Bloating is a very common and annoying symptom to deal with. You slide on your favorite skinny jeans to find your stomach is too swollen to zip them. There are many possibilities as to why; you could be retaining fluids, have exxcess gas or maybe you are constipated. There are many ways to get rid of the bloating though, including:

  1. Avoiding soda. Carbonated drinks, like soda, have bubbles in them that make your belly stickout.
  2. Prep yourself for PMS. If your stomach swells up before and/or during your period you need to make sure you're getting enough calcium (1200 mg a day) and magnesium (200 to 400 mg a day) in your diet. These two nutrients help relieve PMS symptoms. You can also take Midol, which contains mild diuretics.
  3. Limit your sugar substitutes. Many people have a hard time digesting artificial sweeteners like sorbitol. Avoid sugar-free gum and candy, which can cause gas and diarrhea.
  4. Eat potassium=rich foods. Potassium helps regulate the fluid balance in your body which helps keep bloat away. Foods high in potassium include: bananas, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes and nuts. High potassium foods like these also contain an amino acid called asparagine that acts as a diuretic to flush excess liquid out of your system.
  5. Stop eating carbs. at night. Bread and pasta are starches that may cause people to retain water. Avoid them at night so that you don't wake up bloated.
  6. Add parsely to your food. Throw some fresh chopped parsely on your food because it's a natural diuretic.
  7. Avoid habits that cause you to open your mouth. If you smoke, chew gum, drink through a straw or talk while you are eating you are swollowing air. Change your habits to avoid this.
  8. Take a probiotic. Probiotics are good bateria found in supplements and yogurt that can help keep you regular and free of bloat.
  9. Apply pressure to your abdomen. To help release excess gas you can massage your abdomen towards you GI tract. You will need to press your fingers near your right hip, slide up toward your ribs, across and down near your colon in a circular motion.
  10. Get some exercise. Walk for atleast 15 to 20 minutes a day to fight constipation and keep food moving through your digestive tract. Also, working up a sweat releases fluids.