Do you watch what you eat, avoid inflammatory foods, stick to a healthy exercise routine, and still struggle with belly bloat on a regular basis? It could be a "healthy" drink that's to blame—one you might consider cutting out of your diet altogether.
Though many of us turn to carbonated water for a healthy alternative to harmful sodas (La Croix, anyone?), it might not be doing our stomach any favors. My Body+Soul recently reached out to accredited practicing dietitian Charlene Grosse to weigh in on the subject, and she says "sparkling mineral water simply contains natural gasses, or has been artificially carbonated by pumping carbon dioxide through it. Therefore, carbonated water can cause a buildup of air that can move down the digestive tract and into the colon, causing bloating and gas."
So what's the takeaway for those looking to end the bloat or finally achieve a flatter tummy? "If you have stomach issues and experience these after drinking carbonated water, you may be better off eliminating it," she says. If you still want your bubbly fix, mineral water beats out soda water or seltzers because it's naturally carbonated. Otherwise, fermented drinks like kombucha could be a refreshing way to enjoy some carbonation while also aiding with digestive health.
Now that you know what to cut from your diet to combat bloating, check out these bloat-fighting foods you should add.
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