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23 September 2014

Daily Flat Tummy Tips

Posted by Magdalena from FTT

Preventing bloating for good takes a holistic approach.  Flat Tummy Tea aids in the detoxifying and digestion process however to gain the most from our tea, slight lifestyle changes are a must.  Below are some quick and easy tips to get you well on the way to a flatter tummy (of course, with the help of Flat Tummy Tea).

  • Slow down your eating and chew more – this allows the digestive process to begin in your mouth as the food is broken down and gives the stomach longer to process the incoming food – meals should take 30 mins on average.
  • Eat smaller meals more often – this stops overeating and helps control blood sugar (also reduces those mid-arvo chocolate binges) – aim for 5 or 6 small meals.
  • Detox your body – take a break from all of those bloat inducing foods for two weeks and allow good bacteria to grow and thrive in your tummy (with the help of Flat Tummy Tea).
  • Take additional vitamin and mineral supplements  when needed on the advice of your doctor.
  • Take a daily probiotic – this is good bacteria which helps break down food – also found in foods such as greek yoghurt.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day – walking is a great way to stimulate digestion and boost energy levels, as are body weight exercises. See our '7 Day Flat Tummy Workout' blog for inspiration. 
  • Talk to your doctor – bloating effects the vast majority of women and numerous men however if you have avoided gassy foods, lead a healthy lifestyle but have still felt little benefit from Flat Tummy Tea, please seek medical advice.

For best results, try incorporating the following flat tummy foods into your diet:
  • Water – drink 6-8 glasses per day.

  • Fibre (an essential) – 25 grams daily for women and 38 grams for men - from whole-grains, fruit, veggies, nuts, lean white meat, brown rice etc.  This assures our body is able to both process and dispose of the excess.

  • The following fresh fruit:
    • Oranges and watermelon are predominantly made up of water which helps flush our system of toxins (and are also low in calories).
    • Strawberries and blueberries – these are high in fibre to help keep us regular.
    • Pineapple – helps with digestion as it breaks down proteins in the stomach.
    • Grapefruit – has a water content of 90% and is high in fat-burning enzymes.
    • Bananas – high in potassium which can offset sodium, which prevents bloat.
    • Red grapes – high in insoluble fibre which helps keep your digestive system regular.
  • The following veggies:
    • Lettuce, spinach and kale – these are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals – aids in acid indigestion and constipation.
    • Cucumber – they contain a high percentage of water and are a natural diuretic which helps flush toxins from the body and help stimulate kidney function – low in both sodium and calories.
    • Asparagus – this helps reduce water retention, keeping that tummy flat.
  • Lean protein – eating such protein ensures you won’t go hungry and does not induce bloating
    • Lean meat – chicken, fish (not processed) – white meats tend to be less fatty than red or processed meat which means they are easier to digest.
  • Whole grains – a good source of fibre, helping you feel fuller for longer.

  • Eggs (particularly egg whites) – high in protein which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and induces urination, helping banish the bloat.

  • Garlic – helps reduce fat in the liver, helping it to detoxify the body.
  • Chilli – helps to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.  This can also kick-start the metabolism and curb food cravings.

  • Parsley – it reduces bloating caused by water retention.  Parsley also improves appetite and promotes digestion.

  • Natural yoghurt – it promotes the growth of good bacteria which helps to prevent excess gas.  It also has a high water content, helping flush out our system.