Magazine article Working Mother

Beat Belly Bloat

Magazine article Working Mother

Beat Belly Bloat

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DRINK WATER

Surprisingly, water actually helps flush extra fluid from your body (especially useful when you've got PMS). Try adding lemon, since citrus is thought to soothe your stomach.

SKIP THE SODA

Avoid carbonated beverages as much as possible. All the bubbles in your glass make their way into your belly.

EAT SLOWLY

Chow down on that salad too quickly and you can swallow too much air, which can fill your tummy.

DON'T CHEW GUM

You may also take in excess air when you chew gum.

SALT LIGHTLY

Read the nutrition label to see how much sodium is lurking in your food. The American Heart Association recommends less than one teaspoon of salt per day (23 mg sodium).

Stay in Touch

You've been meaning to schedule a girls' night out, and you owe your college roommate a call. Get on it! Research shows that women who maintain close ties with other women enjoy health benefits like lower blood pressure, increased immunity and longer life expectancy.

* Catch up with the ladies in your life a couple of times a week. Even a quick phone call can do the trick.

* Be a trusted listener for a close girlfriend or someone in your family- you'll both reap the benefits! …

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