Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I think this is a common problem woman face today. I know this is something I am trying to overcome.

There are several things that may be causing your pooch belly.

1) You may not be drinking enough water

Being in a state of dehydration will cause your body to hold onto fluid that is currently has, causing a bloated stomach and/or puffy body. This is a survival mechanism that has existed since the beginning of time. Our bodies require water to function. If you are not getting enough of it, the body will retain the water it does have access to until more water becomes available again

Solution: Duh! Drink more water. Your body will remain properly hydrated and will function optimally- allowing excess water to be eliminated- which will flatten out your tummy within a few short days.

2) You could be consuming too much salt

An excess salt in your body will cause water retention (similar to dehydration) and you will quickly get a bloated midsection

Solution: Read your labels. Salt is hidden in so many foods, that we often don't know we're consuming it. So be aware of what you are putting into your body. Prepare meals as often as possible to control the amount of salt content.

3) You may have a food allergy you are unaware of

Many people suffer from a gluten allergy and more a gluten sensitivity. Keep a food journal and note when your "baby bump" makes an appearance (for example, is it when you eat bread of pasta?). You may start to notice a trend and you may even want to consider going for an allergy testing or seeking out professional advice from a dietitian.

4) Stress= pooch When your stressed out, the body produces an influx of cortisol- the hormone that will give fat deposits the "thumbs up" to sit in your stomach. Take a serious look at how much stress you have in your life.

Solution: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, but it can also cause stress if you are not giving your body enough time to recover between workouts. To help alleviate stress, ensure you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Consider meditation or yoga as a way of coping with your busy mind or make an appointment for a massage. Taking time out for something that brings you happiness is often the best way to curb stress and, ultimately, give that pooch a rest to.

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Hi.. Im Katie. I am 20 years old. I am a student nurse. I love learning about healthy eating and living healthy lifestyles. There are so many lies and myths about the food we eat today and I am determined to spread the word. If you have any questions don't be shy to ask. Email me at k_rotgans@hotmail.com P.S I am not a doctor, I do not diagnose conditions. I am just hear to educate myself and others. Any symptoms I address please see your doctor.
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