Mild dehydration is bloating. You should be drinking about 8 glasses of water a day to be sufficiently hydrated, more if you’re exercising or lead an active lifestyle. Providing your body with adequate amounts of water restores the body’s sodium balance, which will help your body ward against water retention. Drinking water will also flush your digestive tract, keep it moving and reduce constipation. Plus, water is calorie free. If you’re not a fan of plain water, especially flat/ mineral water (no fizzy water allowed!), try Sassy Water (see next) or herbal tea.
5. DRINK: Sassy Water
The popular book Flat Belly Diet advocates drinking about 8 glasses of sassy water to help calm and soothe your gastrointestinal tract and ward off bloating. Sassy water recipe:
- 2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
- 12 small spearmint leaves.