Foods that are high in water and potassium and low in sodium help flush out unwanted fluids. In particular, beverages containing caffeine. such as coffee and tea, have a diuretic effect, and several other foods, such as celery, lettuce, onion, eggplant, asparagus, parsley, and watermelon, are said to have a diuretic effect, which means they help beat the bloat. But really, all vegetables and fruits will help eliminate excess water from the body – as long as you don’t add salt, of course!.

Also, high-fiber foods act like a brillo pad in the intestines, scrubbing the intestinal walls and soaking up water so that waste can glide through easily. Chances are you aren’t eating enough, since most Americans average less than half the minimum fiber requirement of 25 to 30 grams a day. If you are new to fiber, start slow, since going gang busters on fiber too fast and too furious also can cause bloating. Slowly add fiber-rich foods to your diet to give your body time to adapt. Avoid the laxatives if possible and load the plate with fiber-rich, tasty produce, such as salads, fresh vegetables, fruit, and nuts.

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