Whether it's caused by trapped air, stalled digestion, or water retention, bloating can derail belly-blasting efforts. Eat slowly so you don't swallow too much air, relax to ease digestion-disrupting stress, and limit sodium to fewer than 1,500 mg per day. And most important, choose bloat-busting foods, like these.
By Leah McLaughlin
Along with peppermint tea and ginger, fennel is a superstar when it comes to aiding digestion. It soothes the smooth muscles of the bowel, minimizing swelling. Fennel is rich in potassium and a phytonutrient called anethole, which may also reduce inflammation in the stomach and elsewhere in the body.