Anyone who's ever suffered from bloating on a regular basis can speak to how insufferable it is. Add a bikini and carbonated cocktails to the mix, and you may even keep your cover-up on all day. But aside from avoiding salty foods, eating for gut health, and introducing inflammation-fighting foods into your diet, vitamins and supplements can also play a role in reducing bloating.
Besides the standard probiotic, vitamin D may actually promote gut health too, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. In fact, roughly 82% of the 150 participants with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) weren't getting enough vitamin D in their diet and could possibly benefit from supplementation. Even those taking a probiotic were still experiencing stomach discomfort if their vitamin D levels weren't sufficient, suggesting that vitamin D and gut health are intertwined.
Of course, you can up your vitamin D intake by soaking up some sunshine or eating vitamin D–rich foods like salmon, tuna, eggs, cheese, and portobello mushrooms. It's actually best to keep your vitamin D sources varied (sun, food, and possibly a supplement) in order to look and feel your absolute best.
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