Heads Up: Doing This 20 Minutes Before a Meal Causes Bloating

Bloating might seem like a normal, common occurrence but it shouldn't be. The uncomfortable fluid build-up is your body's way of telling you that something about your diet, medications, or daily routine isn't quite right. While there's an array of reasons you're likely bloated—digestive problems, food sensitivities, and dehydration all play a role—one of the most effective ways to tackle the issue is by taking a closer look at what you eat. 

When researching her new cookbook Eat Good Food, Lorna Jane Clarkson paid particular attention to the nutritional value of ingredients, including their ability to aid with debloating. Ahead, we asked her to share exactly what she eats in 24 hours to avoid bloating and the key ingredients to include in each meal. 

If you're following a healthy diet but still struggle with bloating, one seemingly harmless habit might be to blame. "Avoid drinking water or fluids 20 minutes before or after eating so that you’re not diluting your digestive juices," recommends Clarkson. The liquid fills up your stomach, which delays the digestive process, making you feel swollen and full. 

Looking to overhaul your diet? Follow Lorna Jane Clarkson's 24-hour meal plan to improve digestion, soothe your gut, and avoid bloating. 

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