For celebrity trainers Chris and Heidi Powell, the answer to beating belly bloat in time for Summer is simple: you've got to cut back on salt. Heidi called sodium a "magnet for water," since overconsumption can cause you to retain fluid, which can leave you feeling bloated. According to the couple, when there's too much sodium in your diet, it doesn't matter how many sit-ups you do. There's still a layer of water that's covering up all your hard work.
Beyond debloating for bikini season, a low-sodium diet (less than 1,500 milligrams per day) can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and stroke — all important long-term benefits that should not be ignored.
From breakfast to dinner, check out all our tasty, natural recipes that offer less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving, the recommended amount for a low-sodium meal from both the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association.