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Vacation Series: 6 Ways to Beat Bloat


Vacation Series: 6 Ways to Beat Bloat

Summer’s in full swing and whether you plan to hit the beach or not, feeling bloated can make even the best vacation day uncomfortable. Follow these tips to keep bloat away!

Eat a Potato: The potassium in potatoes is not even topped by the ever-popular banana (890mg in a medium potato vs. 487mg in a large banana). Include one medium potato in a meal and you’ve already met 25% of your daily needs. Potassium helps counterbalance too much sodium (and too much sodium can mean water retention). We love oven baked potato wedges with a piece of fish or chicken for dinner. You can even add boiled or roasted potatoes on top of a salad.

Sip Slowly: This goes for keeping your consumption of fruity cocktails to just one or two as well as sipping non-alcoholic beverages more slowly (even water). Gulping down drinks means gulping down a lot of air too, and that can lead to air bubbles in your stomach and intestines, which can cause bloating. Also, skip the straw — sipping through a straw can increase the amount of air you swallow.

Embrace Snacks: Having a snack between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner serves two bloat-beating purposes. One, it keeps you from getting so hungry that you scarf your food down in the first minute you lay eyes on your plate. Eating too quickly can leave you gasping for air between rapid-fire bites. Two, waiting until you’re famished to eat a meal can mean eating more than you actually need, which can lead to a full belly that turns into a bloated belly.

Skip Packaged Foods with Added Fiber: Foods that advertise themselves as being high in fiber, but contain added fibers like chicory root and inulin, can lead to bloating. These types of fibers can be tougher to digest. Better to get your fiber from foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and starchy veggies (like potatoes!).

Take Ten: Take a leisurely ten-minute stroll after meals. This not only feels great if you’ve been traveling, but can help reduce bloating by reducing the build up of air bubbles in your intestines after a meal.

Sip Ginger Tea: If you’re feeling bloated, sip some hot or iced ginger tea. We love Yogi® Tea and Traditional Medicinals® tea brands, which come in individually packaged tea bags that are easy to travel with (just add the hot water!) Ginger and its metabolites tend to accumulate in the intestines — so it’s not surprising that it would be helpful for stomach/intestine-related symptoms. Plus, sipping on tea is hydrating too, which can help reduce bloat if you’ve eaten a bit too much salty food.

What’s your best vacation feel-good tip?

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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

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