Do you have a special event coming up but your stomach just doesn’t want to corporate? Not only is belly bloating uncomfortable, but it makes it really hard to fit in a dress. Sometimes the cause is obvious, like Aunt Flo coming in for a visit, but other times, it’s not so black and white.

If you have a few hours to kill before the event, there are actually a few things that you can try before you have to slip into your dress and go. Here are just a few of those anti-bloating tips that will make your stomach look and feel better.

1. Treat Yourself to a Metabolism Tea

So many tea choices and all of them are good. Instead of waking up your coffee pot, turn to a warm cup of ginger tea instead. It will improve the health of your digestive system and get rid of your craving to have sugar for breakfast.

If the thought of drinking ginger churns your stomach, peppermint tea is a great alternative. It’s refreshing, helps your digestive system, and is one of the best remedies for a sore throat.

2. Lemon Water with Cayenne Pepper

Lemon and cayenne pepper, a combination that while may taste great on a poultry dish, is a little questionable in water. It’s actually not too bad and is a really good anti-bloating tonic.

Put this together an hour or so before an event to stimulate digestion, relieve any cramping that’s coming with the bloating, and get rid of gas. Cayenne pepper can do it all, the lemon is just for taste.

3. Take a Bath with Epsom Salt

You have to take a bath before an event anyway, you might as well throw in Epsom salt and relieve bloating while you’re at it. Sometimes you’re bloated because you’re retaining water and Epsom salt and pull it out of you.

The only drawback to this is that while using Epsom salt is a great anti-bloating method, it can also dehydrate you. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it, it just means that you should probably only use it once a week.

4. Avoid Some Veggies

There are some veggies that stop bloating, and others who make it much worse. Granted, they still contain good stuff that benefits your body, they just don’t contribute to a flatter stomach.

Veggies that cause bloating include artichokes, white onions, corn, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, raw spinach, and button mushrooms. If you still want to eat kale and spinach, they can help de-bloat your belly if you toss them into a smoothy and asparagus is fine if you skip out on the salt.

5. Stop Chewing Gum

Sometimes when you’re thirsty but don’t have access to water, you’ll chew gum. This is actually a bad idea if you want to cut back on belly bloat. When you chew it, it actually causes you to swallow air, which causes your stomach to bloat.

Gum is also chocked full of artificial sweeteners and alcohols. If gum is still a nervous tick that you don’t want to or can’t give up, reach for the organic gum. These don’t have the same additives that most gums have and they taste just as good.

6. Workout

If you have a few hours to kill before an event, then do a quick workout at home. Sweating actually helps you debloat so before you hop in the shower, workout to get a sweat going.

A tip with this, make sure that you don’t chug water right before you workout. This will leave you with a bloated feeling and you’ll practically be able to hear it moving around in your stomach while you workout. It just makes your stomach swell up which is what you want to avoid.

It is important to be hydrated when you workout so if you drink the water about 2 hours before you start working out, you should be fine.

7. Chug Water

If you’re not about to workout then, by all means, chug water. It is great for de-bloating your belly. You see, your body retains water when you’re dehydrated causing your belly to swell up, so if you drink plenty of water, you’ll stop your body from doing that.

Another thing it does is flush waste out of your system and stop constipation in its tracks. If the taste of water makes you gag, then you can go for foods that contain a surplus of it such as cucumbers and watermelon.

8. Eat a Banana

Do you lay the salt on thick when you’re eating? Sodium is one of the biggest culprits of tummy bloating because it causes you to retain water. If you do like your salt, then eating foods rich in potassium can help balance it out.

Not only does potassium regulate your sodium levels, but it also controls your bloating. So, if you’re feeling bloated reach for a banana and see if that doesn’t help.

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