The holiday season is here! If over indulging in holiday desserts and drinks has your tummy in an uproar, here are 6 natural ways to beat holiday bloat that will also help to keep your waistline in check!
The worst thing you can do is not drink water when you are experiencing bloat. If you are bloated your body is retaining an excess amount of water. Retaining water is actually your body’s way of holding on to fluid so you don’t dehydrate. Drinking more of the right fluids will actually help to flush your system of the excess. Lemons are a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative when added to warm water. Drinking this can help reduce the amount of salt retained in the body which is a huge culprit behind bloating.
Eat your veggies (slowly)
Eating the right vegetables with the right amount of water content can help to purge your body of toxins and excess fluid. Vegetables like cucumber, summer squashes, parsley and celery are all great choices to get rid of the bloat. Since many greens and beans are jam-packed with fiber be sure to gradually add them to your diet. Abruptly adding these fiber filled foods to your diet may cause additional gas which will leave you worse off than where you started.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with apple cider vinegar. ACV has so many amazing benefits from health to hair and beauty. Raw, unfiltered & unpasteurized ACV is loaded with probiotics and other beneficial bacteria that will knock gas and bloat right out of your tummy. ACV can also help those suffering from constipation. Just take a tablespoon diluted in tea or water before meal time. This will also help you to feel full longer which can help aid in weight loss and management. Just add raw organic honey for a more tolerable taste.
Ginger is one of my more tasty and refreshing remedies to fight bloating. You can prevent bloating prior to or during mealtime by having a small cup of ginger tea or adding grated ginger to your food. Ginger relieves bloat by helping to stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion, thus, minimizing bloat. If you’re already experiencing major bloat, just drink a small cup of ginger tea for relief. Ginger tea has muscle relaxant properties that can help relieve gases trapped in a constricted digestive system. Bloating and intestinal cramps are often caused by excess trapped air, tension and spasms in your gastrointestinal tract. By gently relieving these constrictions, ginger tea can help release trapped digestive gases and alleviate bloating.
Fennel seeds are very effective for digestive problems like bloating due to their anti-spasmodic, diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial properties. Fennel seeds help relieve bloating by relaxing muscle spasms and decreasing the pain caused by this excessive trapped air in the digestive tract. Just chew on a few fennel seeds right after eating a big meal to keep bloating at a minimum. It’ll also give you the added effect of fresh breath. Just be sure to stay away from gum, even the sugar free kind, at all costs. I explain why here: http://healthyhairtotoe.com/2015/07/17/7-easy-steps-to-de-bloat/
You can also add one teaspoon of fennel seeds to 1 cup of hot water. Next, cover and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain it & have this tea two or three times a day.
One of the easiest and most overlooked things you can do to prevent and treat bloating is excercise. Lack of physical activity is actually one of the biggest culprits behind bloating, gas and even constipation. Simple activities such as cardio, walking, running, jogging, cycling, swimming and even stair climbing can help the excessive trapped air pass through the digestive system. As little as 10 minutes a day will help get your digestive track on the right path. You should gradually increase your cardio activity to 15 minutes and then eventually 25-30 minutes per day. You can opt for a more relaxing approach such as yoga as well. Poses such as downward dog, reclined goddess and bridge pose help to stimulate, tone and massage your abdominal organs. This will essentially leave you with a less stressed digestive system.
Keep in mind, if you’re eating unhealthy foods you will never be able to keep bloating and other stomach issues away. Give your body the nutritional support it needs by staying away from chemically engineered & processed foods. When you buy whole, unrefined, unprocessed, and high quality foods you not only minimize your chances of bloat but you create the most optimal environment for your body and health to thrive for years to come.
What remedies do you use to combat bloat? Comment below to share!
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