10 Tips for Beating the Bloat
Hey Hot Stuff!
I don’t know about you but Halloween is not my friend right now. Throwing Reese’s around in my face like eat me and stuff…UGH my stomach hurts just thinking about all sugar flowing through my body. With that being said, I wanted to stay away from a ‘detox’ post but still wanted to help you beat the bloat this holiday season. When I think of ‘detox’ I think of cleanses, diets and weird drink concoctions and that’s not what I’m trying to be about. I’m going to give you ten of my favorite – natural – foods, drinks and tips you can find anywhere or do anytime because I think they work the best. That means no more fad diets or plans, just learning how stay right this holiday season – and – year round.
If you feel like you are getting out of control, just bring it back to the basics, focus on keeping stress to a minimum, eating right and adding some of the below bad boys into the mix.
Here are my 10 Tips for Beating the Bloat:
- Drink Water: As I said in my tips for staying healthy post, the holidays can bring out the best and worst in drink form. Those sugary, loaded pumpkin-spice whatevers are definitely not good for the waistline. However, the holidays can also bring delicious teas like sugar cookie sleigh ride, candy cane lane, caramel apple dream and White Christmas. But back to water, it helps your kidneys cleanse and rid your body of toxins. If you want an extra boost, add lemon it helps flush the toxins.
- Grapefruit: Not only does grapefruit help curb hunger, it helps boost your metabolism. It also helps keep your skin in great shape since it is high in vitamin C. According to Medical Daily, “the smell of citrus fruit can make a difference on curbing our stress and anxiety levels, and depression”.
- Asparagus: Aside from the fact that asparagus is packed with nutrients, it is a good source of fiber. According to EatingWell.com “Asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts.”
- Mint and Peppermint: I love adding mint and lemon to my water but I also love peppermint teas. Mint is a stimulant which stimulates the digestive enzymes. It soothes your tummy and smells great so it’s a win-win.
- Kale: Kale can help lower cholesterol, is weight loss friendly, and it is full of fiber and sulfur. Fiber and sulfur are great for detoxifying your body and liver.
- Stay Away from Artificial Sweeteners: If you are looking to keep the bloat to a minimum, then it is best to avoid foods or products with artificial sweeteners. “Sweetened foods and beverages has been identified as the cause of any number of negative health prospects, including being overweight or even obese, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome” according to Medical Daily.
- Limit Dairy: When I’m getting ready for a fitness photoshoot or show, I like to limit my dairy. Some peoples bodies are more sensitive to dairy and may react differently. I have found that when I limit my dairy my bloating reduces. I never fully eliminate a food group but when I am looking to tighten up, I limit my dairy consumption.
- Yoga: Yoga exercises promote rhythmic breathing and just 15 minutes can help beat the bloat and ease stomach pains. Poses like the bridge pose, stretch and stimulate your abdominal muscles which is great relief for bloating.
- Ginger: Ginger helps properly break down foods and relieves digestive problems. Ginger also reduces pain and inflammation. I know I’m talking a lot about the digestive system, but bloating and the digestive system go together like PB&J.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Another natural diuretic that leads to better overall health. You can add it to recipes or water and you don’t need much of it, maybe a tablespoon or so. It can help give a sluggish system a quick boost.
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