7 Healthy Tips to De-Bloat Over the Festive Season
'Tis the season.. I choose to live a daily healthy life and love doing so, but at this time of year when the delicious vino has been opened and the yummy foods are on the table. I choose to indulge a little and enjoy the time with my loved ones.
We all indulge, and that's ok!
Here are 7 simple healthy tips to bounce back and beat that belly bloat:
One of the most powerful ways to rehydrate is to drink lots of water. For purification of your body, it is essential to drink water as soon as you wake up. Drinking water gives you bright, radiant skin by removing all of the toxins from the blood.
Rehydrating your body will signal your body to release retained fluids and relieve bloating. In addition to water, drink coconut water or tea (ginger and peppermint are great for tummies) to alleviate bloat.
2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Drink one to two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar 10 to 20 minutes before meals. The vinegar kick starts digestion so your stomach can better manage your meal (and thus helps you avoid bloating all together).
3. CHOOSE FRUITS & VEGE WISELY
Fruit like cherries, peaches, grapes, and mangoes can bloat you even though they have plenty of amazing nutritional benefits and are super healthy. The cause of the bloat is the amount of sugar found in these fruits. So, turn instead to fruits like blueberries, strawberries, melon and oranges, which have less sugar content, and also happen to be packed with water (which can help with the de-bloating action).
Aim for green veggies that have high water content and are super fibrous, like cucumber, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, kale, celery, romaine, and broccoli. They contain loads of minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium to ease water retention. If you’re feeling bloated, try to avoid beans, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage as these can cause gas.
4. AVOID SALTY FOODS
Consuming excess sodium results in fluid buildup, which can cause you to feel bloated and uncomfortable. Avoid processed foods and adding salt to your meals to reduce your risk of feeling bloated.
5. SWEAT IT OUT!
Getting rid of the salt ions through sweat will greatly help to reduce bloating. Drink plenty of water while you're in the sauna to stay hydrated and help flush out the toxins.
Try dry body brushing beforehand. Dry body brushing detoxifies and rejuvenates your skin. It also helps rid toxins from your lymphatic system and improves circulation.
6. GET YOUR BODY MOVING
Take a brisk walk, do some yoga, go to the gym, whatever gets your breath flowing and blood pumping again.
Once you're out there in the fresh air or on your mat you will not only feel lighter but the mind fog will clear, you'll feel energised and your confidence renewed.
7. SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP
Sleeping is when your body is doing all the repair processes - it rejuvenates cells, aids digestion, and allows your body to process all of the indulgent foods and beverages over the festive season.
Sleeping also allows your metabolism to get back to its homeostatic normality and begin to burn fat again. Going to bed early and giving yourself at least 8 hours of sleep will help you feel rested and curb the cravings that you have when you're tired.
Remember to be kind to yourself. This is a time for cheer and hanging out with your loved ones. It's ok to be a little indulgent. Stay present and enjoy it all! It only takes a few days to get back into your regular clean eating self-care regime.
Shine on Beauties!