With summer knocking on everyone’s door, it is inevitable that an urbanista’s calendar would be filled not only with planned get-togethers, but also with out of the blue belly-baring festivities. Here are tried and tested ways to quickly erase any sign of bloating and get beach body ready in time for any last minute celebrations under the sun:
Drink hot ginger tea with lemon
Get things moving first thing in the morning with unsweetened ginger tea flavored with lemon slices to detox and stimulate your digestive system. While tea bags are readily available in the market, nothing beats fresh slices of ginger simmered in hot water to excite your senses. Another option that health gurus swear by is to dilute one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water.
Balance out potassium with bananas and squash
A bloated body and a puffy face signal out of sync levels of sodium and potassium in your body. Load up on squash to temporarily replace your choice of starch for a mildly sweet complement to your meal without the bloating effect of fiber. To round off, feel free to take a bite or two of the ever-reliable potassium-filled banana.
Get things moving with papaya and pineapple
Aid your digestive system while reducing inflammation with a cocktail of papain and bromelain – enzymes found in slices of papaya and pineapple. Bonus points that these fruits are water-heavy, guaranteed to give you a youthful glow while flushing out unwanted toxins from your body.
Prefer protein and hydrate
While fiber is generally good for you, too much can actually burden your digestive system and add unwanted bloat and gas. On days when you feel like a balloon, swap carb-laden dishes for protein-rich meals. Think poached salmon and scrambled eggs paired with hydrating cucumbers and low sugar fruits, like grapefruits, to help you deflate while nourishing your skin.
Ditch dairy, artificial sweeteners, cruciferous vegetables, dried fruits, high sugar fruits and gassy legumes
Several kinds of food are known for generally causing bloat due to the way they are digested in our bodies and ferment in our intestines, such as dairy (except for yogurt), artificial sweeteners, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and kale, dried fruits like prunes, high sugar fruits like apples and pears, and lentils and beans. Although each person reacts to certain food differently, it may be prudent to temporarily ban these from your plate until you can comfortably button your pants.
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