If you have spent the last several weeks indulging (overindulging?) on too much rich food, drink, and sweets, you are not alone! I am definitely guilty of all of the above and now find myself feeling bloated and just plain yucky! To help relieve some of the bloating and water retention from all my holiday celebrating, I decided to look into some ways to feel better.
Believe me, I know it’s HARD to “beat the bloat” with all the temptations surrounding us during the holidays! Luckily, with some simple tips, you can naturally look and feel your best at holiday events!
To avoid bloating — eat natural diuretics, foods with lots of potassium, and avoid sodium. Diuretics, like water and protein, help to flush your body of excess fluid, while potassium combats sodium and its negative effects.
It may seem counter-intuitive to drink water when you’re feeling full and bloated, but it will definitely help! If you’re drinking plenty of water, you’re sending signals to your body that it’s okay to release the water and sodium that makes you feel bloated in the first place. If you have a hard time remembering to drink enough water, like me, check out these 23 tips for drinking more water.
Try to eat three of the following foods everyday to feel lighter in no time: grapes, spinach, parsley, bananas, blueberries, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, pineapple, eggs and cherries.
These foods have a lot of water in them, are natural diuretics, and some pack lots of protein!
Peppermint tea is another great option for avoiding bloating. As an antispasmodic, it helps with digestion, flatulence, and bloating. It’s a great way to keep things regular in-between meals.
If you’re already feeling bloated, take a shot of water with a couple drops of peppermint essential oil, or rub the oil on your stomach with a carrier oil (learn more about using and ingesting essential oils here).
Since sodium plays such a large role in bloating, you should definitely avoid packaged, salty snacks! When sodium enters your body, it collects a bunch of water around it, making you feel puffy and bloated.
Carbonated beverages don’t help either, so steer clear of these snacks for a couple days before your holiday feast!
Cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and collard greens) contain naturals sugars that are difficult to digest. These foods cause gas and bloating, so opt for spinach or asparagus instead!
If you experience bloating alongside constipation or diarrhea, you could suffer from something more serious and should consult a doctor, but these simple tips should help you avoid general bloating, and enjoy a happier, healthier holiday!
I hope you enjoy a bloat-free holiday season this year!