Even though the holidays are a few weeks behind us, you may still be experiencing the side effects of all the celebrations including feeling heavy, bloated and stuffed.
These 6 simple, delicious, inexpensive and easily accessible superfoods will help you bounce back and feel better right away.
Ok, so what are those debloating superstars?
Parsley is one of the best foods to help support and detoxify the liver. Compounds in parsley can help kill some bad bacteria and cause the liver to secrete bile, which is the key player in breaking down fat.
Add freshly chopped parsley to smoothies, soups, salads, sauces, dips, dressings and sprinkle on food before serving.
Fennel is a miracle debloater. Fennel tea is my favorite beverage to drink on the first day of my period. It not only reduces bloating, fennel acts as an antispasmodic, relieving cramping. I also love fennel essential oil. I rub it in my abdomen when I feel bloated and always carry it with me when I fly or travel.
To make a refreshing and highly effective debloating tonic combine hot fennel tea with fresh ginger slices (let it steep for at least 15 minutes) and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Quercetin in lemons is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Lemons also help to detoxify the liver and that's why I always recommend my clients to start their day with warm water with lemon to help move things along.
Besides lemon water, my favorite use of lemons is to squeeze them over steamed broccoli.
Cucumbers are 95% water which makes them an ideal hydrating and cooling food. They are anti-inflammatory, low in calories and high in fiber making them a wonderful choice for digestive health.
If you don't enjoy cucumbers in your salads or as a snack, you can easily blend them into a smoothie.
Mint has been one of the most well-knows plants that help support a healthy digestive tract. There is nothing better than a hot cup of mint tea to settle the stomach after a heavy meal or even food poisoning. Research that shows mint may help relieve IBS by soothing pain from inflammation in the GI tract.
Mint can be enjoyed in teas but also added to salads and smoothies. It adds a great boost of flavor.
Ginger is another old remedy that acts as a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and a root that supports digestion of foods. Ginger essential oil is another oil I use on the first day of my period. It helps with stomach discomfort and cramps. Besides rubbing it into my abdomen I make tea with it from fresh ginger slices (and fennel, and lemon).
Want to make a debloating smoothie? Here's my favorite recipe.
Additional tips to help with bloating:
Increase your water intake (aim for half of your body weight in oz).
Remove any fizzy drinks from your diet (including zero calorie ones).
Avoid any sugar alcohols (they can be found in most protein supplements, protein bars, protein shakes and low calorie/low sugar foods).
Monitor your fiber intake - too much or too little can be as troublesome. Aim for about 25 g of fiber per day.
Reduce sodium intake (high sodium diet causes water retention and increases blood pressure).
Eat slowly and mindfully, chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing.
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