Three Easy Ways to Banish the Holiday Bloat...and Fast
With the holidays right around the corner, this time of year is full of dishes that are loaded with carbs, sugar and fat. While we all indulge just a little more than normal from the end of November through December, there are some bloat-banishing tactics you can instill to make sure the effects of a good meal don’t stick around for long.
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Drink enough water.
According to certified holistic health coach and cofounder of Raw Generation Jessica Rosen, one of the best ways to get rid of any lingering post-food indulgence bloating is by drinking enough water. "Hydration is pivotal and helps dilute any impurities remaining in your stomach. Water helps your body flush out everything that is making you puffy and bloated,” says Rosen.
Upping your intake of spices, like ginger and cayenne, can help big time. “Ginger helps to eliminate intestinal gas and also relaxes the intestinal tract. Cayenne promotes healthy digestion and effectively reduces indigestion,” says Rosen. “A simple recipe to reduce bloating is to mix coconut water with fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ginger.”
Lay off the dairy.
If you know you’re not going to be eating all that lean and clean, one food Rosen says to try and avoid is dairy. “Cutting it out of your diet for just one week can improve your digestion and lessen bloating after meals.”