How To Debloat In A Day!
With the holiday season just around the corner, it is inevitable that we are going to be surrounded by lots of food — and not all of this may be healthy. I’ve shared tips for easy ways to stay healthy during the holidays but you might be wondering what to do if you’ve already overindulged?
To help you out, I thought I would put together some of my best tips on how to debloat for those of us who may have eaten a little too much and are in need of some relief the next day!
How to debloat
There can be a number of different causes of bloating but whatever the reason, I’m sure we can all agree it is uncomfortable. What makes it worse is bloating can sometimes trick you into thinking you haven’t lost weight or that you are doing something wrong. The good news is that there are ways to get rid of bloating so you can feel comfortable again.
These are my top tips to help you de-bloat:
1. Drink water
How to debloat fast — drink plenty of water! Water can help to restore balance in your body and help it to run smoothly again, which is exactly what you need after eating fatty and sugary foods.
When you’re feeling bloated and full, drinking things such as soft drinks may make it worse. The bubbles in fizzy drinks move air into your stomach, which can make you feel more bloated and uncomfortable. Try to keep a drink bottle with you at all times — it makes it easier to remember to sip on water throughout the day. Another great option is to have some fruit-infused water if you’re trying to cut back on soft drink but still want some flavour.
2. Give ginger a go
To get rid of bloating, try giving some ginger a go! Ginger can be so helpful for smoothing your stomach because it can help to stimulate the digestive juices, assisting with the breakdown of food. That means your stomach can process the food more easily, so it empties faster. The gases produced in this time can then move through your small intestine more quickly — helping to reduce any buildup and discomfort.
It is best to use fresh ginger (if possible) so that you can reap its full benefits, including easing an upset stomach. Ginger can have quite a strong taste if you aren’t used to it, so I recommend taking it slow! Try grating some into a glass of hot water with some freshly squeezed lemon or some honey, which can help to dilute the taste a little. Ginger also tastes amazing when added to juices and smoothies, or you can add it to your main meals, like my prawn stir-fry recipe!
3. Stay away from salt
If you want to know how to get rid of belly bloat, this tip is really valuable! Feeling uncomfortable and bloated from the day before can be the result of eating too many foods high in salt. Salt can cause your body to hold on to excess water and may give you that puffy, bloated feeling. The best way to debloat is to stay away from foods that are high in salt and give your body a chance to let go of all of that excess water. As I mentioned above, drinking water throughout the day can help if you overdid it on the salty foods.
4. Pop a probiotic
Another way to help your body debloat is to include some probiotics in your day. Probiotics can help to balance the digestive flora in your gut, which can help create a healthy microbiome and reduce bloating.
You can find probiotics in food sources such as natural yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented foods. Alternatively, you can take a probiotic supplement, however, remember to check the ingredients list for any sugars or additives.
5. Add asparagus
Asparagus is rich in potassium, which can help to regulate the fluid balance in your body and counteract all of the salt you may have consumed that has made you feel bloated. Chop some up and saute it with a little olive oil or add it to your breakfast omelette.
Try making something nourishing like my quick cauliflower base pizza — it has asparagus but also uses herbs for flavour, so you won’t be overloading on salt.
6. Ease into exercise
It might be the last thing you feel like doing but exercise can help you to debloat fast. When you move the muscles in your body, it stimulates blood flow, which can help to ‘wake up’ your digestive process. Gentle stretches can also be useful for stimulating your organs and aiding the digestive process. Take it slow — you should begin to notice a difference once you’re done. A short walk can help too!
7. Sip some peppermint tea
If you’re wondering how to debloat overnight, sipping on some peppermint tea can be a nice gentle option! Peppermint can help to soothe inflammation and it also aids in relaxing the digestive tract, which makes it easier for food to pass through. A cup of peppermint tea after dinner can help get rid of bloating gently, especially if you accidentally overdid it.
That’s how to debloat in a day!
Now, I don’t want you ladies to worry that you should deprive yourself of holiday eating out of fear of bloating. Just be mindful of the portions you are eating and follow some of these tips and you should be fine.
Even if you are feeling bloated, for whatever reason, remember that you still need to eat! It might be tempting to skip a meal but that will only cause your blood sugar to drop, which can make you feel irritable. It may also lead to overeating later in the day.
Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself and feel guilty if you have overindulged and strayed from your healthy eating habits. Now you know how to debloat, you can focus on helping yourself to feel better.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.