Certified nutritionist and Glitter Guide contributor, Kara Stout, offers her professional advice for banishing post-holiday bloating.
After all of the holiday fun, food and festivities, people often feel bloated. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the amount of sugar, “unhealthy” foods and cocktails that surround us during the holidays. Luckily, with some consistency and healthy changes, you can quickly decrease that bloat.
Some general rules I would recommend are to avoid refined sugar, refined carbohydrates, fried food, fast food, heavily processed foods, sodium and table salt. I would also suggest decreasing your beer and alcohol intake, and to be mindful of not overeating. Have you tried a barre class? I see an almost immediate difference after taking this particular class, and you might, too! Finally, go for healthy, plant-based whole foods in general, which will (of course!) help in the bloating department.
In addition to these general recommendations, I’m offering three more simple, yet surefire, ways to quickly decrease bloating below.
- Drink dandelion tea: This tea is detoxifying and is known to decrease bloating basically overnight. I swear by this tea, and all my clients and friends who’ve tried it can attest to its magical de-bloating abilities.
- Magnesium: This mineral is key to good digestion and decreased bloating. You want to consume plenty of magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fish. You can also consider taking a magnesium supplement.
- Take a high-quality probiotic: These friendly bacteria can be very beneficial for improved digestion and a healthy immune system. You can take them as supplements. You can also find them in certain foods like yogurt, kefir, coconut kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha.
Note: If you feel bloated often and are eating a healthy diet the majority of the time and home remedies don’t really help, I suggest meeting with your doctor to rule out the possibility of any food allergies or intolerances.