So St. Paddy’s day just passed. Corned beef and cabbage is a family favorite, and of course with my mom’s homemade soda bread. Needless to say, I ate a lot of salt and carbs… for 2 days (leftovers!). I woke up the next day SUPER bloated.
I mean my socks-were-cutting-into-my-ankles kind of bloated. I tried drinking enough water throughout the day, but my water intake couldn’t keep up with all of the festive food I was indulging on. Luckily, the post-holiday bloat was no shock to me because I knew these kinds of things happened.
However, just because I expected it to happen doesn’t make it any less annoying. So you can safely assume I was on a mission to de-bloat, ASAP.
Has this ever happened to you? Do you wanna know how to fix it quickly? Keep reading 🙂
10 ways to de-bloat in 24 hours
- Drink more water. This will help to flush out the sodium in your system that is holding onto water. If you need help with this, you can read my post with tips on how to drink more water, here.
- Avoid caffeine. This goes a long with tip number one, but caffeine is a diuretic, and if the body thinks it is going to be dehydrated it is going to hold onto whatever water it can. The more water you drink, your body knows that it’s hydrated and it can release some of what it was holding on to.
- Start your day off with warm lemon water. I know, water again… but starting your day with warm lemon water on an empty stomach can help get things moving in the digestion department.
- Get a good sweat on. Sweating is a good way to help get rid of some of that excess sodium in your body.
- Eat slow and don’t talk while you eat. This sounds like just plain good ol’ manners, but eating slowly and not talking while you eat helps prevent getting air trapped in your system, making you gassy/belch.
- Avoid gas-producing foods. This includes cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower etc. Aim for vegetables that have a high water content like salad greens, cucumber, and zucchini.
- Make it a low carb day. Carbs also retain water. By limiting the amount of carbs you eat, you minimize the water-retention potential.
- Avoid salty foods. This seems like a no-brainer since this is one of the main reasons you’re in this mess, but don’t eat any more salty foods! Keep your meals clean and simple.
- Practice portion control. Over-eating is a guaranteed way to keep feeling bloated. Don’t eat until you feel stuffed; follow proper portion sizes for a balanced meal.
- Take an epsom salt bath. Taking an epsom salt bath can help draw excess sodium out of the body.
There you have it! 10 easy ways to de-bloat in a day. Don’t feel discouraged by bloating, it happens to the best of us 😉
What tricks do you use to get rid of bloat?