Posted on November 28 2016
If you're like me, you ate way too much this Thanksgiving. We all know that the real stars of any Thanksgiving spread are the sides: sweet water cornbread, dressing with cranberry sauce, candied yams, macaroni & cheese, baked corn (not sure if this is just a Pennsylvania thing or a "my family" thing?), green bean casserole, black-eyes peas and tomatoes, macaroni salad, collards with turkey necks, mashed potatoes and gravy...I could go on forever.
Give me the pan of mac n' cheese and candied yams I'm S O L I D!
Now that WE (emphasis on "we") have stuffed ourselves with these horridly wonderful glutenous carbs sticking to our insides, what are we going to do to get rid of the uncomfortable bloating aftermath!? Don't fret! I am here to offer a few simple things you can incorporate into your current regimen to help kick the bloat and have you back on track with your Fit and Thick workouts ASAP:
1. Fire Cider in the morning and evening. Fire Cider is my holy grail for reducing bloat as well as helping me to avoid seasonal allergies and illness. Fire cider is a healing tonic that can range in ingredients but most typically it includes horseradish, onion, garlic, hot peppers, herbs, and ginger soaked in a base of organic apple cider vinegar and balanced with a touch of raw honey. Fire cider helps to aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost metabolism. All of which aid in kicking bloat to the curb. It also helps to boost energy, break up mucus and congestion (who had cheese and dairy products?) keeping your immune system strong through winter months. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties reduce unnecessary candida growth, a major culprit of bloat, gas, and digestive issues many of us deal with. You can make this yourself (it takes about a month), or I enjoy this store-bought brand. Be sure to take it mixed with your morning water or after breakfast and dinner and not on an empty stomach.
2. Good ol' H20. Of course you already knew this, but it can't be said enough how important it is to get back to the basics and hydrate your fit and thickness with a tall, sexy glass of water. Water helps the lymphatic system to cleanse the blood of all of the nasty toxins that are lingering from our not-so-healthy Thanksgiving festivities. Give your water a lift by adding lemon or lime juices, and/or a splash of ACV (or fire cider). Citrus juices help to balance the pH and reduce inflammation in the body. Did you know the more water you drink, the less you retain? Staying properly hydrated is a fantastic way to literally flush away your water retention from this weekend and help to reduce your turkey day food baby in no time!
3. Sip dandelion tea. Dandelion is a bitter tea that is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It helps to cleanse the liver plus boosts metabolism and the process of converting fats into energy. Bitter taste is lacking heavily in the Standard American Diet, but when incorporated, helps to bring balance and harmony to the body. If you've never had dandelion tea, start with a cup a day in the evening time as it can act as a mild laxative. If you can't drink it straight, put a lil raw honey in there and let this super herb carry your bloating blues away.
What are some things you've done to naturally reduce bloating? Let us know in the comments below!
Your time and thoughts are appreciated,
Shera is one of our Chicago Ambassadors and shares info on self-care, mental fitness, and preventative wellness on her website www.sheslively.com.