MARDI GRAS

Three Ways to De-Bloat After Mardi Gras
One of my favorite things about February is Mardi Gras! Costumes, celebrations, and rich, decadent food…  but what happens afterward when you’re feeling puffy, bloated, overstuffed?
Don’t worry, I’ve got your back with some remedies to beat the bloat. But first, let’s look at what’s happening when we experience digestive bloating.
Bloating is a kind of swelling which may cause abdominal pain, increased stomach noises, and can sometimes be accompanied by gas. Among the many things that can cause bloating are overeating (more king cake, anyone?), stress, and/or not chewing food properly. It’s imperative to avoid those behaviors to remain bloat-free, but since we are human and enjoy a good overindulgence now and then, here are three simple home remedies to de-bloat.

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1. Water.
Dehydration is one of the leading causes of bloating, and the cure can come right from your kitchen sink! Drink lots and lots of water. It’s kind of a no-brainer that drinking a lot of alcohol or eating foods that are too salty (like that steaming bowl of jambalaya) consistently results in bloating. Water helps wash the waste out of your system. Drink eight glasses of water daily and, if possible, swap all your beverages with water. Doing so can help you lose weight and have great skin, too!

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2. Evaluate your fiber intake.
Yes, fiber is a good thing, but for some people (especially those with digestive inflammation) too much fiber can be difficult to digest and results in bloating. If you’re trying to increase your daily fiber intake, go slowly so that your digestive system can adjust accordingly. Also, always remember to include plenty of water to support good digestion.

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3. Increase potassium.
When you eat too much salt (as we often do when there’s party food and alcohol around), be sure to increase your potassium intake to help you de-bloat. Avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas and coconut water are all rich in potassium.

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BONUS TIP – Warm water, lemon and a pinch of turmeric.
This is a wonder trick. Very simple and inexpensive, yet effective. If you have inflammation or are suffering from bloating, this drink will always be your life-saver. It benefits every system in your body and does wonders for your long-term health as well.
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Three Ways to De-Bloat After Mardi Gras
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