A Christmas pretox to beat the bloat
The festive season is almost upon us! For many this means a period of overindulgence, buffet binges and late boozy nights, which can leave us feeling a little worse for wear. Get your body into gear before the party season starts with Renew Life’s 10 pretox tips to beat the bloat and help you squeeze into that party dress …
Our skin is the largest organ of elimination, so a good trick to help your body detox before the party season is by dry body brushing before you shower or have a bath. Not only can this help to support movement of lymph fluids, but it’s also a great way to get rid of dead skin cells to reveal healthy, supple and glowing skin. Relaxing in a sauna or taking regular steam baths are also relaxing ways to release toxins from the body through sweat.
DIY peppermint drink
Make your own bloat-busting drink by adding a few drops of essential peppermint oil into warm water with fresh lime to help relax the digestive tract and reduce IBS symptoms.
Sprinkle on your salads. It helps to ward off free radicals and stimulates cleansing enzymes in the liver, which plays a major role in detoxification.
Pop a probiotic
We all tend to treat ourselves a bit more during the festive period, especially with sugary foods and alcoholic drinks that can have a negative impact on our gut bacteria and exacerbate troublesome tummies. Taking a daily probiotic can help protect the body from the negative effects of alcohol by helping to line the stomach with an army of ‘friendly’ bacteria to support healthy gut function before all the festivities begin. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, taking certain probiotics may actually help you lose weight – and keep it off too!
Munch on watermelon
Due to its high water content, watermelon has a natural diuretic property, promoting regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Watermelon also contains potassium, which rids the body of excess sodium, helping to relieve water retention and bloating.
Chew food thoroughly
When we rush meals we’re more likely to swallow excess air, which can cause a build up of stomach gas. Slowing down to enjoy each bite means less air is going into the stomach, helping to avoid indigestion and bloating. According to the experts, indigestion and bloating may be a sign of enzyme deficiency – this can be greatly relieved by taking a digestive enzyme with meals.
Work it out
Physical activity helps air bubbles pass through your digestive tract quicker, so that bloated feeling will disappear faster than if you lounge on the couch. Moderate exercise can also help to relieve constipation and stimulate bowel movement.
Relax and unwind
Stress has been shown to reduce the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can upset the digestion process. Banish the bloat by incorporating relaxation into your daily routine – try doing yoga, reading a book or taking a bath with lavender oil before bedtime.
Fill up on fibre
Fibre acts like a sponge, mopping up fat and toxins for removal from the body, as well as assisting with healthy bowel functioning. This will cleanse your bowels before a heavy month of eating and drinking to help ensure that you can digest the large amounts of food and drink consumed over the festive period effectively. Good sources of fibre include fruits, vegetables, beans, wholegrains and nuts.
Sleep on it
With long days at work, evenings spent gift shopping and social events to attend, it’s important to make sure that you are still getting enough sleep, but it’s usually the last thing on our minds when Christmas time rolls around. Getting good amounts of sleep has been shown to improve memory, creativity and reduce stress, while not getting enough shut-eye has been linked with weight gain. This is because lack of sleep increases the production of hunger hormones, which can result in hunger pangs and play havoc with our metabolism. Make snooze time a priority to help keep trim and build up the energy you need throughout the party season.
Renew Life is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of good digestive health. Renew Life products, including Ultimate Flora Critical Care (RRP £36.99), FibreSMART (RRP £14.99) and DigestMORE (£19.99) are available at various health food stores including Whole Foods, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, and Revital. For more information visit www.renewlife.co.uk