Weekends are typically the time to unwind after the manic work week. Between the St. Paddy’s Day hangover and the Sunday brunch food coma, our bodies have to endure many bad choices. It’s not uncommon to wake up Monday morning with a headache, bloated belly and regret.
Typically, the main culprits of a bloated stomach are ingested in copious amounts over the weekend: refined carbs, sodium and booze. While cutting back on these three can help, try incorporating a few more detoxifying superfoods into your diet to beat the bloating belly.
Strawberries and blueberries contain both antioxidants to help soothe your bloated belly, and fiber to get rid of excess waste and water. They’re also packed with nutrients that aid in digestion and fight fluid retention. To prepare for the week, slice up a few strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to top your salad or yogurt throughout the week. Remember, the more berries you consume the more your body will thank you later!
Loaded with potassium, magnesium and folate, romaine and lettuce greens work with your body to lower blood pressure and reduce water retention. Top your salad off with some raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and diced chicken for the ultimate debloat and hunger-fighting lunch.
When you limit your water intake, your body senses a threat of dehydration and begins to retain water. Compounds in lemons have been shown to enhance kidney function and promote liver health. Swap your second or third morning cup of coffee with a water with lemon slices to help detox your body of excess salt.
Both sweet and white potatoes are your potassium powerhouses. Potassium counteracts sodium to reduce blood pressure and maintain regular fluid levels in the body. Shoot for 4,700mg/day of Potassium. Pack away 35% of this recommendation with a large Steak & Potatoes.
Instead of forcing yourself to endure the intensity of FOMO with a night in, prepare your body before going out so it is fully equipped to handle those questionable decisions. And even if you are one of those lucky few who don’t feel the effects of a night out, these impacts can range further than a little mid section bloating. Nutrient deficiencies can take months until any signs begin to show, but by that point it’s far too late.
Do your body a favor today, help it to function optimally by feeding it real food: real vitamins and real nutrition. After a few days of proper hydration and a nutrient dense diet you likely will notice a huge difference in your skin, mood and sleep. Best of luck to you all and have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!