Mindful Munch: Bye-Bye Bloated Belly
by Carina Sohaili of Vibrant Healthy Life
Summer is officially here! Greens and fiber-rich foods are amazing, but we all know that at times they leave you bloated and uncomfortable. Try these simple tools to banish that balloon belly so you can continue nourishing your body.
Lemon juice: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over your greens or sip on some lemon juice with warm water. Lemon juice aids in digestion and decreases heartburn and bloating. The vitamin C in lemon juice will keep your skin clear, as well as strengthen your immune system. Another added bonus — it revs up your metabolism. If lemon juice is too sour for you to handle, try mixing it with warm water and stevia (an all-natural sweetener). Another option is to make a delicious salad dressing with lemon juice and a dash of olive oil.
Ginger: Add ginger to your stir-fry or salad, or sip on some ginger tea. Ginger has a specific enzyme that has been proven to help break down foods faster, decreasing your bloated belly.
Probiotic: Try taking a daily probiotic. You can get a basic probiotic at any market or drugstore. Probiotics contain millions of strands of healthy bacteria, which are great for digestion. They also help your body absorb the vitamins and minerals from food at a faster rate.
Be mindful of your eating: Do not guzzle down a green drink or eat a salad in five minutes. Slow it down. Take breaks between bites and sip slowly. Enjoy yourself and appreciate what you are putting in your body.
Avoid foods high in sodium, soda or processed junk foods: Think vending-machine foods and anything with ingredients that sound like a chemical. These foods will intensify that bloated balloon belly and make the situation worse. Go for all natural and non-processed whenever you can.