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8 Natural Foods to Quickly Burn Your Holiday Bloat

8 Natural Foods to Quickly Burn Your Holiday Bloat

So, you gave in to holiday temptation. You dabbled with chocolates instead of dumbbells and croissants instead of cardio. Your meticulous fitness regimen crumbled under the pressure of multiple Christmas parties and family dinners. Perhaps you rationalized this by thinking that our bodies need more sweets and salty dishes to manage the harsher outdoor climate, and so you took that extra bite…or five. Either way, you and your body are rolling into the new year with a little “extra” in places, and you need it gone fast.

There are plenty of options for getting rid of stomach bloat, from rigorous gym routines to more drastic fat reduction treatment solutions, but at the end of the day, your diet is the biggest factor that contributes to belly bloat. So, try out these eight natural remedies for curing winter bloat in a hurry:

1. Water

Water is amazing for digestion. It helps solids move smoothly through your system for fast elimination of food that is known to cause bloating (think food heavy in salt, sugar and fat). It also helps flush out sodium, a common culprit in bloating. Adding fresh lemons to your water further increases healthy digestion by getting rid of lingering toxins.

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2. Ginger

Ginger is a particularly effective type of carminative, an herb that can alleviate symptoms of digestive tract distress such as bloating, gas and cramps. Ginger helps release gas, improves circulation and even fights abdominal pain, thanks to gingerol (the main active component of fresh ginger). For easy consumption, add half a teaspoon of freshly-grated ginger to a cup of hot water for a soothing tea.

3. Potassium

    Foods rich in potassium are a fantastic remedy for bloating. Without potassium, your body holds on to extra sodium and water. Potassium helps flush out this excess salt and regulate sodium levels, so stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables like bananas, avocados, leafy greens and citrus fruits like oranges.

    4. Fiber

    A lot of bloating stems from constipation, and one of the best ways to have regular bowel movements is to eat fiber-rich food. Try whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, beans and other legumes for your fiber intake. Women under 50 years old should get 25 grams of fiber daily while men under 50 should have 38 grams per day.

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    Be careful not to overdo it at the start -your body needs to build up a fiber tolerance gradually. Too much fiber all at once can actually cause buildup, so make sure you drink lots of water alongside your food.

    5. Digestive enzymes

    Digestive enzymes aid in healthy digestion by breaking down fat, protein and carbohydrates, and they reduce bloating and other gastrointestinal issues. There are three different types of digestive enzymes- amylase enzymes break down carbs, lipase enzymes help digest fats and protease enzymes aid in the digestion of protein. Papaya, pineapple and grapefruit are great examples of fruits high in digestive enzymes, so pick up one of each the next time you’re at the supermarket. However, if these fruits aren’t in season, try digestive enzyme supplements as an alternative.

    6. Magnesium
    magnesium rich foods

      Studies have shown magnesium can eliminate belly bloat by neutralizing stomach acid that can cause indigestion. Magnesium also helps to relax the intestinal walls, enabling the release of gas and lowering water retention in the body. Bananas, fish and quinoa are all excellent sources of magnesium, and so are dark, leafy green vegetables and whole grains.

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      7. Omega-3 Fats

      If you’re a fan of seafood, you’re in luck. Regular consumption of salmon and other fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients which reduce bloating and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Omega-3 fatty acids not only calm and reduce gastrointestinal distress but heal as well, lowering sensitivities to foods that cause inflammation over time.

      8. Bifidobacteria

      Consuming bifidobacteria, found in probiotics, has been proven to relieve gastrointestinal tract stress, specifically bloating, cramping and flatulence. When looking for sources of bifidobacteria, keep your eyes peeled for yogurt with this specific strain of probiotic on its label. While probiotics are fantastic for general healthy immune function, bifidobacteria is the only strain of probiotic proven to help with symptoms of intestinal distress.

      Implementing the 8 Remedies

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      ginger tea

        Adopting 8 new tips into your routine may seem overwhelming, but the truth is that they all fit seamlessly into a well-organized meal plan. Unsurprisingly, the most important meal to pack with nutrients is your breakfast. If you only leave yourself 20 minutes to make and eat your meal in the morning, you’ll end up consuming cereal or a muffin, which are heavy on carbs and low on bloat-busting nutrients. So, plan ahead and prepare your potassium-rich fruits and vegetables the night before. If you find yourself in a rush, blend up some oats, banana, pineapple, probiotic yogurt, and peanut butter, and take a smoothie to go. Experiment with different combinations of fruit and vegetables until you find a recipe you love. You’ll find yourself with an influx of energy to carry you through your day or workout, and you’ll be well on your way to getting your pre-December body back.

        Consuming the appropriate amount of Omega-3 fats can be trickier. Typically, people have an unhealthy balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. Omega-6 is present in common ingredients such as corn, soy, and canola, so naturally, humans have an overabundance of Omega-6 in their body. Try incorporating seafood into at least two meals a week. If you’re one of those people who can’t stand the thought of eating seafood, consider an Omega-3 supplement to keep your ratio in check.

        Lastly, you can kill two birds with one stone by enjoying ginger tea first thing in the morning. After a long, restful night of sleeping, your body is dehydrated. A cup of tea is a great first step in getting your hydration back on track. Ginger tea is naturally caffeine free, so it may not be a perfect substitute for your morning coffee, but it’s packed with vitamin C and magnesium and is an excellent way to start your day.

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        35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

        35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

        Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

        But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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        The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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        While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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        While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

        If You’re Staying In

        1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
        2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
        3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
        4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
          • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
          • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
          • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
          • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
            • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
            • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
            • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
              • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

              If You Want to Get Away

              1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
              2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
              3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                  • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                  • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                  New & Exciting Experiences

                  1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                  2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                    experience.
                    • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                    • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                    • Experience white water rafting.
                    • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                    • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                      • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                      • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                        • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                        • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                        • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                        Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

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