Foods to debloat. Foods to debloat. With summer quickly approaching, many of you are looking for ways to get your bikini body ready.
One of our worst enemies as women is the dreaded belly bloat. Bloating is caused by water build up between the cells in your body and is usually a result of what you’re eating. Poor digestion and excess sodium can cause inflammation and make that belly puff up, leaving you feeling completely blah. Luckily, there are some simple ways to de-puff and feel amazing so you can rock those bikinis and crop tops this year. These are my top 5 foods to debloat and help get you ready!
1. Wake Up With Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar helps your body reach a natural alkaline pH level. It’s full of vitamins and minerals that cleanse your liver and intestines. One of the best parts about it is that it aids in digestion, de-bloating and weight loss. Boom! I’ve got to be honest and tell you it can be a little tough to swallow, but the honey will help and it’s completely worth it.
My Morning Kick
2 Tbsp. ACV
1 Cup Filtered Water
Try adding these too!
½ Tsp. Raw Honey
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper
2. Eat “Fatty” Foods
Don’t let the “fatty” fool you. It’s all about eating the right fats that your body will use instead of store. Foods like Salmon, avocados, walnuts and flaxseeds are SUPER high in Omega 3 fatty acids. So, eat up ladies! When consumed regularly, these Omega 3’s will help reduce inflammation and can aid in overall weight loss.
3. Drink More Water
While chugging a gallon each day might be seem a bit aggressive, upping your water intake will make a major impact on your body. Many people think that since the bloat they have is water being stored, they should drink less of it. This is SO far from the truth. Water flushes out the toxins in the body that are causing you to retain it. When you hydrate the body, it no longer has the need to hold onto excess water, allowing you to lose the pooch. Make sure to drink at least 2-3 liters of good old h20 every day and watch your belly bloat disappear.
4. Ditch The Dairy
Although you may not be lactose intolerant, the enzyme lactase in dairy is hard for our bodies to digest. Basically, your body gets really angry at you on the inside and puffs up to stick it to you on the outside. The digestion process causes inflammation, gas and bloating. Not fun! The exception to this is yogurt with live/active cultures. The good bacteria from the probiotics in yogurt can actually help to decrease inflammation. If you want to ditch it all together though, just add a good probiotic capsule each day and you are good to go!
5. Get Your Fruit On
Many people avoid fruit when they are trying to limit their sugar intake, but there are certain fruits you should consider keeping around to help your belly relax. Papaya is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to de-bloating. Along with all of its awesome vitamins and minerals, papaya contains an enzyme called Papain, which aids in digestion and reduces inflammation (and helps keep things moving so your belly can stay flat).
While there are many other natural ways to help you slim down for summer, these five simple tips are on the top of my list. They can easily be added into your daily routine, which means you will be more likely to stick with it and see results!
Aaah thank you, Katie! This helps so much! I’ve been struggling with a little bloating myself these past couple days so I needed this. You’re the best!
That little pooch at the bottom of my belly is always my trouble area.no matter how flat my tummy is it always seems to be there but I’ll definitely try these tips 🙂
Perfect timing!!! I really needed this right now!! Thank you so much!!! =)
I absolutely love your site! Thank you for putting it up and being so interactive with it! I do have a quick question though:
After reading your other blog about fasting and when to eat I have started eating at 9am (or thereabouts) because dinner in my household is usually served around 7pm, but I usually get up around 6 am and have plain tea. In this case, when should I be consuming the Morning Kick? When I wake up, or just before Breakfast?
Hey you’re so welcome 🙂 and great question! You can have the morning kick really anytime in the morning, since it is liquid there is no interference with your eating schedule. I usually have mine shortly after I wake up.
Hi Katie, I’m ready… I’ve been living in Spain for the last 13 years and now I’m ready to go back to my routine… After having 2 kids, that are now 9 and 10 years old, I need to get a routine!!! Food is dificult for me as I can eat gluten and it make me pick on stuff that I shouldn’t… So here is the deal for now and on: I did my first grocery shopping thinking bout me, no cookies, no chips, no snack, If I don’t have it at home, I won’t bring it to work… so… Read more »
Yes! I love the positive attitude Caroline! You are thinking of it the exact right way. I can’t wait to see you make the changes and reach your goals :)!
Thank you Katie. I love following you on Instagram and look forward to your posts!
Katie, I am so confused about how much protein, carbs and fats I should be consuming and especially about how much fruit I should consume. I am afraid of consuming too much fruit sugar. What does a balance of these things look like?
Hey! Too much of anything can be bad. If you feel like you are eating too much fruit, then definitely cut back some. Protein is very important to fuel your body. I would definitely suggest checking out the LSF Nutrition Guide, it breaks all of this down. I’m also going to be releasing a 4 week meal plan very soon!