wedding series: beat the bloat
The first installment of our wedding series is tackling one of the issues every bride thinks about: bloating. Brides and bridesmaids alike worry about fitting into their dress as well as looking radiant in photos. As the season of bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings is here, I thought I’d give some de-bloating tips for everyone to use throughout the whole season.
- Hydrate. It’s important to be downing a lot of water each day for many reasons, but keeping a constant flow of H2O helps to flush your system of toxins and any sodium that the body is retaining. Get extra credit for drinking lemon water! Check out my previous article explaining why it’s so precious for your health.
- Avoid sodium-rich foods. Sodium causes your body to bloat, so nix the salty foods. Be especially careful in restaurants, as they sneakily add salt to meals in order to maximize the flavor. Instead, try to cook from home and use inventive spices to flavor your food. I always enjoy garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne.
- Chomp on your veggies. It is vital to be ingesting as many vegetables as possible in order to keep your system running at full speed. The fiber in dark, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and arugula keeps your body “regular” if you know what I mean. Wedding stress and jitters does a number on your digestive system, and constipation is quite common. Constipation is probably the worst contributor to a bloated feeling, so it’s especially important to make sure your waste is moving along in a timely manner.
- Powerful potassium. Aside from water, potassium does a great job at flushing out excess sodium in the body. Try to incorporate bananas into your daily diet to give an extra kick to your system.
- No bubbles. I’m talking about the bubbles in chewing gum and the bubbles in anything carbonated. Chewing gum forces you to swallow air, thus making your stomach bloated and a little gassy. The same goes for sodas, champagne, and beer–avoid it all and your tummy will feel flatter. Yes, it may be a sacrifice, but none of these items are necessities.
- While we’re at it, no booze either. You all know it but won’t admit it–alcohol is a villain when it comes to bloating. It has dehydrating capabilities, so you wake up dry and puffy in the morning while your body is holding on to the sodium in your system. Being under the influence also impairs your rational decision-making, so fried mozzarella sticks suddenly seem okay to eat in mass quantities. If this is hard for you to stick to, just ask yourself: Would I rather look like a gorgeous bride on my wedding day or like Britney Spears circa the year she shaved her head? Hopefully the answer will be clear as day.
- Sweat it out. We all know that everyone should have a regular fitness regimen, but if you have an important event to de-bloat for, it helps to throw in some extra cardio sessions to sweat out the toxins. With the endorphins that exercise brings, you’ll also be less Bridezilla and more belle of the ball!
As usual, please reach out to me with any health and fitness questions relating to wedding season. Send all emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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