Beat the Bloat in Time for the Bikini
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Warmer weather is coming which means time for gardens, golfing, farmers’ markets and... breaking out the bikini. Even after months of eating well and exercising regularly, crunching abs at the gym or running 5 miles a day, most of us still have a little “pooch” around our bellies. It’s a little disconcerting to see in the change room, but the good news is that it’s usually not fat causing your woes. In fact, the culprit is far easier and quicker to eliminate – intestinal bloating.
Bloating symptoms can be from many different antagonists, but the two main reasons are water retention and constipation. Far cheaper and tastier than cleaning your pharmacy out of diuretics and laxatives, natural and wholesome foods do a fine job of the “de-pouf” without depleting your energy and nutrients. The extra plus is that incorporating them into your lifestyle is simple, and since the benefits start rolling in before long it’s an easy regime to stay with.
While you know the stalks will perfume your urine, asparagus is also one of the most potent agents in the battle of the bloat. The vegetable is a prebiotic for the growth and activity of good bacteria in gut – which not only keeps the bowels moving and enhances the immune system, but also cuts down on the accumulation of gas – another common bloater. This powerful food is also a natural diuretic that flushes out the extra water and sodium out of your body. For the best results from this veggie, lightly steam or roast them until just tender – don’t overcook them and never boil, as the vitamins, minerals and any other beneficial nutrients quickly leach away.