If you are tired of living with constipation, digestive issues, bloating, and gassiness, this is the detox for you. These tried-and-true tips below will help you look and feel your best. With easy-to-make recipes and simple tweaks to your daily routine, you can be on your way to living life without feeling sluggish, irritable, and uncomfortable. Keep reading for the entire plan.
Have Detox Water
To begin your tummy tox plan, fill a 48-ounce pitcher with water and add ginger, mint leaves, cucumber, and lemon. While on the surface this may seem like any other flavoured beverage, but these ingredients are key in restoring your health and wellness. Lemon helps clean out the digestive system, thanks to the enzyme-stimulating acids. Cucumbers prevent water retention and have anti-inflammatory properties. Mint promotes easy digestion and soothes stomach cramps. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and provides soothing relief for the digestive tract, which can relieve gassiness and bloating. Try to finish the pitcher by end of day, and feel free to drink it on its own or with your meals.
Nutritionists recommend starting your day with one serving of your favourite fibre combined with one tablespoon of flaxseeds. Eating enough fibre is crucial when fighting the war against constipation and flaxseeds are easy to tuck into anything from oatmeal to yogurt to smoothies and more. The key is to start your day with any of these fibre-rich foods to encourage regular bowel movements.
Heal Inflammation with Power Greens
For lunch, add one cup of power greens (cucumbers, asparagus, spinach, green beans) to your salad to enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is often linked to constipation, so a serving of greens a day is crucial in battling this discomfort. Cucumbers contain the antioxidant quercetin which can help reduce belly swelling; asparagus has prebiotics that can restore good bacteria to your gut and prevent gas; spinach is packed with fibre and magnesium, which can help the colon contract; and green beans are also full of fibre. If you hate eating salads every day, toss these greens into a smoothie and drink your way to a better health.
Enjoy Fennel Tea and Lean Protein for Dinner
For the last meal of the day, you want to avoid sugary carbohydrates that can cause insulin spikes and instead stick to lean protein. Choose from chicken, turkey, salmon, or any other protein you enjoy to end the day on a high note and keep bloating at bay. Once you’re done with your meal, sip on a cup of freshly brewed fennel tea. Fennel is known as a digestive tract saviour. The seeds have a compound that promotes digestive wellness, allowing gas to pass and relieving bloating.
Zero Sugar Snacks
A lot of the snacks we tend to reach for are either sugar bombs or have hidden sugars within them which can cause digestive issues, water retention, bloating and constipation. Try snacking zero sugar treats such as flavourful cucumber zingers, spicy popcorn, and even a banana blueberry smoothie to satisfy your cravings and stay on track.