1. Warm Lemon Water: Your first powerful addition for the fight against the bloat, is starting your morning with warm water and lemon. Now, I know that this probably sounds familiar to you since Instagram is flooded with people portraying their mugs full of lemon slices, but the thing is, just because you know about it, doesn’t mean you’re actually DOING it. Are you????
You will be now.
Upon waking, make yourself a glass of warm (not hot!) water and squeeze half a lemon into it. Give it a mix, and drink it through a straw. (The straw will protect your teeth from the acidity of the lemon and prevent enamel wear down). The combination of lemon and warm water will trigger an intestinal response that optimizes elimination of waste, toxins, and improves circulation, which all protects against belly bloat. Add a second serving of this drink in the afternoon.
2. Cayenne Pepper. If you're feeling brave (or just really, REALLY want to speed up the de-bloating process), sprinkle cayenne pepper in your morning lemon drink AND sprinkle it in all the other water (or food) that you drink throughout the day. Cayenne pepper is regarded as one of the most important cardiovascular foods/ herbs ever discovered. By being a potent cardiovascular stimulant, enhancing digestion, and removing toxins from the body, cayenne pepper not only helps with reducing belly bloat but it’s a metabolic miracle. This food allows your body to increase its metabolic firepower and burn fat more efficiently
3. Go Gluten Free. I get that gluten is delicious, but what’s not delicious is having digestive issues and bloating that makes you look like you’re in your second trimester. In a time where there are a gazillion and one delicious gluten-free alternatives, going gluten-free for the health of your belly is not HARD!
Gluten is a protein found in processed wheat and grains. Gluten is what gives dough that elasticity. It gives the final product that chewy texture. Gluten is hard to digest regardless of whether or not you are sensitive to it, or have celiac disease. Gluten can impose a burden on your digestive system, because of it’s difficult-to-digest protein complex. This results in an irritated and exhausted system, bloat, and increased inflammation inside the body. It generally requires a lot of work on your body’s behalf to break gluten down.
Therefore, by reducing this taxing protein from your diet, that energy is freed up to work on healing other issues. The liver, digestive system, and immune system are given a break and some time to recover. If you have any sort of sickness, or pain, or lack energy, have brain fog, food allergies, chronic bloating, acne, or anything in general, eliminate your consumption of gluten products for two-four weeks and see how much better you feel!
If you want to dive deeper into the things that you can do to permanently eliminate the bloat, boost your metabolism, and heal digestive issues, you can check out my in-depth program called, “The Happy Hormone Guide: Super Charge Your Energy, Focus, Sleep, Sex Drive & Weight Loss.”