Get rid of the post-holiday bloat

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Our digestive system holds the key to optimal health. Excessive sugar, alcohol and fat from holiday celebrations take a huge toll on our gut, so it’s no surprise that we feel bloated, sluggish and fatigued come January. If you’d like to get your digestion back on track, donate the leftover mince pies to your neighbour and make the following changes.

To feel better faster – drink more water. Water supports metabolism, liver and kidney function and can curb your appetite. Drinking water flushes out excess sodium to help you de-bloat, and it can get things moving if constipation is an issue. If plain water is a struggle, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice, or drink herbal teas such as chamomile, peppermint, and dandelion root.

Cut back on gut-irritants such as alcohol and caffeine. To maximise results, try eliminating them completely for 1 month. If that sounds like an impossible dream, at least reduce how much you are consuming and have days that are caffeine and alcoholfree.

It may be tempting to drastically cut back on how much you’re eating, but starving yourself always backfires. To feel full, satisfied and primed with energy, it’s more important to avoid sugary and highly processed foods that are nutrient poor and put a strain on our digestion. Eating evenly spaced meals that contain fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, good fats and some protein will help to regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels, boost your metabolism and reduce cravings.

We all overdo it sometimes, but our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal. With some basic TLC, you’ll be amazed at how good your body can feel.

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