GUT HEALTH IN CHECK
Let’s face it, it’s summer and we all want to look “bikini ready”. Am I right? Let’s associate “bikini ready” not particularly as swimsuit prepared but more so being comfortable in the skin you’re in, whether you have a muffin top or tone abs. Summer means wearing bare-all tops but whether you have a 6 pack or a soft belly showing your tummy can be a bummer if you feel bloated.
Feeling bloated slows you down, makes you tired, look like you gained 5 pounds after one meal and adds a dark cloud over wearing your favorite outfit. So, I wanna share with you the five things I started doing to repair my gut.
I’m a HUGE foodie, I don’t work out, nor do I have a flat stomach but these 5 tips help control my gut health.
Being a southern girl from Texas, it’s inevitable to avoid fried catfish, buttermilk fried chicken, spicy jambalaya, brisket Texas-sized nachos, country fried steak with gravy and any other high caloric dish.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my Texan-southern meals but if you’re trying to eat healthy, lose weight or stay fit, this style of cuisine will take a toll on you, especially eaten ALL the time.
If you enjoy indulgent meals every now and then, how do you avoid that bloated feeling but still revel in those comfort meals?
Let me start by saying, I’m not a nutritionist just giving you tips based on my experience. Please consult your doctor if you are having serious discomfort or need more information about what proper action to take for a healthy gut.
Drinking water is the quickest and easiest way to detoxify your body. Increasing my water has helped tons, aiding in flushing out the toxins and limited snacking throughout the day. My mother told me to drink ice water because it speeds up your metabolism and helps burn fat. Listen to your mom:) Another benefit from water is eliminating the excess salt and sugar, which makes you bloated and stores in your body as fat.
The antioxidants in green tea produce fat loss and lower blood sugar. I drink a cup everyday for one week per month or I’ll have a cup two hours before I eat certain meals. I use this method in moderation because too much green tea for me leads to constipation.
I try to eat yogurt daily but on some days I take probiotics. When I was on antibiotics from my dermatologist, the pills through my whole system off by snatching not only the bad bacteria but the good stuff too. Probiotics balances my gut, making it more healthy by adding back the good bacteria.
Repairing your gut not only makes your stomach regular but helps eliminate bacteria, which can possibly cause acne.
Since I don’t work out, it’s important for me to get my body moving by going on walks or vacuuming the house. At grocery stores, I park in the farthest space of the lot or walk the mall for a couple of hours. Exercise keeps EVERYTHING flowing.
Fruits and Veggies
I still eat my southern-style dishes but just less and with more veggies. Fruits are great for breakfast, adding necessary energy for the day and cool for a snack or sweet treat. Eating a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables gives your body the right nutrients and vitamins to aid in proper digestion.
Although these tips are pretty simple, sometimes they get lost in the social atmosphere or even daily routines. You get so busy you just don’t have time to drink a gallon of water or you’re at a party, which only serves Doritos, chicken wings, jalapeno queso-chorizo dip and no veggies. Hey, life happens but we are suppose to enjoy it so I hope these quick tips bring some peace to your minds along your journey of health and wellness.
What tips do you do to control that icky bloated feeling?