Bloating is caused by water retention due to sodium and potassium imbalance, hormonal activity, indigestion, overeating, kidney function, gut inflammation or other heredity factors.
However, bloating can be much worse in summer compared to other seasons in a year. In summer bloating worsens because the heat can cause the blood vessels and capillaries to expand and dilate allowing more fluid to fill in the interstitial spaces between organs and tissues.
Moreover, chronic inflammation in the digestive tract also worsens in summer because of poor circulation that yields to the collection of toxins and metabolic waste to collect in the body. Therefore the end result is more puffiness and bloating in summer!
Avoid Pro-Inflammatory foods:
Avoid pro-inflammatory foods like dairy, (unsweetened yogurt is an exception) grains, sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, processed meats and packaged foods.
Summer is an excellent time to detox your body from all unnecessary toxins and impurities. You can consume plenty of detox summer drinks made with warming herbs like ginger, pomegranate seeds and cardamom that can reduce gas, bloating and improve inflammation.
Super Foods that prevent bloating:
In order to reduce inflammation in summer, focus on a diet rich in cleansing, detoxifying and alkalizing vegetables and fruit such as: parsley, cilantro, arugula, cucumber, melon, blueberries, avocados, peas squash and sweet potatoes. Try sprouting legumes like mung bean and garbanzo beans. Choose healthy fats like olives, avocados, coconut, and flax and chia seeds.
Drink filtered water:
Salt attracts more water from cells in summer in an effort to maintain the sodium imbalance critical to cellular function thus leading to excess fluid in the body. Therefore, drink lots of filtered water to flush out the excess salt in your body and limit your salt intake to only unprocessed salt like Celtic or Himalayan. Also increase potassium intake, which will help, balance fluid retention and improve circulation
Hence, with the right anti-inflammatory solutions and a special focus on superfoods and herbs, you can beat the summers bloat and enjoy your summer with energy and vitality. Give it a try!
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