Are you feeling a little puffy these days?
By Monica Koch
That little bloat you’re noticing in your waistline, face, neck, fingers and ankles means that your body is retaining water. Luckily, it’s easy to get rid of—all it takes is a few easy lifestyle swaps. In just a day or two, you’ll start looking and feeling your best!
The first is to drink more water. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. That’s because the most common cause of bloating is in imbalance in the salt, sugar and other electrolytes within your body. Adding more water will actually flush out the chemicals that are causing you to retain fluid. As your body adjusts, it will release the excess water. If you don’t like plain water, add lemon, grapefruit or cucumber slices. Plain coconut or aloe water is another great choice.
Another tip to take a break from dairy. As we age, unfortunately, so do our digestive systems. Nobody likes to talk about it, not even our doctors. But, I’m here to tell you that adults—particularly women—become less able to digest dairy as they age. If you find that you experience uncomfortable bloating in your abdomen after eating dairy, consider removing yogurt, cheese and milk from your diet and replacing them with a non-dairy alternative like almond, coconut or cashew milk, yogurt and cheese. If your symptoms ease, it may mean that you have difficulty digesting dairy. But that might not mean you have to give up your favorite cheese or ice cream. Some people are fine with certain dairy based-products, but have trouble with others. To determine your precise sensitivity, add milk-based foods back one at a time and pay attention to how you react.
Starches, especially the processed ones like sugary cereals; white pasta, bread and crackers; candy and cookies all encourage your body to hold on to water. Replacing these foods with fiber-dense options like zucchini pasta, roasted root veggies, slow cooked oatmeal, brown rice or quinoa can help maintain balance. Go for apples, berries or your favorite fruit to curb the sweet tooth.
Don’t forget to exercise! Throwing an extra sweaty workout class into your routine will have your skinny jeans fitting great in no time at all!
Monica Koch (owner of klean&lean) has been in the fitness industry for 30 years and has developed her own innovative technique that takes you out of your comfort zone. She is a certified personal trainer, instructor for group fitness classes, a food and fitness motivator and the Health & Fitness Editor for Yoga & Spa Magazine.
To learn more about Klean & Lean and Monica Koch visit www.kleanandlean.com