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Nov 29

Your Quick Guide to a Post-Thanksgiving Detox

Stuffed yourself fuller than your turkey this Thanksgiving? Conquer that post-feast bloating with these simple detox tips! Cleanse your body from this weekend’s over-indulgence and don’t let your Thanksgiving weekend turn into a Thanksgiving week.

Contrary to popular belief, you should drink more water when you’re bloated. Bloating is your body’s natural response to dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, it responds by retaining fluids, which leads to swelling of the face, stomach, and feet. Here are some tasty alternatives to drinking plain water:

  • Lemon water helps digestion, flushes toxin from your system, and improves your skin
  • Cucumber water helps remove excess salt and is a natural diuretic
  • Watermelon juice helps counter inflammation and is full of vitamins and minerals
  • Chicken bone broth helps your digestive system to flush out waste and promotes metabolism

Supplement your liquid detox with whole fruits and vegetables. Consuming these fiber-rich foods will keep you from over-eating and give you a boost of natural energy:

  • Apples, pears, bananas, and pomegranate seeds are high in fiber to keep you fuller for a longer period of time, so you don’t go looking for that pumpkin pie
  • Collard greens, green peas, butternut squash, and broccoli all have a high fiber content so don’t be afraid to reach for these fiber-rich leftovers

Your Post-Thanksgiving detox guide is almost complete! Now that you know what you should eat, here’s a short list of what you really shouldn’t eat:

  • Chemically processed foods are low in nutrients, high in trans fats and oils, and will ultimately only make your unhealthy cravings worse
  • Coffee can lead to indigestion, dehydration and hinders the detoxifying function of the liver
  • Alcohol places a heavy burden on your body’s detox powerhouse (read: liver) and interferes with your cleanse.