There’s nothing worse than finishing a meal only to realize the evidence is showing in a slightly bulging stomach. Such occurrences reminds me of two things: 1) Harry Potter’s Aunt Marge, you know when Harry loses his temper and makes her to swell like a balloon. The madder he gets, the more Aunt Marge’s fingers expand like sausages, until her buttons pop off and her coat rips at the seams, and she floats out of her chair into the sky like a balloon. And then 2) Stacy Keibler vacationing in Italy on a yacht back when she was still dating George Clooney. She was photographed by a paparazzi with a bloated stomach and all the tabloids especially TMZ where debating whether she is pregnant or just haven’t poop yet. That’s kinda embarrassing and totally rude, right?
To me, what happened to Aunt Marge is how bloating feels like, while what happened to Stacy Keibler is what some of my mates thinks when I’m bloated. But bloating comes from your period, sometimes it’s because you downed several more pints of beer than you usually do with double cheeseburger deluxe every night because it’s UEFA Championship League Quarter Finals (Vamos Real Madrid!), and sometimes you just have no idea how it happened. In any case, bloating makes you feel off, and that’s why I am sharing you a juice recipe and tips to prevent bloating.
1. Don’t drink cold beverages during meals
According to Yahoo Health, “Stop drinking anything cold with your meals,” says ALOHA Expert and Certified Wellness Coach Nadya Andreeva who specializes in digestion. “If you have cold on top of it, it takes a lot more effort for your body to digest. The blood vessels constrict in your stomach muscles and makes the whole digestion process a lot slower.” Instead of an iced tea or cold soda, Nadya suggests drinking a hot herbal tea or room temperature water with a slice of lime.
2. Stay Away From Dry Foods
Nadya advises everyone to keep away from dry foods, like chips (“Even kale chips”) and nuts that aren’t soaked in water first. “Your colon will dehydrate, which leads to bloating.” Other foods to avoid include any type of cheese, soy, corn meal and deep water fish like shellfish and shrimp (oh no!)
3. Drink Bloat-Fighting Juice
Recipe via Beautylish.com // Photo: Simon Sperling, Image Source
You will need:
- 1 whole honeydew melon (about the size of your head; cut in half, remove the seeds, and scrape out the flesh with an ice cream scoop)
- 1 whole cucumber
- about 2 cups seedless green grapes
- a big handful of parsley
- 1 lime, peeled
Note: If you don’t have a juicer, this will work in the blender. The juice will come out a lot thicker, but the raw nutrients will still be there.
Wash everything, then toss in your juicer or blender, and hit the “on” button. If you’re blending, add a cup of water to help liquefy your fruits and veggies. You’ll get a creamy-looking light green concoction that tastes sweet, and not at all vegetable-y! This refreshing juice is better when cold, so try serving it over ice.
Why you should drink this?
It’s a raw juice made with 100% super-diuretic fruits and veggies, meaning that every ingredient will make you need to pee (like now) while still adding essential liquids and vitamins to your body. The honeydew melon is an excellent natural diuretic, due to its high water content. It also manages to make this juice taste naughtily sweet. Cucumber slices will be the puffiness-fighting properties to use inside our bodies, just like what they do when we put them on our eyes. Grapes are healthy bon-bons full of water and potassium salts that stimulate the kidneys into producing more waste. In other words, grapes are also … wait for it … natural diuretics! And then Parsley has been scientifically proven to make you have to go number one more often (and it also makes you flush out more liquids, every time). Fresh-tasting and packed with antioxidants, this herb helps the kidneys process more waste and fight swelling. While a lime gives this juice a tasty kick, we’re using it here because limes are strong diuretic fruits, able to help the body detoxify by breaking up mucus and cleaning from the inside out.
This recipe will make roughly 30 ounces of fresh juice, which you’ll need to keep in the fridge in an airtight container (stir before drinking). Mason jars are a perfect storage vessel—try 16 ounce ones, the ideal serving size. Drink it all up within two days of making it. But if you really want to go to town, just drink it all in one day. Hope you have cute bathroom decor, because you’re going to be appreciating it alot the day you make this.