Everyone is guilty of overdoing it during the holiday season. Trust me, we have all been there—it’s the dreaded discomfort that accompanies the common, but unpleasant belly bloat. The day after I indulge from a party or family gathering, I always have my fridge stocked with these simple ingredients! That way, I can quickly rehydrate and de-bloat!
Blend the ingredients below with a high-powered blender or Vitamix to your desired consistency, and drink on an empty stomach. Combined with a day of hydration with electrolyte-enhanced H20, no refined-sugar or alcohol, limiting carbs and extra sodium—it’s a killer combination for de-bloating fast!
Dr. Taz MD’s Holiday De-Bloat Smoothie Recipe:
- 2 ½ cups of cold water
- 3 small celery stalks
- 1 green apple, cut-up
- 1 lemon cut in half and freshly squeezed
- ½ cucumber
Celery: Celery is a great remedy for stomach bloat because it is full of minerals that aid in digestion. Its high percentage of water and electrolytes help prevent dehydration while acting as a diuretic and reducing water retention. It is packed with flavonoids, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C—all great minerals for recuperating during a bloat flare-up.
Green apples: From the help of its skin, green apples contain insoluble fiber, which is most effective in progressing digestion. They are also a good source of potassium, which is an excellent de-puffing agent.
Lemon: Lemon is a natural detoxifier and acts as a cleansing agent. This helps to eliminate unwanted bloat and toxins from the body. I recommend sipping on hot lemon water in the morning to get your digestive system revved and going for the day.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are an excellent source of quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps to reduce swelling. It’s no mystery why we use them to de-puff under our eyes! They are also high in silica, caffeic acid, and vitamin C, which aid in the prevention of water retention.