Wondering if juicing for bloating works as you desperately try to de-puff yourself back to your summertime body? Join the club.
This week, Americans across the nation will generously indulge in our proud annual ritual of consuming copious amounts of food and drink. And hey, who can blame us? Thanksgiving dinners are delicious.
What’s not so delicious is the aftermath.
I’m not just talking about food coma. You know that uncomfortable, organs-have-shifted feeling you get in your body after you’ve eaten too much? Yea, that’s ’cause your stomach can stretch to a volume of about one liter.
And when you take advantage of that cool capacity, you have literally filled your stomach to the point where it’s pushing against surrounding organs!
It’s not all food in there, either – if you’ve been washing the chow down with soda or beer, your intestines are accommodating quite a lot of gas as well. And I won’t even mention the unpleasant heartburn that often results from overeating…
Does Juicing for Bloating Work?
Let’s not get side-tracked, the point isn’t to gross you out before you tuck into that pumpkin pie (which is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner, if you ask me).
The point is to help you have your
cake pie and eat it too. How? With belly-saving juice recipes that’ll boost your digestion, increase your satiety, and cut down on the gas you produce after the meal (yes, your relatives can thank me later).
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So stock up on this little arsenal of juice recipes to sip on before the big meal and emerge from Thanksgiving *relatively* unscathed!
3 Potent Anti Bloat Juice Recipes
These juice recipes for bloating aren’t just great for the Thanksgiving aftermath, they’ll help your body return to its normal state after any big meal or night out. We’ll drink to that!
Digest Zest Juice
Simple, clean, and oh, so good for your getting your digestive juices flowing. You can whip this up in a few minutes, store it in your canning jars and sip away all day to prepare your tummy for the abundance to come. This is a must have when you’re juicing for bloating.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of chopped pineapple, include the cores
- 1/2 lime or lemon, peeled
- 2 apples, peeled if not organic
- 1/2 inch ginger root
- optional: add in a splash (seriously, just a tablespoon) of apple cider vinegar for extra belly power
Why it’s awesome: This juice recipe’s got an all-star line-up of belly-beneficial ingredients. Ginger’s an amazing one – apart from being medically proven to help get rid of excess intestinal gas, ginger’s also bursting with compounds that soothe and relax the small and large intestines.
What does that mean for your tummy? It gets better at absorbing nutrients from the foods you eat and it cuts down on the chance of constipation. Win. Win. Win.
But ginger’s not the only star player here – apples are packing pectin, which boosts digestive detox due to its ability to bind to cholesterol or toxins in the body and escort them out of your system.
As for pineapple? This one’s a digestive heavy hitter – pineapple is an awesome source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down food. Just remember to juice those cores – they’ve got twice as much bromelain as the fruit part!
Anti Bloat Juice
Juicing for bloating never tasted so good. So delish, so chock full of digestive good stuff. Drink up, your belly will thank you.
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 to 1-inch piece of ginger
- 1/4 to 1/2 of a large fennel bulb (about 4 oz), I also included some stalk and leaves
- 3 carrots
- 1 apple
- 2 celery stalks, with leaves
Why it’s awesome: Created by a fellow gut-health-seeker – the gorgeous Beth at Tasty Yummies – this juice recipe combines some of the best digestion-boosting ingredients in a way that’s extremely yummy.
It’s got pectin-packed apples, detox-aiding celery, and gas-busting ginger. As for carrots, did you know that these Vitamin-A-packed yummers were even used by the ancient Greeks to treat stomach disorders?
And fennel – this licorice-y herb is another top-notch digestion a-player, stimulating your system to flush out excess fluids and toxins while preventing the build-up of intestinal gas.
The Digestion Helper Juice
Oooh, this one is so good for both boosting digestion and helping weight loss. A must-drink on Thanksgiving Day (and afterwards…)
What you’ll need:
- 1/4 pineapple
- 1 yellow grapefruit
- 1 ruby grapefruit
- 1 lemon
- 1 carrot
Why it’s awesome: So we all know grapefruit is amazing. It’s full of anti-aging , cancer-preventative flavonoids, it helps detox your body of oxalates, but the coolest part? It’s got enzymes that have fat-burning properties. Yay!
Okay, wait – that’s actually not the best part. Grapefruit juice goes above and beyond digestive health – it’s actually been found to have very high levels of beneficial compounds that have the ability to hasten cancer cell apoptosis as well as prevent them from multiplying. All while keeping your belly happy 🙂
Happy thanksgiving, everyone!