A Christmas PRETOX to Help You Beat the Bloat
Digestive Experts, Renew Life share 10 Pretox Tips for the Festive Season
The festive season is almost upon us! For many of us this means a period of overindulgence, food comas and late boozy nights which can leave us feeling a little worse for wear! The good news is that you can still enjoy all the merriment by getting your body into gear before the party season starts with a good Christmas ‘Pretox’ programme. Digestive Experts at Renew Life (www.renewlife.co.uk) shares their top 10 Pretox tips to beat the bloat and feel festively fresh all the way to 2016!
1. Pamper Yourself:
Our skin is the largest organ of elimination, so it’s important to keep it clear and help it expel toxins. A good trick to get your detox system working before the party season is by dry body brushing before you shower or have a bath. Not only can this help to support movement of lymph fluids, but it’s also a great way to get rid of dead skin cells to reveal healthy, supple and glowing skin. Relaxing in a sauna or taking regular steam baths are also relaxing ways to release toxins from the body through sweat.
2. DIY Peppermint Drink:
Make your own bloat-busting drink by adding a few drops of essential peppermint oil into warm water with fresh lime to help relax the digestive tract and reduce IBS symptoms.
3. Add Watercress to your salads:
it helps to ward off free radicals and stimulates cleansing enzymes in the liver which plays a major role in detoxification in the body.
4. Pop a Probiotic:
We all tend to treat ourselves a bit more during the festive period, especially with sugary foods and alcoholic drinks that can have a negative impact on our gut bacteria and exacerbate troublesome tummies. Taking a daily probiotic can help protect the body from the negative effects of alcohol by helping to line the stomach with an army of ‘friendly’ bacteria to support healthy gut function before all the festivities begin. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, taking certain probiotics may actually help you lose weight (and keep it off too!). To avoid digestive discomfort and bloating this Christmas, try Renew Life’s award winning probiotic – Ultimate Flora Critical Care (RRP £36.99 – www.renewlife.co.uk).
5. Munch on Watermelon:
Due to its high water content – watermelon has a natural diuretic property, promoting regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Watermelon also contains potassium which rids the body of excess sodium, helping to relieve water retention and bloating.
6. Chew Food Thoroughly:
When we rush down food we’re more likely to swallow excess air which can cause a build up of stomach gas. Slowing down to enjoy each bite means less air is going into the stomach, helping to avoid indigestion and bloating. According to the experts, indigestion and bloating may be a sign of enzyme deficiency and can be greatly relieved by taking a digestive enzyme with meals. If you have difficulty digesting large meals or suffer from gas and bloating after eating certain foods, try DigestMORE (RRP: £19.99) – an ideal everyday enzyme formula that contains 9 different enzymes with healing herbs and amino acids to help soothe and protect the digestive tract.
7. Work it Out:
Physical activity helps air bubbles pass through your digestive tract quicker, so that bloated feeling will disappear faster than if you lounge on the couch. Moderate exercise can also help to relieve constipation and stimulate bowel movement.
8. Relax and Unwind:
Stress has been shown to reduce the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut which can upset the digestion process. Banish the bloat by incorporating relaxation into your daily routine – such as yoga, reading a book or taking a bath with lavender oil before bedtime.
9. Fill up on Fibre:
Fibre acts like a sponge that mops up fat and toxins for removal from the body, as well as assisting with healthy bowel functioning. This will cleanse your bowels before a heavy month of eating and drinking to help ensure that you can digest the large amounts of food and drink consumed over the festive period effectively. Good sources of fibre include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts. You can easily boost your fibre intake, with Renew Life’s FibreSMART powder: (RRP £14.99)* a unique dietary fibre supplement containing a complete digestive care formula that supports the intestinal tract lining and enhances the body’s cleansing processes by absorbing toxins and eliminating them from the system. Try sprinkling on your cereal or adding to yoghurt.
10. Sleep on it:
With long days at work, evenings spent gift shopping and social events to attend, it’s important to make sure that you are still getting enough sleep, but it’s usually the last thing on our minds when Christmas time rolls around. Getting good amounts of sleep has been shown to improve memory, creativity and reduce stress. Interestingly, not getting enough shut eye has been linked with weight gain. This is because lack of sleep increases the production of hunger hormones which can result in hunger pangs and play havoc with our metabolism. Make snooze time a priority to help keep trim and build up energy you need throughout the party season.
Renew Life is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of good digestive health. Renew Life products – including Ultimate Flora Critical Care (RRP £36.99), FibreSMART (RRP £14.99) and DigestMORE (£19.99) are available at various health food stores including Whole Foods, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, Nutri Centre and Revital. For more information visit, www.renewlife.co.uk
Ultimate Flora Critical Care:
a unique therapeutic strength one-a-day probiotic containing 50 billion live cultures from 10 different beneficial strains. Each capsule provides 30 billion active cultures of Bifidobacteriaprobotics to support bowel health and 20 billion active cultures of Lactobacilli probiotics to support small intestine health. These beneficial bacteria maintain the immune system and balance the intestinal environment, by helping the body to produce vitamins, digest foods and control the overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus. Each capsule has an enteric water-based coating to ensure the live bacteria survive the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach and is delivered to the intestines. Ultimate Flora Critical Care is recommended after antibiotics and for digestive health issues. The formula is dairy and soy free.
a powerful blend of plant-based digestive enzymes that help ensure the proper breakdown of food so that it can be utilized by the body. Each capsule of DigestMORE has 9 different enzymes and additional healing factors such as l-glutamine and marshmallow that soothe and protect the digestive tract. It is ideal for people who have difficulty digesting large meals, or suffer gas and bloating after certain types of food (such as protein) or combining carbohydrates and protein together.
a unique dietary fibre supplement and complete digestive care formula designed to help improve digestive health, ease constipation, promote regular bowel movement and assist with detoxification of the body. FibreSMART contains a perfect blend of (50%) soluble and (50)% insoluble fibre along with healing herbs (available in capsule and powder form). This ratio allows FibreSMART to absorb toxins, excess cholesterol, and increase elimination – without the constipating side effects created by other fibre products. The “healing factors” to help soothe and repair the intestinal tract.