Friday, May 19, 2017

What to Eat to Beat the Bloat

Years of addiction can wreak havoc on your digestive health, including dealing with some bloating during recovery as your body begins to heal. The good news: You can take some steps to better care for your belly -- and perhaps one of the easiest (and yummiest!) is eating the right foods. 

Start with these fruits and veggies, which are loaded with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins to help you de-puff, feel great, and power through your recovery. 
  • Cucumbers: These veggies contain quercetin, an antioxidant that helps reduce swelling. If you eat the skin, you can also benefit from caffeic acid, an antioxidant known to help nix inflammation. 
  • Asparagus: Not only is this veggie a natural diuretic but it’s also a prebiotic, which increases the probiotics or “good bacteria” in your digestive system. 
  • Leafy greens: Loading up on spinach, kale, and Swiss chard will give you a healthy dose of magnesium to help keep digestion and fluid balance on track.
  • Avocados: Rich in soluble fiber, this superfood helps you stay full sans gassiness. 
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are roughly 95 percent water and they’re loaded with vitamin C, lycopene, and other antioxidants that can help you de-bloat.
  • Kiwi: This fruit contains actinidin, a natural enzyme that helps digest protein and prevents bloating. Plus, it’s a great source of fiber to help keep you regular. 
  • Watermelon: Snacking on this water-dense food – watermelon contains more than 90 percent of water – is a great way to up your H20 intake and flush any excess salt in your body.  
Eating Healthfully During Transitional Residential Care 
If you are graduating from a stabilization program and realize you need more help, then our Rise Up Program is for you. During transitional residential care, you’ll learn critical life skills for independent living, including nutritional guidance. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.

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