4 Ways to Cleanse Your Body After a Gut-Busting Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving is just around the corner now, and for most, that means mountains of high-calorie food. We all know the coma-inducing feeling that comes from eating a Thanksgiving dinner. Everything on the table is inviting us to eat more, and while this can seem like a good idea at the time, the negative after-effects never fail to show. To help you get back on track a bit quicker this year, here are some tips on how to cleanse your body after this year’s gut-busting Thanksgiving dinner.
Above anything else, water is the main thing your body needs to flush out all those toxins you’ve picked up over the Thanksgiving weekend (you’ll probably be eating Thanksgiving food for a couple of days after as well). When you deprive your body of water, your digestive system has a hard time processing and removing waste. Water acts as a natural stool softener and is also the most vital component of a healthy kidney. As your kidneys are necessary to filter your blood of toxins, supporting them with plenty of water, especially after a meal like Thanksgiving, is the most important step to cleansing your body.
If you don’t like the idea of drinking plain water, drinking green tea can help with the detox process while also giving you a boost of energy. If tea isn’t your thing, lemon-infused water (or mint and cucumber) provides a bit of flavor and a boost of antioxidants. Try to sip little and often rather than gulping loads in one go. However, one of the most helpful ways to remind yourself to drink water is by always carrying a reusable water bottle everywhere you go.
2. Prune Juice
Prune juice is a classic solution to cleansing your gut, and there’s a good reason for it. Prune juice has laxative properties, so if you’re simply looking to empty your digestive system of all the heavy foods and backed up waste in your body, then this natural solution will get the job done. Drinking prune juice can also help with bloating, which is typical after a massive Thanksgiving meal.
As prune juice is mainly used as a laxative, it lacks some of the detoxifying properties present in other forms for cleansing. That said, drinking an herbal tea alongside prune juice is an effective way to get some antioxidants in your system and support a healthy gut. If you’re not a huge fan of the taste of prune juice, they can also be commonly found as natural supplements in a capsule form. Just make sure you block off some time for the bathroom a few hours after taking the recommended dosage.
While kombucha has been around for thousands of years, it’s one of the latest trends to sweep the health world in the past few years. It's a naturally fermented probiotic tea that’s full of health benefits, one of which helps to promote a healthy environment for the helpful bacteria in your stomach. Kombucha also contains a number of antioxidants to balance the acidity built up in your body after typical Thanksgiving food and drinks. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of kombucha.
While kombucha can be bought at your local health food store, it can also be made at home. However, just like prune juice, kombucha can be a mild laxative so you’re not going to want to drink a ton of it before an important meeting. However, drinking kombucha in the days after a big meal will certainly help your gut to get back on track while also flushing out all the toxins.
4. Dark, Leafy Greens
While they might not taste the best on their own, these dark, leafy and often bitter greens are so important for cleansing your body after consuming a mountain of high-fat and sugar-loaded foods. Greens like arugula, kale and spinach are high in fiber which can help stimulate healthy bowel movements by softening your stool. In addition, dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins and contain a specific type of sugar that promotes healthy gut bacteria.
Undoubtedly, the best way to incorporate greens into your diet is by eating them raw. This obviously can be done as a salad, as you all know. But let’s be honest, who likes eating a salad all the time? Instead, try mixing your greens into something a little bit tastier, like a smoothie. Check out this article for a few delicious smoothie recipes that actually contain raw greens.
Sitting down to eat Thanksgiving dinner is definitely one of the highlights of the year. However, we all know this also comes with the eventual feeling of bloat and nausea, so it’s worth doing something about this. Have a plan in place before the big day so you can just jump back into life with minimal time wasted recovering from that massive meal.