Spring cleaning with a tummy-twist
Thought spring cleaning is only for your home? Think again… think stomach. Yip, your tummy – home to all you eat and drink – appreciates the occasional cleansing ritual too. And it’s not shy either to let you know when it’s due for, well, a good sweep.
If you are less regular than usual, have trouble sleeping, suffer from headaches or feel more tired than usual, you could put the spring back in your step by taking care of your stomach. Here are 5 ways in which you can sweep your tummy clean, for a happier, healthier you.
Grab a glass (or 8) of water
One of the many benefits of getting your daily intake of H2O, is that it flushes toxins from your stomach. It also helps to take care of your digestive health by keeping you hydrated. Not a fan of water? Then you’ll be pleased to know that you can substitute (some) of your water intake by eating foods with a high water content, such as watermelon and cucumber.
Get your daily fibre fix
A diet rich in fibre will not only keep you regular, but it’s also what every colon needs to stay in tip-top condition. With tons of healthy and delicious fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and grains to choose from, it’s easy to get your daily intake of fibre.
Juice it up
Bet you didn’t know that simply slurping a smoothy can help cleanse your tummy. That’s because fruit and veggie juices are brimming with fibre, plant compounds and natural sugars which act as laxatives to help keep the colon clean.
Where’s the honey, Honey?
Your digestive system needs a healthy dose of good bacteria to break down everything you toss at it. That’s where honey comes in handy – it’s a great prebiotic, which simply means it nourishes good bacteria in your intestines. When it’s time to spring clean your tummy, consider ditching your usual wake-up brew for the following: mix fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt with warm water and drink up.
It’s (herbal) tea time
Herbal teas have been used for centuries to support digestive health. Laxative teas, like Black Forest Herbal Laxative Tea, can help clear away constipation in a gentle, predictable way. Herbal drinks made from herbs such as ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper are said to combat harmful bacteria in the gut. If these herbs are not to your taste, try a cup of refreshing mint tea instead to soothe an upset stomach.
Happy spring cleaning!