The obvious answer for avoiding a "beer bloat" is to steer clear of the stuff altogether, but on St. Patrick's day that's a big ask. While we strongly recommend sampling one of the many gluten-free versions now on the market (Steadfast Beer Company: Golden Blonde Ale or Dogfish Head Tweason'Ale are two of our favorites), we can't argue the lure of those pretty green pitchers. So, without further adieu, here are some tips to get you back on track tomorrow if you decided to splurge tonight.
1. Wake Up With A Supplement
Magnesium and activated charcoal are both excellent natural remedies for flushing toxins from your system and kick starting digestion. Try adding a spoonful of powdered magnesium into your morning cup of joe or taking one activated charcoal tablet with a large glass of water right when you hop out of bed.
2. Drink Lots of Water
While this may seem counter productive, water is without question the most underrated cure-all available to us. Consuming alcohol (see also: beer) leads to dehydration and forces your body to retain fluids. Believe it or not, the best way to combat this issue is to slowly drink water until you are fully hydrated - at which point, your body will proceed to flush out any unnecessary liquids and begin to "de-bloat".
3. Eat: Potassium, Probiotics + Digestive Enzymes
The potassium in bananas, probiotics in yogurt and digestive enzymes found in pineapples and papayas each play a key role in reducing belly bloat. Potassium acts as a contrast to water retaining sodium, while digestive enzymes and probiotics (or "good bacteria") aid the body in efficient digestion by helping to break down any food you consume and lubricating the digestive tract.
4. Avoid: Sodium, Fiber + Carbonation
Sodium, as mentioned above, causes the body to retain water and puff up - not something you want if you are already feeling fluffy. Fiber and carbonation cause similar distress by prompting gasses to build up within the body, resulting in additional bloat, discomfort and flatulence.
5. Add: Ginger, Peppermint, Turmeric + Rosemary
Ginger, peppermint, turmeric and rosemary all all natural tummy tamers. Try adding one of them to your afternoon tea or a recipe for homemade soup (we like this one) to keep the bloat at bay.
Another obvious, but underused weapon in the fight against beer bloat is exercise. No, you don't have to wake up and run 6 miles or drop down and roll out 1, 000 crunches - a simple walk around the block will suffice. The idea here is to encourage movement throughout your body and the easiest way to do that is to keep yourself moving - every little bit helps!
7. Go Gluten-Free
We've said it before and we'll say it again. There are so many delicious new gluten-free beers out there, you are bound to find one that you like! If you aren't sold on the options we've already mentioned, here are a few more to consider.