09 Apr Bloating 101 | 3 Foods to Deflate Sausage Feet
If you’re reading this, chances are the title grabbed your attention. We’ve all experienced sausage feet at one point in our lives right? My aha moment was a few years ago…
I was on a long flight with my husband and had taken off my shoes as we were landing. Then it happened. I tried to put them back on and couldn’t. My feet were so swollen! I showed my husband and he said, “Gosh Honey, your feet look like sausages.”
I’m not sure about you, but having my husband compare my feet and calves to a meat product is not my idea of romance. From that day on, I was determined to discover the secret to getting rid of excess water weight the healthy* way.
I knew the common tips to prevent bloating such as avoiding alcohol and sodium, exercise, eat fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking water. But I was curious to know if there were certain foods that could help move excess water through my system.
Low and behold, I discovered (thanks to the Mayo Clinic) that foods with high water content can actually ease water retention! To reap the benefits, it’s important to consume a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, including celery, melon, lettuce, cucumbers and spinach. Of all foods with high water content, 3 of them are super powers when it comes to deflating sausage feet.
Here are my Top 3 bloat busting foods:
Parsley is a mild diuretic and can help take excess water out of your system. Get more of it by chopping it up and adding to your salads. This adds a burst of flavor and antioxidants!
Watermelon is a fantastic diuretic. Try it as snack to offset the effects of a high sodium day.
Cucumbers have a high water content and a bonus cooling effect on hot days, but the seeds can make you burp. Slice the whole cucumber in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and then slice it up to serve — problem solved!
BONUS! Use this simple bloat busting tip ANYWHERE!
Squeeze a little lemon in a glass of water. Simple right? While I have no research to back this up, one of my friends is a former model. She told me that the night before a bathing suit shoot, all the models would drink a glass of water with ¼ of a lemon squeezed in it. While I haven’t been asked to do any bikini photo shoots recently, I’m still using this trick to help lose the excess bloat.
Important medical disclaimer:
*Water retention (edema) may have a medical cause. Talk to your doctor about possible causes of water retention or bloating before trying to treat it yourself.