I've been having some serious digestion issues lately. Isn't that a wonderful way to start this post?
Unfortunately, it's very true, and I'm in the midst of trying to tweak my diet as I suspect that may be the culprit. Specifically artificial sweeteners. I consume WAY more than I should a day and a lot of it comes from drinks. For the last few weeks I've been extremely bloated and figured it may just be my good ol' IBS flaring up again (I've also been pretty stressed which is a trigger.) So, I'm trying to lower my stress levels, cut out artificial sweeteners (and more on that and my new eating habits tomorrow) and incorporate as many anti-bloat foods as possible.
A few weeks ago my Mom got me this awesome infusion pitcher (the link isn't to the exact model I have, but the #1 selling on on Amazon which is almost identical to mine.) For whatever reason it sat around in the box for a while and I just though of using it yesterday as I was making up my "quit wanting to stab myself in the stomach" grocery list. As usual anytime I have any sort of health issues I turn to Dr. Google. I searched for the best anti-bloating foods, and I wanted to find a natural, zero-calorie, replacement for some of my artificially sweetened drinks. It wasn't to hard to come up with this super simple, but extremely light and refreshing, drink.Beat the Bloat Zero Calorie Refresher:
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup of fresh mint
Slice up the cucumber & lemon and add that with the mint to the infuser. Let sit for at least a day in the fridge to properly infuse.
This stuff just tastes fancy. Like, if I ever went to a spa (which I haven't) I imagine pristine looking women serving me glasses of this as I get a pedicure. Not only does it taste amazing but it's super cheap. Once you invest in the pitcher (which is under $20) the ingredients to make this cost me about $2.00.
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How do you deal with bloating issues? What would you infuse in your water?