Summer is well and truly here, and for us desert dwellers soaring temperatures can cause havoc with your body… Jeans which may once have fit snuggly are now impossible to do up and limbs appear more puffy than usual as your body holds onto more water to combat the heat. So if, like us, your summer wardrobe may have dwindled a little and the thought of donning a bikini is striking fear into you, here are some natural remedies to beat the bloat in the first installment of our Beat The Heat Survival Guide.

Stay Hydrated: Ensure you are drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your digestive system efficiently and to help flush out any toxins.

Epsom Salt Bath: An A-list pre-Red Carpet ritual, Epsom salt baths will reduce bloat and inflammation of the body (they also help ease achy muscles). Take an Epsom salt bath two to three times a week for best results.

Fennel Seeds: Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as possessing carmitive properties, chew a few teaspoons after each meal or add to hot water and drink as a tea to reduce bloating of the stomach and aid digestion.

Cut The Crap: Try to keep your diet as clean as possible by cutting out processed foods and choosing fresh produce instead. Minimize your intake of dairy and gluten also which can cause bloating, and add potassium rich foods such as bananas to your diet. Check out our  Detox Toolkit series for more information on clean eating.

Tumeric: Whether you add to your morning smoothie, food, or take in tablet form, Tumeric is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories out there. It can help to flush out any excess water the body is holding onto.

Cucumbers: There’s a reason people have been putting slices of cucumbers on their eyes for puffiness all these years… Containing quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps reduce swelling, cucumbers are a great addition to juices or throw into your salads to feel the anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lower Salt Intake: Intake of high sodium foods can trigger water retention and leave you feeling puffy, bloated and sluggish, so ensure your salt intake is kept to a minimum.

Drink Tea: Ginger is one of the best cures for colds, achy muscles and stomach cramps and is also a great remedy for bloated bellies. It soothes and relaxes the muscles in the digestive tract to alleviate any discomfort and inflammation, try it with hot water help ease any stomach grumbles. Peppermint tea is also great post-dinner to aid digestion and reduce the morning bloat.

Detox Massage: If you are still in need of some extra help to reduce puffy limbs and joints try opting for a detox massage which focuses on lymphatic drainage. This will help to eliminate toxins and drive out any excess water in the body.

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