Drink Lots of Water While You’re Partying, Too
The more water you drink, the less water you retain. It sounds counterintuitive, but it makes total sense. As you hydrate, your body is able to flush out more toxins. Plus, drinking a glass of water in between every alcoholic beverage will keep you from getting too drunk and will also help ease your hangover the next day.
Skip the Morning Cardio
If you’ve ever felt slightly bloated after a super intense workout, you’re not alone. After a hardcore sweat session—say a long run or cycling class—your body tends to retain water for a few hours as a natural response to sweating. Even if you drank water throughout the class, sometimes this post-workout feeling can’t be avoided. Do your cardio the day before, and stick to things like yoga and other low-impact exercises the morning of a big bash.
Pass on Beer and Carbonated Cocktails
While we love a spritzy Highball, if you plan on having multiple day drinks, you should stick to flat beverages. The bubbles in beer and soda can get trapped in your stomach, which sometimes feels painful and/or makes you feel like your belly is twice its actual size. If you’re having one Aperol Spritz before dinner, fine. But if you want to drink Cuba Libres on the beach all day, time to rethink your plan.
How to De-Bloat in a Hurry
Oops! You’re totally reading this guide the day OF your big party, and it’s too late. You’re already feeling bloated and don’t know what to do. That’s OK, try a couple of these quick fixes, and you’ll be feeling like your old self in no time.
Drink Water with Lemon and Cayenne
This trick works for us every single time. If you’re feeling bloated, add the juice from half a lemon and a dash (or however much spice you can handle) of cayenne pepper to an eight-ounce glass of water. Drink it down (not too fast), and you’ll be feeling less bloated and ready to sip cocktails in about an hour.
Turmeric Is Your Friend
Bright yellow turmeric is full of detoxifying properties. If you have the powder, add it to a smoothie (made with other de-bloating foods like papaya, pineapple, spinach and coconut water). You can also buy turmeric in liquid form. Keep a bottle around and swallow a dropperful if you’re feeling bloated before a party. While you’re at it, mix up a turmeric-spiked cocktail to kick off the celebration on a (semi) healthful note.
Take a Ginger Shot
Ginger is a miracle worker, whether you feel a cold coming on or simply need a quick fix for tummy troubles. Stop by your local juice bar for a spicy shot, or keep high-quality ginger tea around to fix things up in a jiffy. If you’re still feeling so-so at the start of a bash, mix up a fresh ginger cocktail as the next best thing.