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Posted by Cayla Capri
Beating The Bloat
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After all the work it took to get you into that cinching dream dress, the last thing you need is for a swollen stomach to undo three month’s worth of sweating it out on the elliptical. Read on to learn how you can prevent this everyday nuisance from sullying your wedding, and how to bust that belly if it’s too late, because really, it’s never too late.
your cycle
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Don’t let Aunt Flo crash your big day, because she’ll probably bring along cousin crabbiness, migraine, and of course, Uncle Bloat. Anyway, planning your wedding around your menstrual cycle is just common sense. How else were you planning to pull off that itsy-bitsy white bikini on your Caribbean honeymoon?
preventing water retention
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If your bachelorette party is going to rival that of your fiancé, it’s best to throw it at least two days before the wedding. Alcohol dehydrates you and dehydration is a primary cause of bloating. Ditto goes for all the caffeine you’re going to covet the morning after.
An abundance of salts and refined sugars will suck up water like hungry little leeches. (Not literally. Actually, you become dehydrated and your body is forced to preserve the water to help dilute the bad stuff.) But yeah, avoid them. Or, avoid them until the wedding dinner. After all, this is your opportunity to indulge in decadent, sultry food with someone you love. Don’t miss out that kind of intimacy in the name of vanity.
If you start forgoing meals thinking this will prevent the bulge, you’re in for an unfortunate (swollen) surprise. Low-cal diets, especially ones lacking in protein, actually increase your water retention. So eat plenty of (healthy) proteins. While you’re at it, throw in some Vitamin B-6 too, just for kicks, and for a mild diuretic.
Drink lots of water. You should be drinking 8-10 glasses a day anyway, but if you’ve been slacking lately, try and take up the habit the week before your wedding. The thing is, as the water level in your body goes down, up goes the chance you’ll become constipated, resulting in, all together now, bloating.
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Intestinal gas also causes the dreaded bloat, so eat slowly and avoid soft drinks, bubble gum, (all to prevent swallowing air) and any foods that give you gas as an individual. Everyone’s different, so get to know your body and respect its (possible) distaste for the usual culprits: dairy, wheat, starch, legumes and/or certain vegetables. Being in touch with your system is really the golden rule.
last minute solutions
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Get your body moving. Going for a quick jog or brisk walk the morning of will help burn off the bump, as well as some of those nerves.
Take a hot bath, or warm up to a heating pad. At the very least, it will make your stomach feel more at ease.
Peppermint and fennel teas can diminish gas, while probiotic foods (like probiotic yogurt) encourage digestion.
If all else fails, you can always slip into a corset, or a pair of stockings with stretch-panels that hold in your tummy, thighs and butt.
As much as you may want to look “perfect,” don’t let the little imperfections get in the way of your fun. Happiness and natural beauty will always win over the flat stomach. It’s your wedding day and you’re glowing– trust that.