The 10-Day Tummy Tox Plan

Ditch constipation and bloat for good with this detox plan.

The 10-Day Tummy Tox Plan

If you are tired of living with constipation, digestive issues, bloat, and gassiness, this is the detox for you. Weight-loss expert and nutritionist J.J. Smith has come up with tried-and-true tips to help you look and feel your best. With easy-to-make recipes and simple tweaks to your daily routine, you can be on your way to living life without feeling sluggish, irritable, and uncomfortable. Print the cheat sheet to reference throughout the detox period and keep reading for the entire plan.

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Eat Power Greens to Heal Inflammation

For lunch, add one cup of power greens (cucumbers, asparagus, spinach, green beans) to your salad to enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is often linked to constipation, so a serving of greens a day is crucial in battling this discomfort. Cucumbers contain the antioxidant quercetin which can help reduce belly swelling, asparagus has prebiotics that can restore good bacteria to your gut and prevent gas, spinach is packed with fiber and magnesium, which can help the colon contract and green beans are also full of fiber too. If you hate eating salads every day, toss these greens into a smoothie and drink your way to better health.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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