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.

More: Quiz: Do You Need a Tummy Tox?


Start Your Day With Detox Water

To begin your tummy tox plan, fill a 48-ounce pitcher with water and add ginger, mint leaves, cucumber, and lemon. While on the surface this may seem like any other flavored beverage, these ingredients are key in restoring your health and wellness. Lemon helps clean out the digestive system, thanks to the enzyme-stimulating acids. Cucumbers prevent water retention and have anti-inflammatory properties. Mint promotes easy digestion and soothes stomach cramps. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and provides soothing relief for the digestive tract, which can relieve gassiness and bloat. Try to finish the pitcher by end of day, and feel free to drink it on its own or with your meals.

Watch: How to Start the 10-Day Tummy Tox

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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