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Bikini Body

1st April 2016 11:33 AM

Author: Samantha Farmer

Top tips for a Bikini Body...

The recent warm sunshine heralds the spring and feelings of kicking off our winter woolies and bearing our bodies to the caressing sun-rays. It will soon be bikini weather!

For most of us we take a look at ourselves and realise there is too much work to be done before we bear all on the beach.

Here are my top tips to get bikini ready.

Hydrate - if you havent been drinking around 8 glasses of filtered water a day, then now is the time to start. There is not enough research to confirm if this benefits skin hydration, but it will assist your body to detox and eliminate waste so your skin should look clearer, your digestion be more efficient and reduce constipation.

Stop the bloat - watch out for high sugar foods and hidden sugars that can lead to bloating. Include fibre found in whole grains, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, and legumes to reduce constipation. Address food allergies and intolerances that can cause gas and bloating - dont second guess. Find out from a qualified nutritional therapist or your doctor. Avoid carbonated drinks and limit your salt intake.

If you want to lose a few pounds, your best bet is to start now by changing your eating habits - for life! Choose a low GL diet, eat regularly and include protein in each meal to assist keeping your blood sugar stable. This promotes energy, and can reduce health symptoms as well as aid weight loss. Avoif high GL foods like processed products including white bread, white pasta and rice, and choose whole grains. Watch out for root vegetables and potatoes, which can also be high - include them but not all at the same time.

Take some exercise to tone your body; try squats and lunges for your butt and thighs, planks for the core muscles and upper arms, join a class like pilates and yoga for flexibility  and tone. And workout anywhere - do squats in the kitchen whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, or press ups against a unit when dinner is cooking - be creative with your exercise routine!

Body brush - this is fantastic for removing dead skin cells and encouraging new skin cell development, promoting circulation and elimination, and is believed to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dry skin brushing is also believed to help tone muscle and it feels fantastic. Buff yourself beautiful!

Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables, organic where possible to reduce toxin intake, include oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and trout, eat whole foods, not processed, including nuts and seeds, pulses and legumes, keep red meat to about once or twice a week and look for wild, free range or organic, once again to avoid unnecessary  intake of chemicals. Make salad dressings using olive oil with lemon juice, and spice up with garlic, herbs, turmeric, mustard, ginger, chilli and any other tasty herb or spice you fancy.

 Finally moisturise your body daily. I love coconut oil as it is easy to apply, inexpensive and makes the skin feel beautiful. The massaging effect can also aid elimination and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Taking on some or all of these recommendations will help you get bikini ready in just a few weeks.

Bon Voyage!

Samantha is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health.

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Treatments: Nutritional Therapy

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