How to stop feeling puffy

Whether its from lack of sleep, too much salty foods (@ french fries I’m talking to you), too much vodka, not enough water or too much sun- we all feel puffy at some point or another. And when I say puffy I don’t mean feeling fat. I’m talking you wake up in the morning and your under eye bags are bigger than whatever designer ones your mom has in her closet, you feel like you haven’t hydrated in weeks, and you think to yourself “that $90 juice cleanse bundle is starting to look reasonable” (it’s not reasonable, nor will it ever be reasonable- just don’t do it). You feel like the Pillsbury doughboy on crack, and its not a great feeling. Even worse, feeling puffy comes at the worst times (like I have an interview at 10 am this morning and I look like I got punched kind of worst times) and I know when it hits me, I want a quick fix. Luckily I found some.

Chug room temperature water before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up.

The best thing you can do for your body in general, whether it be in times of puffiness or not, is to drink water. Your organs LOVE water. I always make sure to chug a glass of room temperature water before I go to bed and as soon as I wake up in the morning. Although cold water is refreshing, room temperature water is better for your body. It helps promote a healthy digestive track, is easier to drink in large quantities, and allows our bodies to rehydrate faster than cold water does. I like to keep my water bottles out of the fridge and in times I want cold water, I just add ice.

If you want to be camera ready, stop saying cheese.

Although both cheesy bread and ice cream are bomb, dairy bloats you whether you have an intolerance or not. Also, if you have really bad under eye bags when you wake up and your favorite snack is brie cheese- that’s not just a coincidence. Dairy (besides lack of sleep) is the leading cause of under eye bags. That doesn’t mean you necessarily have to completely cut out dairy (that would just be cruel)- just ease up on your intake when you know you have a big event (like a wedding, formal..etc.) coming up soon.

CAR.

No I’m not talking about your car, I’m talking about cucumber, aloe and rosewater. These three ingredients literally save my life when I feel dehydrated and puffy. The great thing about all three of them is you can ingest them or apply them to your body topically for the same benefit. AKA eating cucumber or drinking aloe water and doing a cucumber aloe face mask both benefit your body tenfold when you are trying to depuff.

Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

Don’t stress if you don’t know what foods are anti-inflammatory and which ones aren’t- I’ll save you the many google searches and skimming bullshit articles and tell you right now. Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, broccoli), oily fishes with lots of omega-3s (salmon), ginger, green tea, nuts (almonds, cashews), foods high in antioxidants (blueberries, artichokes, dark chocolate, pecans, cranberries, beets), and lemon are all examples of anti inflammatory foods.

Eat Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that has been used for centuries as a herbal supplement to reduce swelling and bruising. It is often prescribed to patients after a surgery to reduce swelling of surrounding tissues, but it works the same way when you are feeling puffy or even when you wake up with a couple bruises from the night before. The highest concentrations of bromelain are found in the core of the pineapple. You can cut up the core and add to smoothies, or just eat like normal pineapple. You can also buy bromelain supplements (but those are so expensive and a pineapple is like $3 for the whole damn fruit). I literally swear this stuff is magic and by eating the core, it stops you from spending extra money on pre-cut pineapple where the core has been removed.

Moisturize.

It’s basically like drinking water, but for your skin. Dry skin can cause skin irritations which lead to a puffy, bloated appearance. Moisturizing after you shower can help lock in extra hydration and keep puffiness down.

Find the right amount of fiber for you.

Fiber is found in the majority of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fiber deficiency is extremely prevalent and can lead to bloating or digestion issues. But too much fiber can also have these same effects. Eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables as well as high fiber grains like barley, quinoa, oats, and amaranth as well as lean proteins and healthy fats can ensure you’re getting enough fiber without over doing it.

Cut out artificial sugars.

You should cut artificial shit out of your diet in general, but if you are feeling extra puffy, stop chewing sugar free gum, using Splenda in your coffee, or drinking diet drinks. All of these are sources of sugar alcohols which tend to cause bloating when consumed in large doses. Look for “unsweetened” or “sweetened with stevia” (all natural zero calories sweetener) and avoid anything with sucralose, sugar alcohols, erythritol, sorbitol or glycerol in its ingredient list.

And remember you won’t feel puffy for life and this will gross feeling will pass- you aren’t the Pillsbury doughboy.

Rachel WesthoffComment