The most relaxing way to beat bloating

Salt baths are great for helping to stop bloating - and popular with the likes of Victoria Beckham!

If you have eaten, drunk and made merry during the Christmas season you may find yourself feeling bloated and sluggish after lounging on the sofa watching Christmas films. So why not try a fast solution to beat the bloat? Bloating is caused by water retention from salt and carbohydrates in your body. And many of us, despite our best efforts with working out and maintaining a healthy diet, will retain around 1.5lbs of water weight. Thankfully, the answer to shedding this may be as simple as a 20-minute soak in a salt bath.

Salt baths have been a popular choice among celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow who uses Epsom salts 'to detox, revive muscles and de-puff my skin' and Victoria Beckham who reportedly relies on them to streamline her figure, for many years. Salt's healing properties were discovered in the early 17th century and bathing in Epsom salts is known to reduce water retention and tummy bloating. Because our skin is porous, reverse osmosis takes place, which means toxins and excess fluids are drawn out of the skin as the goodness goes in, resulting in a flatter tummy.

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Beat the bloat with a salt bath

While most experts recommend bathing in a dilution of two mugs of salts per bath three times a week, the 20min Body Boost Bath Prep from BOD (Body on Demand) promises a slimmer silhouette before a big night out in just one session. Their two-step regime combines bath salts made of magnesium chloride and natural sugars and a moisturising lotion that together can help the water weight dissolve.Just add the salt mix to your bath and sweat it out for 20 minutes. Depending on the individual, one bathing session can help eliminate up to 3lbs of excess water retention weight to leave your body looking sculpted and redefined.

"The salt bath prep enables anyone to expunge between 1 to 3lbs of subcutaneous water from the body," the brand's founder Mark Curry tells us. "Salt lowers the boiling point of water, therefore, you are able to sweat more in more temperate baths than in normal water, naturally driving out more sweat from your skin (and therefore toxins) from your body through this natural process."

The unique bath salts utilise your body's natural diffusion process when submerged in hot water, driving out sweat and toxins with a powerful blend of botanical extracts and advanced ionic compounds.The second step in BOD's regime is the BOD sorbet, a hydrating lotion which visibly helps tighten and tone skin. While it's not a long-term solution, it's a very good quick fix which will leave you feeling slender and less sluggish. You can get a similar effect from using Better You Magnesium Flakes, a cost-effective way to indulge in the many benefits of magnesium chloride baths. Or try using a body brush to stimulate the skin and open the pores before a 20-minute soak in an Epsom salts bath.

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