"Why is my stomach so flat in the mornings until I eat a crumb, and I'm suddenly 8 months pregnant with twins," read a recent Instagram meme. Anyone who suffers from regular bloating can relate to this insufferable feeling. Not only is bloating uncomfortable, but it always seems to rear its ugly head at the most inopportune times: before a day at the beach, the night you need to wear a tight dress to an event, or the day you decided to wear your non-stretch jeans on a date.
Of course, banishing bloating starts with a healthy diet free or salty foods or carbonated drinks—but a recent Well+Good article tuned us into another all-natural remedy: tinctures—and they will only set you back $12 on Amazon.
"A tincture is the most medicinal way of extracting the most important compounds [from natural sources] using alcohol," LuliTonix founder Lianna Sugarman tells Well+Good. Tinctures are used to manage anything from sleeping problems to allergies, but for bloating and digestion specifically, Sugarman recommends dandelion, orange peel, and milk thistle. "They stimulate your liver to produce bile, which helps break down what you eat," she says. Simply add a few drops to a glass of water.
Mary Bove, ND, a medical educator at Gaia Herbs, also believes in the power of tinctures, as she explains in a Bon Appétit article. Her cure-all for bloating: ginger, fennel, licorice root, and Swedish bitters.
Sure, tinctures may not guarantee a flat stomach for the rest of your days, but with 4.5 stars on Amazon and multiple positive customer reviews—one which characterizes the product as lifesaving—it might be worth adding to your next Prime order and giving it a try.
What are your bloat-busting cure-alls? Share your wisdom with us.