There are few things more uncomfortable than being bloated. It can make even a favorite pair of jeans feel unflattering, and the thought of putting on a bikini while bloated is absolutely cringe-worthy. Unfortunately, fun get-togethers can create a perfect storm for this kind of discomfort; convivial socializing means downing more cocktails and feasting on loads of rich appetizers. Rather than limiting these indulgences, is there a cure for stomach bloating that actually works? According to MindBodyGreen's network of functional medicine doctors, these three things will help ease belly bloat so you can feel comfortable in your own skin.
"The number one food that eliminates bloat is a digestive aid—ginger. Ginger has many healing properties. Among them, it reduces inflammation and promotes intestinal motility. By promoting peristalsis (the rhythmic contractions of the intestines), it helps to eliminate bloat. Ginger tea or ginger kombucha after a meal makes for a perfect digestive." — Vincent Pedre, MD, and author of Happy Gut
"Activated carbon (also known as activated charcoal) absorbs impurities and gas. When a patient is admitted to the ER for a drug or alcohol overdose, we administer activated charcoal to absorb and filter the toxins in their stomach. Similarly, activated charcoal can soak up the less harmful but uncomfortable gases that accumulate in your gut. It's not a miracle fix, but it eliminates bloat. I keep a bottle of activated charcoal pills in my purse. When I'm bloated, I pop two activated charcoal pills to neutralize the gas.
I also take it when at a restaurant that serves food of unclear quality." — Sara Gottfried, MD, author of Younger
"They're a perfect blend of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. They also contain fiber and prebiotics that work to improve gut flora, keep us satiated, and balance our blood sugar. Mitigating spikes in blood sugar helps prevent bloat by minimizing the cortisol response that causes us to retain water." — Serena Goldstein, a naturopathic doctor specializing in hormonal health
Head over to MindBodyGreen for more—and read up on one editor's de-bloating experience with activated charcoal.