There are few things more uncomfortable than being bloated. In my experience, it can make even my favorite pair of jeans feel unflattering, and the thought of putting on a bikini while bloated is borderline cringe-worthy. Unfortunately, the summertime situations create a perfect storm for this kind of discomfort; skin-baring clothing and bathing suits are the uniform while constant socializing means more cocktails and appetizers. Rather than limiting our indulgences, we'd rather find a bloating cure that actually works. According to MindBodyGreen's network of functional medicine doctors, the below foods will help you feel comfortable in your own skin this summer.
"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, hormonal health expert
Head over to MindBodyGreen for more, and read up on one editor's de-bloating experience with activated charcoal next.