Six in 10 Americans state they eat more than they should, which can mean you consume more calories than you need and feel painfully full. This often occurs at large gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, when you are surrounded by loads of delicious food, and you and your family and friends eat plates stacked high with food. Whatever the occasion, an overstuffed stomach is downright uncomfortable. You don’t have to wait hours until you digest but can try simple home remedies to quell your bloated belly.
While you may not want to put anything in your stomach after overeating, try to sip on certain teas. Integrative and Sports Nutritionist Beth McDonald recommends caffeine-free, chicory-root tea, which can settle down your mood and your stomach. This roasted coffee-flavored tea promotes movement of food through your digestive tract. If you don’t like coffee flavors, opt for chamomile tea, which has a similar therapeutic effect.
Suck on a peppermint candy after overeating. Peppermint naturally relieves gas, indigestion and nausea. Avoid it if you suffer from acid reflux, though. Peppermint relaxes the opening between your stomach and esophagus, enabling stomach acid to flow back upward. Otherwise, feel free to enjoy a cup of peppermint tea or stick of peppermint gum.
You may be tempted to crash on the couch with a belly food of food, but motivate yourself to go for a short walk. A walk after eating, even a slow stroll, promotes healthy digestion. By standing and moving around, you also prevent acid reflux because gravity stops stomach juices from coming back up and causing heartburn. Dr. Matthew Edlund, in “Psychology Today,” states walking helps to balance blood sugar levels, thereby preventing type 2 diabetes. If you walk after dinner, you also can cut down on belly fat.
Antacids and Activated Charcoal
If all else fails, try over-the-counter medication. According to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, antacids treat heartburn, indigestion and gas. Dr. Patricia Raymond, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, recommends trying activated-charcoal tablets. Charcoal powder soaks up excess gas in your intestinal tract. You should not use them on a regular basis, and speak with your doctor if you’re on heart medication because the two can interact.