How to Relieve the Feeling of Overeating

Most people have experienced episodes of overeating. Holidays, birthdays and other special occasions often involve overindulgence in foods and drinks. Alternatively, feelings of stress, boredom, depression and anxiety can sometimes lead to overeating. No matter the cause, eating too much at one time leads to physical discomfort. Stomachaches, bloating, gas and indigestion can all develop after a bout of overeating, making you feel even worse about overindulging. There is a few, easy actions that you can take to help ease your discomfort.

Cup of tea with mint leaves in it
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Step 1

Take an antacid. Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute states that over-the-counter antacids can help indigestion, which may be caused by overeating. Follow the package directions for dosage, and consult your doctor for a prescription antacid if your stomach discomfort does not improve.

Step 2

Try peppermint herbal tea, advises Peppermint is often used to settle the stomach and relieve digestive distress. Herbal tea with peppermint is available at any supermarket or health-food store.

Step 3

Go for a long walk. Moving around speeds along digestion, which should help relieve the uncomfortable feeling of fullness. In addition, getting some exercise after overeating will burn some calories to balance out your caloric intake.

Things You'll Need

  • Peppermint tea

  • Antacid medication


Consult your physician if your physical symptoms persist or worsen, or if you are concerned your overeating is out of control and may stem from an eating disorder.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
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