The Easiest and Quickest Way to De-bloat Naturally? It's in the Bag!

We all know (and break) the basic rules for keeping bloat at bay: avoid sugar, refined carbs, and non-fermented dairy and soy, eat slowly, don't chew gum, watch out for those fizzy drinks and alcoholic beverages, move more often . . . I know, I know, you get it! But, we ignored the wisdom and indulged too much, so here we are with a bloated belly. I recall many years ago even going home with emergency cramping or canceling an outing because I couldn't zip any of my dresses! (Hervé Léger? Impossible!).

So what can you do to beat bloat quickly, even if you're out and about without your arsenal of cures at home?

Aside from a medical condition that can cause extreme bloating (and that needs medical treatment), there are many natural ways to prevent bloating, as mentioned above, but also to help reduce it. My favorite is simple and natural peppermint tea, known to fix many tummy woes, including helping you to get into those skinny jeans or bathing suit more quickly.

Just like when there isn't any green tea at home, I panic if there isn't any peppermint tea around. I like to have a little peppermint plant in my kitchen or harvested leaves from my garden, but even tea bags work really well and are easy to carry with you when you're on the go! Peppermint tea bags are widely available though, so even if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation after a meal, most restaurants have this tea staple. I've had too many intestinal digestion issues in the past, so I really try to be smart about my food and fitness, but even a little sushi rice can cause me to bloat a little (deflating the fun of sushi night!). Thankfully, I usually find relief with peppermint tea within the hour.

Peppermint has antispasmodic and relaxant properties, helping you to safely and naturally relax muscles so digestion can flow more easily. Plus, the water from the tea will aid the entire de-bloating process because contrary to what some people believe, bloating isn't water weight—it's intestinal gas!

If I have more time, I'll brew fresh ginger and peppermint tea (the cure all that I grew up with), but you can just grate a bit of fresh ginger into your tea for extra potency.

BONUS? Peppermint's menthol can stimulate your mental concentration and memory (perfect for that 4pm slump), help with congestion, aid in curbing cravings for sweets, and help balance hormones!

Okay, it's summer, so skip to the beach now! Wishing you health and happiness!

P.S. If you're an essential oil lover, you can even put a drop of peppermint essential oil into a carrier oil and drink it, but I know most people at least have tea bags around and they're easier to transport!