Feeling bloated? Skip the medicine cabinet and even the pantry—the answer to your digestive ailments might be hiding out on your bar cart. It turns out that a simple ingredient—probably in your go-to cocktail—can help set your stomach straight. Bitters could be your solution to belly bloat, as explained by Liz Moody, the senior food editor at MindBodyGreen. Moody swears by a little bit of bitters before bed to help with digestion, saying that she makes herself the same drink every night after dinner: "a generous dash of lavender bitters in sparkling water."
There's a scientific explanation for why her strategy works. "First, the sheer bitterness of the tinctures stimulates your stomach acid, making it easier for it to go to work digesting whatever food you eat," explains Moody. "Beyond that, the medicinal properties of whatever spices and herbs are used go to work." When you're picking up your bitters, Moody says to be aware of brands that use artificial colors and flavors. Organic herbal apothecary Urban Moonshine sells bitters specifically intended to aid digestion.
So, the next time your stomach needs a little help, whip up a little mocktail and enjoy the soothing effects of this unexpected bar ingredient.
Next up, here are some more home remedies to beat bloating.