Hearing Lo Bosworth's name might conjure up faint notes of Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" off in the distance, but the Manhattan transplant is much more than her Laguna Beach and The Hills days. She co-hosts a successful female-empowerment podcast, Lady Lovin', and launched a health-and-wellness line called Love Wellness full of good-for-you natural and organic ingredients vetted by doctors. We queue up Bosworth's hilarious musings on our iTunes weekly and are equally as intrigued by LW's efficacious supplements, wipes, and pH-balancing cleanser. But a recent launch has won the biggest Byrdie stamp of approval: Bye Bye Bloat de-bloating pills.
The secret is digestive enzymes, an element we begin to lose as we age. So by supplementing with third-party enzymes, we're better able to break down food, resulting in less bloating, gas, and other fun symptoms that leave you feeling like a helium balloon. It's also got dandelion root, a natural laxative and diuretic, as well as fenugreek, which encourages mucus production in your digestive system to get things moving.
I recently met Lo at a workout event with The Sculpt Society (I'm still so sore it hurts to cough) and got the 411 on these supplements. She told me how they're very effective but that they'll make you urinate frequently since they're a natural diuretic. Since I drink so much water as it is, this wasn't a deal breaker for me. Plus, I was on the verge of my period, so the bloat was real, and I was willing to try anything to de-puff. As expected, I was making more trips to the bathroom. I'll spare you the details, but I will say, take note of the laxative effect and plan your day accordingly. While probably uncomfortable at first, you definitely get… cleaned out, so to speak, which knocks the bloat out of the park. Within a few hours of taking the supplements (two with water after a meal), I could actually feel my waistband loosen. I offered some to senior editor Hallie Gould, who told me she also felt less bloated and "lighter" throughout the day.
While the final results are certainly enough to sing this supplement's praises, it's the natural, scientifically proven ingredients that seal the deal. As we mentioned before, dandelion root is a proven safe diuretic (that also has antioxidizing benefits), and fenugreek is a proven laxative. You'll also find fennel seed powder, which removes accumulated gas from the GI tract; ginger, which promotes gastric motility and has anti-inflammatory properties; and digestive enzymes like amylase and lipase to aid in breaking down notoriously difficult-to-digest foods like dairy and beans. I consider it my new secret weapon against PMS, pizza, and whatever other factors are causing me to inflate.
Up next, take a look at the drinks that are secretly making you feel bloated.