What to Do When You've Overeaten
You didn't plan to indulge, but one primo led to a secondo, and then a dolce...and now you're full-to-bursting. Here's how to find some relief—as well as what not to do.
Try This Kind of Charcoal
If your meal seems to have ignited a mini fireworks show in your lower abdomen, consider taking activated-charcoal tablets. The charcoal powder absorbs excess gas in the intestinal tract, says Patricia Raymond, MD, a gastroenterologist and an assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Activated charcoal is also one of the few things that can suck up the hydrogen in gas, neutralizing embarrassing odors. However, you shouldn't pop them every day, and it's important to note that these tablets can have negative interactions with heart medication, so consult your doctor before trying them.