The reason why we feel so bloated? "Salt attracts water ions (as does sugar, indirectly, because insulin is hydrophilic), and you're usually consuming way more salt/sugar than usual at these holiday meals," Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition says. "Portion sizes also escalate dramatically, and your stomach actually is a muscle, so stretching it will feel odd if it receives a larger amount of food. Couple that with increased intake of alcohol, which also can cause bloat (and dehydration), and you've got a perfect blimpy body storm."
While the bloat is real and inevitable during the holiday season (because who wants to skip out on the turkey, sides, and dessert?!), there are some all-natural ways to de-bloat. We asked Moreno and other experts, and here's what they had to say.