Get Rid of Bloating Naturally

Bloating is often described as a feeling of uncomfortable fullness in the stomach, often marked by tightness, swelling and mild distention of the stomach. It is often accompanied by gas that can be a bit embarrassing as it is let loose through flatulence and belching. Though not generally a serious problem, it can be a symptom of serious problems, so it is recommended that if you frequently suffer from bloating that you seek medical care to rule out possible issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

 

How do I know if I have bloating?

  • Distention of the stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Belching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lower back pain
  • Vomiting
  • Acidity
  • Heartburn
  • Stools that are black, tarry looking or bloody
  • Sudden weight loss

 

How can I prevent bloating?

  • Avoid carbohydrates, high sodium foods, carbonated beverages, beer, and sugar substitutes. All of these can cause build up and bloating.
  • Don’t hold it in when you have gas.
  • Avoid beans and legumes, dairy products, and too much fiber.
  • Avoid any foods that you have an allergy to such as gluten.
  • Avoid eating too much food too quickly.
  • Don’t swallow air when you talk.

 

How can I treat bloating?

  • Treat yourself to a tummy massage. Lie down and rub in a circular clockwise motion.
  • Get some exercise to help relieve the feeling of being bloated.
  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to flush things out of the body, including extra sodium which can cause bloating.
  • Dandelion tea can help with bloating as it’s a natural diuretic.
  • Magnesium also helps with bloating. It reduces fluid retention and quickly return your stomach to its normal size.
  • Eat probiotics like those found in live culture yogurt.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough potassium as this mineral helps to regulate the amount of fluid in the body.
  • Reduce your salt intake. Salt helps you retain water.
  • Cut back on the carbs.
  • Use a heating pad or warm compress to loosen gas build up.
  • Try drinking mint or chamomile tea to relieve gas pressure and bloating.
  • Garlic helps to stimulate the digestive system and get it moving which relieves gas and bloating.
  • Keep a journal of how often you have problems as frequent problems may be a sign of a serious issue like IBS.
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