Gas and bloating are completely normal conditions that everyone will have at some point in their life. In fact, it’s quite natural to pass gas up to 20 times a day. It is most commonly the result of swallowing air while you’re eating. If you don’t burp this air up, it will pass into the digestive tract. Certain foods, drinks, medictions and supplements can also cause gas and bloating.
How can I tell if I have gas and bloating?
The feeling of being over full, sudden tightness in clothing especially with an oncoming menstrual period, and pain in the chest and abdomen are all signs of gas and bloating.
How can I prevent gas and bloating?
Though gas is normal after eating, it can be embarrasing. Follow these steps to avoid swallowing air and having to belch, burp or pass gas.
- Eat slowly.
- Avoid foods such as beans, broccoli, cabbage and bran as they can cause gas.
- Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
- Don’t talk while you chew.
- Avoid sudden changes in stomach temperature.
- Try to avoid constipation and laxatives.
- Bloating can be frustrating. Try these tips to help avoid it.
- Destress. Stress causes cortisol to build up in the body which can cause bloating.
- Don’t rush meals.
- Walk off meal related bloating with an easy 10 minute walk.
How can I treat gas and bloating?
- Enjoy peppermints, peppermint oil, and peppermint tea. It’s great for soothing stomachs. Add up to 4 mLs of peppermint oil to a glass of lukewarm water. Pregnant women should NOT use peppermint products.
- Turmeric protects the stomach reducing discomfort.
- Try fennel tea; it helps to reduce bloating and pain. But don’t drink it for more than 14 continuous days.
- Chamomile not only helps you sleep better, it can relieve colic in infants and help to reduce gas and bloating in adults.
- Enjoy potassium rich foods like bananas. Potassium helps to regulate fluid in the body keeping bloating at bay.
- Eat asparagus, it has asparagine which will help to flush extra fluids out of your body.
- Stay away from carbs at night. They can cause you to retain water.
- Carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners can cause gas, diarrhea and bloating. Avoid them as often as possible.
- If your body tends to bloat during PMS make sure you get both calcium and magnesium in your diet as they help to relieve many symptoms including bloat.
- Massage your stomach. Move your fingers in a circular motion starting from your right hip, up towards your ribs and down across your colon.
- If you have IBS eat probiotics. They help to decrease abdominal pain, constipation, bloating and diarrhea.
- Exercise. Walking helps to get the digestive tract moving and helps relieve gas and decrease bloating.