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Life is unfair. Bloating seems to affect women more than men, and nobody knows what
really causes it. A large meal can make yourbelly bloatand look bigger than normal,
but did you know that stomach bloating can also occur for a variety of reasons? And,
what can you do if you feel bloated?
Possible Causes of Abdominal Bloating and Home Remedies to Stop Bloating
Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
Stomach bloating should normally disappear or greatly improve once your menstruation
However, you can take supplements containing the B-complex vitamins as well as magnesium
and calcium to reduce bloating. For instant relief of bloating, take an over-the-counter
gas remedy such as Gas X or Phazyme, which contain simethicone.
You can also try Charcoal Plus, which contains activated charcoal. Both compounds
break up gas bubbles fast.
If you want to reduce bloating, try a pill (such as Yasmin or Yaz) with drospirenone,
a progestin shown to help prevent water retention.
What you eat may result in abdominal bloating. If you love anything with cream or
milk (think heavy cream, ice cream, cream cheese omelet, etc), beans (all types),
Brussels sprouts, onions, celery and carrots, watch out. These foods may be the worst
offenders in causing gas.
Other gas-producing foods include raisins, apricots, prune juice, wheat-based products
(such as breads containing rye, or barley), and fizzy drinks.
Carbonated drinks such as soda pop and spritzers contribute to bloating because the
carbon dioxide trapped in the bubbles creates gas, making your tummy bloat.
One way to help you stop belly bloating is to record down what you eat in a food
journal. That way, you can identify the foods that cause stomach bloating and cut
back or avoid those foods.
Alcohol, coffee, tea and chocolate can also over stimulate your digestive tract and
may cause gas to build up, resulting in bloatedness.
In addition, fatty foods can delay stomach emptying and contribute to bloating as
For immediate relief of stomach bloating, herbal teas such as chamomile tea, ginger
tea, and peppermint tea are extremely helpful. They improve digestion naturally without
Even a small amount of excess sodium in your diet can cause your stomach to balloon
up, make you feel uncomfortably tight in your clothes. So make sure to reduce salt
intake, and that include easing on junk and processed foods such as chips, deli meats,
canned soups, and sauces.
If you think drinking too much water bloats you, think again. In fact, drinking more
water (the recommended 8-10 glasses daily) can help to flush excess sodium out of
your body, and reduce stomach bloating.
The gum itself does not have anything that are associated with bloating but when
you chew, you're swallowing air that goes right into your belly, which encourages
Sugarless gum or candies can make bloating even worse because certain artificial
sweeteners, such as sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, xylitol and other sugar alcohols,
can increase bloating.
If you do’t find relief from natural home remedies, and still experience severe or
chronic bloating for no apparent reason, seek medical attention. Persistent bloating
with pain could indicate serious digestive disorders, such as obstructions in the
bowel or kidney, diverticulitis, appendicitis, gallstones, ulcers or a tumor.