Last week the jeans fit fine. Now you got that bloated feeling going on. Why does this keep happening and how can I get rid of my bloated belly?
If you’re experiencing some bloating, it can be difficult to live your life and feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s also a common issue that many people have no idea how to treat. They just go on and act like it’s normal.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are some simple natural remedies for bloating that will help you get back on track to feeling like yourself again. These natural remedies will rid the body of excess gas production and reduce uncomfortable bloating to aid digestion. The best part is that they’re all really easy to use at home!
Let’s get started!
what is bloating?
According to Healthline,
bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is filled with air or gas
If you have a bloated stomach, it is an unpleasant feeling. And most people experience repeatedly throughout their life. It’s completely normal. Gas can build up in the digestive tract causing abdominal bloating, and there are many reasons why! As long as you’re not experiencing any stomach pain with your bloating, there should be no cause for concern because this symptom usually lasts less than a day or two before subsiding on its own without outside treatment needed!
However, I will be going over some holistic and natural home remedies to reduce bloating.
what are some common causes of bloating?
Gas and bloating usually go hand in hand! Bloating can be caused by a buildup of gas in the stomach or digestive tract. When this happens, it is usually not harmful and causes mild discomfort only. Some instances may cause more severe symptoms like cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea but these are less common than simple bloating that has no other symptoms associated with it at all.
Gas builds up in the stomach
- when you swallow air while eating and drinking
- when eating greasy foods
- consuming too much of some vitamins
Undigested food, specifically undigested raw vegetables, will also cause gas and bloating. Seeing a little undigested food in your stool is completely normal, so do not worry! You may just experience a little more gas and bloating since these particles travel back to the colon and are fermented by the gut bacteria.
In my family, my uncle is the slowest eater. We have this ongoing inside joke that eats so slow to ensure proper digestion. The way he says it always cracks me up, but he’s actually on to something!
Indigestion is a common occurrence that can be caused by
- eating foods that don’t agree with you
- certain medications
- eating too fast (which my uncle likes to prevent)
Indigestion will typically subside in a few days and should not cause alarm. It should resolve on its own after a short period of time. If indigestion persists for more than two weeks consult your physician to rule out other conditions.
If you consistently feel bloated, you may have some unknown food intolerances. Some people have trouble digesting certain foods. You might not even know it! If you’re not sure what’s causing your bloating, gas and stomach cramps, take a look at the types of food that make it worse- this is one quick way to find out if its an intolerance or something else altogether!
- Lactose is the naturally occurring sugar found in dairy products. Many people are lactose intolerant, meaning they are unable to digest lactose.
- Spicy food intolerance
- Limiting certain carbohydrates
By simply noticing which type of food leads you towards these symptoms again can help prevent future occurrences by avoiding them entirely or only eating them occasionally without worry!
A Stomach Infection
You may wake up feeling bloated and a little different than your usual self. It could be followed by some gas and nausea. Don’t worry though – these stomach-related symptoms are typically common for mild infections that will usually resolve within days! In order to prevent dehydration during this process it is important to be drinking water as well so you can heal properly! If any or all of these issues persist past 5 days then be sure to contact your doctor immediately because there could be something more serious going on.
Disruption in the bacterial gut microbiome
Bacteria is often associated as being a bad thing, but it’s important to remember that the gut flora in your stomach and small intestine are “good” for you. Good bacteria is extremely important for digestion! When “bad” bacteria start to outnumber the “good,” an imbalance takes place in the intestines, which leads to trouble breaking down food and absorbing nutrients from within them. This can lead to bloating!
Constipation is the condition of having infrequent bowel movements. It can lead to a build up of stool in your rectum.
This “trapped stool” interacts with the bacteria in your gut to produce some excess gas, which then leads to bloating and discomfort.
Simple Natural Remedies for Bloating
caraway and fennel seed remedy
Caraway seeds are an ancient remedy for digestive discomfort. The caraway plant is a carminative herb, meaning it helps prevent gas in the GI tract.
Fennel seeds help to relax the muscles in your intestinal tract and remove gas quicker. They also reduce any inflammation in your gut.
If constipation is the cause of your bloating, try adding in some additional fiber in your diet. Fiber helps maintain regular bowel movements by absorbing water from stools which makes them softer and easier to pass through the intestines. Dietary fiber also helps promote feelings of fullness which reduces overeating between meals and snacks. For those who suffer from constipation or other chronic problems with their digestive system, add more more high-fiber foods in your diet.
- cruciferous vegetables
- leafy greens
- whole grains
- beans and legumes
Pre and Probiotics
There are many things you could try to help with gas and bloating, but one of the best ways is by taking probiotics or prebiotics. What exactly are these? They are both supplements that contain healthy bacteria and yeast which promote good digestion in your body. The goal is to balance the microorganisms in your gut so they have a healthy environment for themselves and for you too! Prebiotics feed good bacteria while probiotics introduce new strains into the mix so there’s more variety of good bacteria types floating around inside you!
natural diuretic foods
Some foods beat the bloat by flushing out extra fluid to reduce water retention.
- apple cider vinegar
- celery, oats, ginger
- cranberry juice
drink these natural remedies for bloating
- Water Drink at least 64 ounces a day. As a bonus, drink two cups half an hour before you eat to beat the bloat after your meal
- Peppermint tea Research has shown that peppermint aids digestion and helps to reduce bloating by soothing inflammation in the digestive tract
- Lemon water on an empty stomach can aid digestion
- Apple cider vinegar can also aid digestion