Bloating is a common symptom that can be caused by eating certain foods, drinking too much alcohol or coffee, overeating, stress, and more.
This can make you feel uncomfortable and cause pain in your abdomen area.
In this blog post, we will explore some home remedies for you to help get rid of bloating and reduce it in 5 minutes.
The following 5 tips will help you get rid of bloating and feel good about yourself. Be sure to implement these steps as soon as possible so that you can enjoy your day
- Drink more water
- Cut back on salt
- Exercise regularly
- Consume probiotics for healthy digestion and a happy gut microbiome (or take an over-the-counter digestive enzyme)
- Eat foods like cabbage which are natural diuretics
If you’re not feeling great after trying these five simple things then I recommend talking to your doctor or dietitian who might be able to guide additional remedies such as elimination diets or food intolerance testing.
Other methods for reducing bloating
Some of the other most effective ways to get rid of bloating are:
- chewing gum
- taking deep breaths from your diaphragm (belly)
- drinking water with lemon juice squeezed into it
- exercise such as walking or yoga poses like downward-facing dog (or other exercises that allow you to put your head below your heart)
If you do take any medication for bloating try these natural remedies first before using them.
1. Chew Gum
Chewing gum can increase saliva production which in turn creates a barrier between acid and the esophagus area by neutralizing it.
Also when you chew gum the movement stimulates contractions in the stomach so this will help speed up digestion and decrease bloat from food that hasn’t been digested fully yet (which causes bloating and discomfort).
2. Bowel Movement Can Help
When we eat certain foods our body’s waste can become backed up which causes constipation, bloating, and discomfort.
Getting your body moving by having a bowel movement can help this along.
If you are not having at least one bowel movement per day then try adding fibre into your diet to get things moving again. You can take Metamucil or drink prune juice as some examples.
3. Diaphragmatic Breathing
Deep breathing helps strengthen the diaphragm and relaxes the muscles between and around the ribs which will decrease tension on the stomach area helping relieve bloating and discomfort caused by gas/air in the stomach area (also known as flatulence).
4. Drink Water With Squeezed Lemon In It
Drinking water with squeezed lemon in it will help reduce the gas in your stomach which is a cause of bloating.
Lemons also have antiseptic properties so this drink can also help with digestion and cleaning out your digestive system from toxins stemming from food that has been sitting too long.
5. Warm Compress On Stomach
Applying a warm compress to the lower part of your stomach (above the belly button) for 5 minutes or so can help with reducing bloat because it relaxes tight muscles, stimulates blood flow, and gives you a sense of immediate relief.
6. Get A Massage
Getting a massage can stimulate pressure points on your body such as between/around your ribs. Stimulating these pressure points helps with blood flow and relieves tension in the stomach area.
– Try not to wear tight clothing, especially around the waist/stomach area. This will make it harder for your body’s waste to leave which can cause bloating and discomfort. Wearing baggy clothes has been scientifically proven to help ease bloating.
– Don’t eat big meals all at once if you are prone to bloat because this just pushes food through the stomach faster while also putting excess stress on your stomach muscles (which causes them to tense up) plus bloating from gas will be more likely if there is too much food in your stomach.
– Don’t eat too fast because this will cause you to swallow more air and gas which can lead to bloating and discomfort. Chewing more, taking smaller bites, and slowing down while eating is the best way to prevent swallowing excess air/gas.
– Try not to drink too much alcohol or caffeine because these both relax your digestive system which creates an imbalance in digestion by allowing what hasn’t been fully digested yet (and what still needs to exit) to sit in the stomach area and ferment creating gas and bloating.
7. Yoga Poses
The downward-facing dog position stretches out your lower back, hips, and calf muscles while also calming your mind from stressful thoughts by making it harder to focus on anything else but what you are working to accomplish.
To do this pose stretch out your legs and press your palms firmly into the ground with feet flat against the floor, push yourself back so there is a straight line created from your heels to your head while breathing deeply.
Bloating is a common condition that many people experience. The most common cause of bloating is overeating, but other causes include certain food sensitivities (such as lactose intolerance), stress, and hormonal changes.
Bloating can be frustrating and uncomfortable. You may find yourself feeling like you are wearing a life jacket, or that your pants are too tight.
Some people have found relief with natural remedies such as peppermint oil capsules, but it’s important to remember that bloating is often caused by an underlying issue- so it’s best not to just mask the symptoms without addressing the problem.
Hopefully, we have provided a few working solutions here that can help you ease your bloating quickly and pain-free.
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