Bloating or abdominal distension occurs when you feel full and tight, and experience great stomach discomfort. Excessive formation of gas and consequent distension is the main cause. However there are a host of other factors that can result in bloating feeling, which include hormonal imbalances and excessive intake of salty foods.
Reasons For Feeling Bloated
The following are the commonest causes for bloating:
- Wrong eating habits. Consume food that is high in fats and proteins can result in bloating or gaseous distention. Consuming fermented foods also increases the risk of feeling bloated.
- Too much gap between 2 meals can result in bloating. Under normal conditions, the stomach produces gastric acids which are meant to digest the food. However, when there is too much gap between two meals, the acid is not neutralized by food, which in turn cases gaseous distention.
- Consuming excessive amounts of pulses, legumes and fermented foods
- Hormonal changes observed especially during menstrual cycles or in menopausal women is also a common cause of bloating. Men may also experience bloating, especially at the onset of andropause.
How To Get Rid Of Feeling Bloated?
Here are some simple tips that can help get rid of bloating sensation,
- Fiber: consume foods that are loaded with fiber, like, oats, whole wheat, barley, fresh fruits, vegetables, especially, tomatoes, carrots, beet, peas, etc, raisins, figs, prunes and apricots. They keep the bowel functioning appropriately and fight gaseous distension.
- Fluids: you must drink at least 10 glasses of water per day. Additionally, have soups, juice and watery foods like watermelon, oranges, limes, etc. Fluids improve gastric mobility and reduce the production of gases.
- Cut down your intake of: pulses, legumes, beans, cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and fermented foods. They are difficult to digest and produce lots of gas.
- After every meal chew on a handful of fennel seeds and caraway seeds they are the best carminative agents, i.e., they expel gas and alleviate bloating and stomach discomfort.
- Also, start your day with a glass of herbal tea. Ginger, mint and lemon grass are recommended. They pep up the functioning of the GI tract, regularize the bowel movement and get rid of gas successfully.
- Always, chew food with your mouth closed. If you keep your mouth open while eating, you swallow excessive amounts of air, thus, aggravating the condition.
- Local application of asefotida on the abdomen is considered to relive excessively accumulated gas in the intestine. Apply the paste of asefotida and water on the abdomen and leave it on for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
- Don’t have heavy meals. Eat small quantity of food at frequent intervals. Don’t over stuff yourself.
- Limit the intake of salt in your diet, especially among individuals who suffer from bloating due to hormonal changes.
- Certain homeopathic drugs are considered to be beneficial in the management of excessive bloating. Carbo Veg and Lycopodium are considered to improve digestive abilities and reduce the production of gas.