Most of us have felt that irritating bloating-feeling at some point or another.
Some get bloated more than others, which can be rather painful not to mention disturbing to your every day routine.
Bloating occurs when gas builds up in the stomach and intestines, making your stomach swell and feel uncomfortably full.
Bloating can be caused by constipation, PMS, menopause, overeating, and irritable bowel syndrome from smoking and peptic ulcers.
Bloating, along with being uncomfortable, can make you feel like you look unattractive in some cases.
Furthermore, constant bloating can cause shortness of breath, cramps, belching and even lower back pain and diarrhoea.
Luckily, there are many remedies that you can try to relieve yourself from bloating.
In this article, I aim to share eight remedies that will definitely help you during those moments of bloating.
- Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are very effective in reducing abdominal pain such as bloating. This is due to their carminative, diuretic, pain reducing properties. Fennel seeds help reduce bloating by relaxing muscle spasms in the digestive tract.
- You can simply chew a teaspoon of fennel seeds.
- Add one teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds to one cup of warm water.
- Add one teaspoon of honey and let it steep for ten minutes.
- Strain it.
- Drink this tea two or three times a day.
Peppermint contains menthol oil, which has an anti-spasmodic effect on the smooth muscle of your digestive tract. This oil helps relieve spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, gall bladder and bile duct, thus aiding in the process of eliminating that horrible feeling of being bloated.
- You can chew a few fresh peppermint leaves for relief from bloating.
- Add fresh peppermint leaves to a cup of hot water.
- Add one teaspoon of honey or sugar.
- Let it steep for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
- Drink this once or twice a day.
Note: You can also buy peppermint tea bags from the supermarket or any organic food store.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is an effective way to reduce bloating and get relief from the pain. The herbal tea contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help to soothe the stomach due to swelling. These properties also help reduce heartburn too, which can add to bloating at times.
- Put two tablespoons of chamomile in a cup.
- Add boiling water and steep for about fifteen minutes.
- Strain the water.
- Add one tablespoon of honey or lemon juice if you prefer an additional flavour.
- Drink this tea two to three times a day, in between meals.
Note: You can also buy chamomile tea bags from the store.
Ginger works wonders for many health issues. For bloating, ginger is a superb food. It contains many active ingredients, including the pungent compounds gingerols and shagaols that aid in reducing inflammation in the intestines and relax the muscles which cause bloating in the first place.
- Eat one tablespoon of fresh grated ginger before meals.
- Place five to six thin slices of ginger in a cup.
- Add boiling water into the cup.
- Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or honey (optional)
- Let it steep for ten minutes before drinking it.
- Drink regularly three times a day (preferably before meals)
Note: you can also buy ginger tea teabags.
- Caraway Seeds
Another remedy for bloating is caraway seeds. Caraway seeds contain carminative properties which aid in the prevention of gas building up in the stomach. Also, caraway seeds have antimicrobial properties which eliminate bad bacteria that cause gas, preventing the good bacteria for thriving and providing the body with the proper digestion it needs.
- You can simply chew on a pinch of several caraway seeds daily.
- Crush two teaspoons of caraway seeds and put them in a cup.
- Add hot water and let it steep for about ten minutes before drinking it.
- Drink one cup a day to free yourself from bloating.
Did you know that dandelion tea aids with bloating? Dandelion tea is a natural diuretic and laxative that helps the digestive system.
- Put one teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves in a cup.
- Add boiling water and steep for a few minutes.
- Add a table spoon of lemon juice and a table spoon of honey.
- Drink regularly to avoid bloating.
- Anise Seeds
Anise seeds have antimicrobial and carminative properties which aid in getting rid of gases that build up in your intestinal tract. As they are an anti-spasmodic, anise seeds relax the muscles and allow a smoother digestion to take place.
- Eat a teaspoon of anise seeds daily. Make sure you chew them thoroughly.
- You can add anise seeds to your cooking. (You won’t even know they are there!)
Eating pumpkin regularly is a great way to reduce bloating. As pumpkin contains a fair amount of vitamin A, potassium and fibre; it aids with digestion. Adding just one cup of pumpkin to your meals can help create a smooth digestive flow and reduce gas. There are many ways you can eat pumpkin. You can steam it, boil it or even bake it with other vegetables. Moreover, you can make pumpkin soup, which is light and filling.
Say no to bloating by trying these eight great remedies!