It’s happened to the best of us. Maybe you ate too much too fast or drank too much soda — whatever it is, bloating is sure to occur more than once in your lifetime.
When you get bloated, it means that there is excess gas or air in your stomach. It can cause stomach pain, abdominal gurgling, and frequent belching. Though it won’t exactly kill you, it can be pretty darn uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a couple of quick and/or long-term ways to get rid of this problem. Check it out!
It’s no secret that essential oils have tons of benefits. While some can provide stress relief and relaxation, others can ease digestive problems! Fennel and curcumin especially help with IBS (irritable bowl syndrome), which can reduce its symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain.
Gas relief capsules
They’re called simethicone pills and they work! These handy meds help to move excess air out of the digestive tract, providing almost instant gas relief for you and your tummy. They’re great because they work so fast and because you can bring it with you anywhere for emergency situations. You can purchase these at your local pharmacy.
Probiotics have commonly been used as aids for stomach health. They are basically good bacteria that live in the intestines. When you take probiotic supplements regularly, they can actually work to regulate the colon bacteria that can produce gas and cause bloating. These are also available in your local pharmacy or even your supermarket!
Warm water and baths
For a more natural way to feel relief, warm water and warm baths can do wonders. Drinking warm water (or even warm tea) helps to move your digestion process along and can also help soothe your bloated stomach. The same goes for warm baths. Soaking yourself in warm water can provide instant relief and relaxation for your abdomen, which can inadvertently allow your gastrointestinal tract to process foods more efficiently, meaning lessened bloat!
Surely the best way to prevent bloat is to improve your diet. That entails cutting out foods that commonly cause gas, like cabbage, artichoke, and cauliflower. Take special note to avoid carbonated and fizzy drinks like soda, as well as chewing gum. Many might not know, but chewing gum allows more air into your system as you chew, which can be a major cause of bloat.