While stomach bloating is a fairly common problem that most people have suffered from at one time or another, it does not make it any easier or more comfortable for the person suffering from it. Be it due to something a person has eaten, hormonal changes or any other possible factors.
Not only is stomach bloating disagreeable, but in some instances it can be embarrassing as well. Some women can get so bloated they can even be mistaken for being pregnant.
Luckily there are a few home remedies for bloating that you can use to help relieve the problem.
Possible Symptoms/Causes of Stomach Bloating,
* Eating certain foods such as broccoli, cabbage, beans or bran
* Lactose Intolerance – Inability to digest dairy products
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Ovarian Cysts
* Eating a meal too quickly (can cause you to swallow air along with your food)
* Drinking Carbonated Drinks
* Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
* Drinking through a straw
* Allergy to Certain Foods
* Ill Fitting dentures
Home Remedies for Stomach Bloating
* Drink Hot Tea
Actually drinking any tea can help relieve bloating but Chamomile seems to be one of the most effective. You can also try Ginger, Peppermint or fennel tea which work very well.
* Mix Baking Soda with Water
While this is not the most tasty home remedy, it is an effective one. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink down. Works quickly if bloating is due to excess gas.
* Try Bay Leaf
If you would like to try an old fashioned home remedy, try using a bay leaf. Fill a large coffee cup with boiling water and add one bay leaf. Let steep for 5 minutes and then drink it as hot as you can stand it and as quickly as you can. Both the bay leaf and the hot water will help to eliminate gas.
* Drink a Carbonated Beverage
While in some cases drinking a carbonated beverage can bring about gas and bloating, at other times it can also help you relieve it. Drinking a carbonated beverage such as root beer or 7 up can often help a person to belch, naturally getting rid of pent up gas.
* Try an Over The Counter Gas Remedy
There are a bunch of over the counter gas remedies you can purchase at your local drugstore that can help reduce bloating and gas. Some of the more commonly used and most effective are Gas X, Di-Gel, Mylanta Gas, Maalox, Alka-Seltzer or Beano.
* Take Charcoal
Another very popular home remedy is Charcoal. You can purchase charcoal in the form of Charcocaps over the counter and it is a handy item to keep around the house. Take 1 to 4 pills (according to directions on the bottle) when experiencing bloating due to excess gas. This also helps to sooth upset stomachs.
* Take a walk
Quite often physical activity can help eliminate the extra gas that is causing bloating. A simple 15 minute walk can help relieve discomfort.
* Try a Lactose Intolerance Aid
If you believe your bloating is due to consuming dairy products, try an over the counter product such as Lactaid which can help your body digest dairy foods and eliminate gas and bloating. If you are known to be lactose intolerant, it is a good idea to always carry one or two of these pills or chewable tablets around with you and take immediately before eating any foods containing dairy.
* Try an over the counter PSM medication
If your bloating is due to PMS symptoms, there are over the counter products such as Midol or Pamprin that can help relieve bloating symptoms.
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*While this site is dedicated to Home Remedies, there might be a rare occasion where you might need a little help from an outside source. The following are some other products or procedures that you can try if your situation is a little more severe and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick.