Belly bloating is among the most prevalent problem which affects millions of people. About 30 to 40% people experience bloating across the world. Bloating is a digestive problem in which a person feels a sense of fullness or tightness in the stomach because of gas in the intestines. Belly bloating is an uncomfortable condition and can make a person restless or can result in sleepless nights. The person appears to be much fatter compared to normal. Belly bloating is caused by many reasons such as wrong diet, irritable bowel syndrome, swallowing air and stomach diseases. Many anti-bloat and bloating preventative medicines are available in the market to decrease bloating but herbal remedies are the best as they have no side effects. Read on the article to know the herbal remedies to stop belly bloat.
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Symptoms of Stomach Bloating
- Aching Stomach
- Lower Back Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Distended abdomen/Stomach Distention
- Fullness or ‘tightness’ in the stomach
Herbal Remedies to Stop Belly Bloat
Ginger and Cumin seeds
Make a paste of small piece of ginger, 1 tsp cumin seeds and pinch of salt by adding some water. Consume this paste and then, drink 1 glass warm water. This paste will help to clear the bloating immediately without any side effects.
Peppermint tea has many benefits for health and digestion. It calms down the muscles of the body and lets the body to get rid of digestive gas which causes bloating. It also soothes irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, fights against flatulence, colds and skin irritation, relieve heartburn and improve digestion. To make peppermint tea, you can use peppermint tea bags or just boil 1 tsp dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink it. Drink the tea for 4 to 5 times a day.
Bay leaf is among the simple remedies for stomach bloating. Boil 1 cup of water with 1 bay leaf for 5 mins and consume the whole cup in 1 setting. Drink the mixture as hot as you can consume. Bay leaf and hot water both eliminate gas. Be sure after drinking the mixture you don’t sleep for at least an hour because the gas will come out faster in an upright position.
Clove oil is one of the very useful remedy for bloated stomach. Just mix few drops of clove oil in 1 glass of water and consume it every morning. Clove calms down the digestive tract lining and relieves the pain.
Asafetida eliminates the stomach gas faster. There are many ways to use it. Just add a pinch of asafetida in 1 glass of water and consume it or combine asafetida, black salt, dried ginger powder and cardamom powder in same amount & store in a jar. Consume ½ tsp of mixture to treat stomach bloating.
From ancient period, chamomile tea has been used to treat many diseases, mainly stomach problems. Chamomile tea helps to dissipate gas which leads to stomach bloating. It is also a good remedy for heartburn, ulcers and hyperacidity. Use fresh chamomile or chamomile tea bag to make chamomile tea. It relaxes the body and calms gastrointestinal issues. Drink 2 cups of tea daily (in the morning and just before going to bed).
Like chamomile, cinnamon is also used to treat many diseases. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties. Just drink a glass of water mixed with some ground cinnamon and honey. Consume it every morning, to prevent stomach bloating. This will help to relax the digestive tract.
Lemon and Ginger
Lemon and ginger combination is one of the best remedies to treat stomach bloating. Soak thin slices of ginger in lemon juice for about 1 hour. After 1 hour, consume 1 or 2 ginger slices to get relief for bloated feeling. Store the remaining soaked ginger slices in refrigerator and use it when required.
Bergamot can be used in 2 ways to treat bloated stomach. You can use it as a tea or just rub oil on the stomach. You can make tea by boiling bergamot in a cup of boiling water. This tea makes you feel less bloated by preventing spasms and relaxing the stomach. Or just rub few drops bergamot essential oil directly on the stomach. The oil helps you to get relief from stomach discomfort.
If you want to get best benefit then consume ginger tea. To make ginger tea, just chop peeled ginger in pieces and put in a tea cup. Now pour boiling water in the cup and cover it. After 10 mins remove the plate and take out the ginger pieces with a spoon. Consume the tea immediately.
Fennel tea is very effectual remedy to overcome excessive gas formation and bloating. Drinking a cup of fennel tea gives soothing relief from stomach bloating. To make tea, boil 1Tbsp fennel with 1 cup water. You can consume this tea several times in a day.
Tips to Minimize Stomach Bloating
- Avoid consuming fatty, fried and cabbage family foods.
- Control your food habits and eat slowly.
- Decrease the consumption of carbohydrates.
- To get rid of bloating, drink a carbonated beverage.
- Consume fruits or vegetables that contain high amount of fiber.
- Limit the intake of buffalo’s milk and wheat products.
- Take a wet towel and wear it around the stomach. Then lie to one side.
- You can consume the mixture of 1 tsp baking soda and a glass of water.
- Avoid taking heavy meals late at night because it will increase the acid buildup.
- Consume lots of water as it flushes out the system and removes the waste faster.
- Limit sugar and salt intake as high amount of them in the form of processed foods causes stomach bloating.
- Limit the use of antibiotics as they destroy the harmless bacteria which help in the digestion of food.
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