Symptoms of Abdominal Bloating:
- Stomach area suddenly seems pumped up with wind.
- Feeling low in energy and lacking in any kind of social confidence
- Embarrassing odours
- Undigested food inside Stomach.
- Incorrect eating habits, erratic lifestyle. Gastric reflux disease and excessive use of antacids can also result in gaseous distension and flatulance
- Sedentary lifestyle with no exercise
- A long interval between 2 meals, eating very heavy and greasy meals, having late lunches and dinners
- Eating too much of fermented foods and legumes
- Smoking or consumption of tobacco products is also associated with gaseous distension
- Hormonal changes
- Poor sleep
Food doesn't get digested properly on its way down .so it refuses to move, rotting, fermenting and fizzing in your stomach, producing lots of nasty gases which threaten to fill you up till you pop!
Prevent stomach bloatingPreventing bloating in the first place is most definitely preferable to trying to make it go away once it's with you.
- One of the main reasons food isn't digested properly is because you don't give it enough of a chance right at the start of the process—when you put the food in your mouth.
- Bolting down food in large chunks without chewing it first is one surefire way to end up with bloating! By chewing food properly, you're giving it a head-start in breaking it down. Plus, your mouth releases saliva, which contains enzymes which start the process of digestion.
- Remember to take your time at mealtimes, chew your food properly and enjoy it.
Stop gulping air
- Lots of people swallow way too much air. It might be because they talk too much when eating (guilty!) or it might be down to poor breathing technique, among other things.
- Gulping lots of air, quite obviously, results in too much air in your digestive system. It has to go somewhere, it goes into your stomach, can't escape so it blows you up like a balloon.
Knock off the fluids
- Drinking lots of fluids while eating flushes your food down far too fast. This doesn't give your digestive system a proper chance to work its magic (or do anything much, in fact), resulting in all that undigested food just sitting there.
- Either just sip a drink during a meal or, ideally, don't drink anything a half hour before or after eating.
Bump up the fiber intake
- Eating plenty of fiber is always a good thing. It keeps your digestive system healthy and in good shape. It keeps your food moving along inside as it should, avoiding problems with constipation and the like.
- Eating plenty of fiber, surprise surprise, works wonders with eliminating bloating too. It keeps your internal system nice and regular, avoiding the problem of undigested food stubbornly making its home in your gut.
Don't eat gas-inducing food.
- Avoid Gas inducing food mainly because they contain indigestible sugars which cause us bloating problems.
- Try to avoid beans, cabbage, sprouts, broccoli and onions especially, and see if that has an effect on your bloating.
Chewing gum is evil.
- Chewing gum causes you to swallow too much air, which in itself can puff you up like a balloon.
- But also, the constant chewing stimulates your digestive system way too much, releasing lots of digestive enzymes you don't need. Sooner than you think, it's large stomach time again.
Watch out for some fruits.
- Certain fruits can cause gas more than others, especially for those of us with a sensitive digestive system especially Apples, peaches, pears... Try other fruit for a day or two and see how it goes.
- Many people are intolerant to the gluten in wheat, especially it seems people who eat a lot of it. If your body struggles to digest gluten it could be causing you major gut ache you don't need.
- Dairy products are another particular baddie in this regard. The lactose in milkdoesn't agree with a great many of us. Try milk alternatives such as soya milk for a while and note if it helps.
Try eating probiotic food or supplements.
- Often, our bodies have a hard time digesting food because there's an imbalance in the kind of bacteria in our stomachs.
- There are goodies and baddies living in your stomach, doing battle to preserve their territory and see off the invaders... your stomach needs the 'good' bacteria (often called 'flora') to digest properly. It can be diminished by many things (antibiotics are good at killing them off, for example).
- However, taking probiotic supplements can help put the good bacteria back in. Probiotics are specially grown cultures (often in live yoghurt form) which contain the good bacteria your stomach needs.
- Try a probiotic yoghurt, or see if you can get probiotic capsules or supplements from your local health food store.
Ginger is the most effective anti-flatulent remedy. Grate about 1 inch of the herb and boil well in some water. Add honey and have. You can also extract the juice of ginger and add honey and have it. Those who are prone to stomach upsets, have a hectic and an inconsistent lifestyle and do not exercise regular; must have 1 glass of ginger tea daily after meals. Ginger aids in digestion, breaks up gas and helps its expulsion.
Mint tea is another very effective home remedy for gaseous distension. Mint is a carminative and an anti-inflammatory herb. It soothes the gut lining, allays discomfort and pain and helps get rid of gas.
Fennel seed is another quick-fix. Chew on a spoonful of fennel seeds; fennel seed is the best carminative, i.e., the seeds can effectively and speedily drive out gas and lessen stomach discomfort. In fact, make sure you have 1 spoonful of the seeds after every meal.
Life style Modifications to treat Gassy Stomach
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can lead to irritation of the gastric mucosa, resulting in increased production of gastric acid. This in turn may lead to gassy stomach. Alochol also has a similar effect, espeically when consumed on empty stomach.
- Limit the intake to tea, soda drinks and coffee, espeically on an empty stomach. These drinks can irritate the gastric mucosa, resulting in increased production of gastric acids. As the intestinal juices attempt to neutralize these acids , bloating becomes inevitable.
- Simple excercises and yoga can be helpful in improving gastric functions. Yoga postures like Gawmukhasana (Cow Pose) and Pawanmukhtasana have been proven to be highly effective in management of gassy stomach in individuals prone to development of this condition.
- Drink 12 glasses of water everyday. In addition, have plenty of other liquids in the form of: juices, soups, herbal teas, and watery foods such as watermelon, limes, lemons, oranges, etc. limit your consumption of: legumes, beans, pulses, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and fermented foods.
- Avoid erratic dietary practices. Timely consumption of meals is essential to deal with this condition.
- Always begin your day with herbal tea. Mint, ginger and lemongrass are recommended. You may also add basil, sage, etc. Herbal tea promotes normal working of the gastro-intestinal system, regularizes the bowel movement and expels gas easily.