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How to Relieve Bloating Fast

Many of us suffer from bloating on occasion. It can be very uncomfortable, so it is a good idea to consider the possible or potential causes, and how you can get rid of the annoying condition.

What Causes Bloating?

  • Bloating is often due to the build-up of intestinal gas. We all have bacteria in our intestines, and it will always produce some gas. Too much gas can lead to bloating and excessive flatulence.
  • Overeating is the other main cause of bloating. Eat small meals regularly. Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast and lunch and then eat a huge meal in the evening.
  • Fizzy drinks are another common cause of bloating. Excess gas ends up in the stomach.
  • Swallowing too much air can cause bloating. Don’t talk and eat at the same time. Eat your food slowly, as wolfing it down encourages wind. Chewing gum a lot can also lead to you swallowing too much air.
  • Bloating is sometimes due to constipation, in which case a laxative may help.
  • Women can suffer from increased bloating during the menopause.
  • Food allergies or intolerance can lead to bloating. If you suspect a particular food is a problem, try eliminating it from your diet. Beans, onions, cabbages, dairy products, and wheat products are likely culprits. Take out one suspect food at a time; see if your symptoms disappear.
  • Various other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause bloating. If you suspect you have IBS, consult a qualified physician to get the diagnosis confirmed and a treatment plan put in place.

What Should You Take for Gas and Bloating?

There are many effective natural remedies for bloating problems, so there is likely to be one that works for you. If symptoms persist, consult a qualified doctor, since long-term bloating is occasionally a sign of a much more serious condition. The following table provides some useful natural home remedies for bloating.

Home Remedies for Bloating

Home Remedy
Instruction
Note
Activated charcoal
Take after a meal.
Avoid use if you are taking any medication.
Fennel seeds
Chew some fennel seeds after a meal or if you feel bloated.
Avoid use if you are a pregnant woman.
Ginger root
Eat some finely grated ginger roots with a meal, or drink a cup of warm ginger tea after a meal.
Avoid eating ginger cookies or crystallized ginger.
Aniseeds
Eat some aniseeds after a meal.
Avoid use if you have high blood pressure (hypertension).
Peppermint
Drink one or two cups of peppermint tea a day. Capsules are also commercially available.
Not recommended for those with acid reflux or heartburn.
Chamomile
Drink a cup of chamomile tea after a meal.
Avoid use if you are allergic to ragweed family.
Caraway
Take some caraway seeds or drink a cup of caraway tea after a meal.
Avoid use if you are allergic to Apiaceae/Carrot and Compositae family.
NOTE: If symptoms still persist after treatment (both medical and natural) , consult your doctor, since long term bloating is occasionally a sign of a much more serious health condition. Always consult with your doctor before taking any treatment.