You are probably aware of that feeling when your pants may seem a little tight, you may feel heaviness in your stomach, there can be some amount of puffiness, and yes, it means you are bloated. And let’s not deny that it has never happened, in fact everyone has undergone through this in some point of their life.
Bloating, gas, flatulence is generally related to your eating habits.
Some of the common causes of bloating are:
- Eating oily and fatty food
- Eating very fast
How to keep bloating at bay?
- Eat small frequent meals
- Limit the intake of fats in your diet. Fats take a longer time to digest than the proteins or carbohydrates, and hence it keeps the stomach full for a long time leading to discomfort
- Eat slowly. Eating slowly can also prevent overeating
- Quit smoking
Smoking has been related with bloating, heartburn and many digestive problems
How to reduce gas?
Gas is the second most common cause of bloating. Around half of the gas which is there in our digestive system, is the air we swallow. Rest half is produced by the bacteria in the gut which helps for digestion.
Sometimes if your gut does not this gas over efficiently, it builds up in the intestines, thereby causes bloating.
Certain things that you can do to avoid swallowing gas in excess are:
- Do not drink with straw
- Avoid carbonated drinks
- Avoid chewing gum
Some people tend to swallow more air when they are afraid or irritable. For this, one must avoid stress. You can try yoga, meditation and some muscle relaxation techniques. This will help in reducing the bloating and gas.
There are certain food items that are difficult to digest, and cause bloating. Avoid or limit the intake of these food items
- Lentils and beans
- Dairy products
- Artificial sweeteners
- Whole grains
Temporary bloating is common problem and nothing to worry about. But if you’re troubled by bloating on a regular basis, talk to your doctor.
Most of the times, bloating is rarely a symptom of serious problem. For most people, the most effective treatment for bloating is simple: to eat small meals, go easy on fats, and eat slowly enough to give your body time to signal when you’ve had enough. These remedies should keep you from feeling overstuffed, heaviness and bloating.
You can also try herbal treatment for bloated stomach relief.
Bloating can be easily managed with some plant based natural alternatives.
A few natural ingredients available in your kitchen may help you get rid of this condition. Try some natural ingredients like:
- Shah-jeera (caraway seeds)
- Haldi (turmeric)
- Dalchini (cinnamon)
- Hing (asafoetida)
- Ajwain (ajowan caraway)
You can also try OJUS Syrup – The complete digestive aid. Formulated by Charak Pharma, is a combination of time tested herbs useful for bloating and digestion. It contains a mixture of natural herbs such as Draksha, Shatavari, Kali, Ashwagandha, Amalaki, Haritaki, Jeeraka, Shunthi, Ajmoda, Marich etc. These herbs help in digestion and relieves dyspepsia through its effect on secretion of digestive enzymes, motility of GI tract. OJUS Syrup, therefore, reduces the bloating and improves digestion.