Bloating is a common digestive symptom that can cause discomfort and a feeling of fullness in your stomach. There are many possible causes of bloating, such as eating too fast, swallowing air, eating gas-producing foods, or having a food intolerance. Sometimes, bloating can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so it’s important to consult your doctor if you have chronic or severe bloating.
Soda is a carbonated drink that contains bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. When you drink soda, you swallow some of this gas, which can accumulate in your stomach and intestines. This can make you feel more bloated and increase the pressure in your gut. Therefore, drinking soda may not be a good idea if you are already feeling bloated.
Natural Home Remedies to reduce bloating
Some natural home remedies that may help you get rid of bloating quickly are:
Go for a walk. Physical activity can help move the gas and stool along your digestive tract and relieve the pressure and pain
Try yoga poses. Some yoga poses, such as Child’s Pose, Happy Baby Pose, and squats, can position your abdominal muscles in a way that encourages the release of excess gas.
Use peppermint capsules. Peppermint oil capsules may help relax your intestinal muscles and allow the gas to pass more easily. However, if you have heartburn, you may want to avoid peppermint.
Eat ginger. Ginger is a traditional remedy for digestive problems, including bloating. It may help stimulate the digestion and expel the gas. You can drink ginger tea.
Drink plenty of water. Water can help flush out the excess salt and fluid that may be causing bloating. It can also prevent constipation and keep your bowels moving.
Avoid fizzy drinks and chewing gum. These can introduce more air into your stomach and make bloating worse. Instead, sip on water or herbal teas.
Eat probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help balance your gut microbiome and improve your digestion. You can find them in foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, or supplements.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, which can help prevent constipation and bloating. However, some fruits and vegetables may also contain FODMAPs, which are fermentable carbohydrates that can cause gas and bloating in some people. If you have a sensitivity to FODMAPs, you may want to avoid foods like apples, pears, onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, and beans.
Add ginger to your diet. Ginger is a spice that has anti-inflammatory and carminative properties, which means it can help soothe the stomach and expel gas.
Avoid too much salt and sugar. Salt and sugar can cause water retention and bloating in your body.
These are some of the natural home remedies that may help you reduce bloating.
However, if you have chronic or severe bloating that does not improve with these tips, you may want to see a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions
There are other ways to prevent or reduce bloating, such as:
Eating slowly and chewing your food well
Avoiding foods that trigger bloating, such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, dairy products, sugar alcohols, and FODMAPs
Drinking enough water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine
Taking probiotics or digestive enzymes to improve your gut health
Exercising regularly and gently massaging your abdomen
Reducing stress and practicing relaxation techniques
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456