Bloating is a harmless, but nevertheless uncomfortable. It can lead to a visibly larger stomach and increased flatulence, which can be embarrassing for many sufferers. Some people are more susceptible than others, but bloating also depends on many external factors, such as foods consumed and lifestyle habits. Understandably, most sufferers want to find a solution for bloating, and many wish to know the most natural and safe way possible. This article lists a few of the herbal remedies for bloating that have proved helpful for many.
What Is Bloating?
Bloating is experienced in the abdomen as a feeling of tightness or fullness and sometimes a visibly bigger stomach can be seen. The two main causes are water retention and increased intestinal gas that cannot escape. In some people, it can be a constant process that happens slowly throughout the day, whereas for others, it can occur straight after eating. There are many causes of bloating, but certain eating habits will normally be the culprit.
Symptoms of Bloating
There are a few different symptoms associated with bloating, and not all of them will show up in all sufferers, but rather, frequency and intensity will differ for each individual. The main symptoms are:
- A feeling of fullness in the stomach
- A feeling of tightness in the abdominal area
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Increased flatulence
- Increased burping
Natural Remedies for Bloating
There are many different therapies that can help treat the symptoms associated with bloating, and the main natural remedies are:
Taking peppermint, whether in the form of tea, capsules, or a tincture, is one of the best remedies for bloating, as it relieves gas buildup and aids digestion. The herb calms stomach muscles and improves bile flow (the thing the body uses to digest fats). This means that food passes through the stomach more quickly than normal, and so it does not have time to sit in the body and release gas. Peppermint also relaxes the muscles that allow digestive gas to pass, and so gas buildup is reduced.
Similarly to peppermint, chamomile works as a remedy for bloating by aiding digestion. It relaxes intestinal muscles, so food is broken down quickly and effectively, naturally reducing a buildup of gas within the body.
This herb is another one that has a long history as a remedy for bloating, as it aids digestion and relieves gas buildup. Many people find that it is helpful to drink this as a tea before eating, and by doing this, they find that instances of bloating after the meal are reduced.
There are not many complete scientific studies that have properly researched herbal remedies for bloating, but the herbs mentioned above have been said to be helpful for huge numbers of bloating sufferers. Apart from in the case of personal allergies, these herbs are quite low-risk, so using them as remedies for bloating will not be harmful.
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