How To Get Rid Of Bloating Fast
Feeling full and a little tight around the abdomen? If so you may be experiencing an episode of bloating. There are many causes, direct or indirect that lead to a distended stomach, knowing which one was the culprit is key in quickly normalizing "the situation". Before we begin, take a minute to mentally jot down any allergies, medical problems and dietary habits you have. It will make self-diagnosis quite a breeze. Having said that, please remember that this article was not written by a doctor, and I'm certainly not going to double as one!
In this article I will help viewers narrow the causes of their bloating and suggest a few, easy ways to calm the intestinal storm. Happily, most cases of bloating are relatively harmless (but not always) although they may indicate there some lifestyle or dietary changes need to be made. We'll discuss those too, briefly and concisely!
About Stomach Pain
While pain does occur, it can be confusing. Cramps can appear and change location seemingly at random. Due to the rapid changes in location, when pains begin affecting the chest are they are often mistaken for heart pains.
Bloating Symptoms And Causes
Symptoms of bloating aren't, as you'd be willing to testify about, particular pleasant.
- Full stomach - You may feel unreasonably full for an unusual period of time.
- Pain - A distended stomach can lead to some pain, but rarely does. If it does happen it may be excruciating due to cramping (see right text capsule for more information).
- Burping - A signal that the body is attempting to release gas.
If you are experiencing a number of these at the same time, chances are you fit the bloating bill. The most important part in fixing the problem will be in identifying the cause. Here are a number of popular reasons that may have triggered the onset.
- Overeating - The most common cause of bloating.
- Ascites (fluid retention) - Can be an emergency scenario if the swelling is caused by peritoneal blood or fluids. Click on this link to learn more about additional symptoms and causes.
- Irritable bowel syndrome - If your case of bloating has lasted awhile, you may want to learn more about IBS.
- Food allergies and intolerance.
- Aerophagia - Simply put, breathing too much air. Hyperventilation due to stress can causes bloating.
- Coeliac disease - An autoimmune disorder of the small intestine.
- Sulfur-rich foods - I don't think I need to elaborate further!
- Intestinal blockage.
- Dehydration .
Older readers (ideally, everyone) should be wary of any persistent form of bloating as it could signal the onset of other, slightly more serious situations such as an Ovarian cyst or organ disease.
When To Seek A Doctor
Persistent bloating (nothing seems to work) should be treated with caution. Other warning signs are:
- Rapid weight loss.
- Prolonged constipation.
Getting Rid Of Bloating Naturally
The speed at which you get rid of bloating will largely depend on your diagnosis. In order to relieve symptoms in the short-term try some ginger tea. A cup after meals will help you digest and help you to re-hydrate naturally. Before each meal you could try drinking some lemon juice (add freshly pressed juice into water). Many herbal teas (blackberry and chamomile) are notorious for their ability to "de-bloat" effectively. Perhaps the most common anti-bloat solution is activated charcoal in tablet form.
If your bout of bloating stemmed from overeating or an unbalanced diet, prevention will involve the following steps:
- Avoid skipping meals.
- Increase your fiber intake (breakfast cereal is a good source).
- Eat at regular intervals.
- Make a point of slowing down the rate at which you eat. Digestion begins in the mouth and not in the stomach. Rapidly ingesting food is the quickest route to indigestion and bloating.
- Exercising will stimulate digestion.
- Give your body a chance to digest properly before engaging in physical activities or other strenuous exercises.
- Drink plenty of water (unless you have chronic kidney problems drinking more water will flush out excess fluid).
Other things to avoid if possible are smoking, coffee, stress, artificial sweeteners, too much sodium (leads to fluid retention) and fizzy drinks (gas pileup).
If homemade remedies fail to work, and bloating persists, and save a more serious diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe antacids as an effective cure for bloating. However, keeping the bloat off is entirely in your hands! I hope I have been of some use in providing some easily "digested" information, and wish you the best!
For any concerns, criticisms and suggestions, please use the comment section below to inform me and I'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible!
All the best.