Use these 8 home remedies to decrease stomach bloating Stacey Mattish Contributing Writer

Bloating, a tightness felt in your stomach because of gas in the intestine, can be caused by a number of different issues. The foods you eat, what you drink and how you drink it, medical issues, and changing body chemistry can all be at fault. Although knowing the cause of the problem is important, sometimes you also need a quick fix for the immediate bloat.
The good news is that you can find relief for the immediate problem and help prevent future bouts through some easy home remedies. Some of them will even add extra flavor to your food! What’s not to like about that? Check out the 8 ways you can combat the bloat at home.
1. Drinks. One of the best ways to control your bloating is to control what you drink. According to WebMD, your bloat may be caused by dehydration, so increasing your water intake can help. Eating cucumbers can also help as they’re a great source of water. Some drinks to avoid because they contribute to bloating are carbonated beverages and alcohol.
2. O-T-C remedies. For a quick fix when you’re in the midst of a bloated belly, WebMD recommends some simple, over-the-counter remedies. Activated charcoal can be taken after your meal if you notice you’re having trouble. Maalox and Mylanta can also be used.
3. Swallowing air. If you know you tend to have trouble, the Mayo Clinic recommends taking some precautions that will help you minimize the amount of air you swallow. Avoid sucking through a straw, sucking on candies or breath mints, chewing gum and eating your food fast.
Natural Remedies
1. Peppermint. The University of Maryland Medical Center shares a great home remedy that will help prevent bloating caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Taking enteric-coated peppermint capsules may help keep you from suffering from the bloating as often. You want to be sure you avoid having peppermint oil released in your stomach as this can make problems worse. If you suffer from GERD or heart burn, peppermint will actually make your problem worse, so don’t try it.
2. Ginger tea. A cup of ginger tea might help alleviate the discomfort of bloating according to Medical News Today. You can make it by putting 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ginger root in 1 cup of water. Let it boil for five minutes and then steep for 10 minutes. Strain the ginger out and then drink. You can sweeten it with honey if you need to.
3. Carminatives. Carminatives are spices and herbs that, according to WebMD, help calm your digestive tract and help you burp up any gas that may be causing you to bloat. Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg are all great carminatives. Garlic, lemon, sage, basil and thyme are also carminatives. These can be easily added to foods or dishes that tend to create gas so that they can be more easily digested and hopefully, with less trouble.
4. Bananas. Health says that if your bloating is caused by water retention from salt, eat bananas. The potassium in them helps your body regulate its sodium levels and reduces water retention. You can make a great smoothieby combining 1 banana, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 to 2 teaspoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
5. Yogurt. For foods that are difficult for your system to digest because it’s missing the proper bacteria, Health recommends probiotics. A great natural source is yogurt. You can get all kinds of flavors and use it as a substitute for sour cream or buttermilk.
Having both preventive measures and quick fixes in your anti-bloat arsenal will help you not have to suffer from uncomfortable bloating nearly as much. Thank goodness for information!

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