The zipper on your jeans suddenly won’t go up. Or your belt needs loosening. What’s the problem? Bloating. It’s one one of the most common complaints people have: everyone feels it at one time or another. It’s common and annoying but usually harmless and easily treatable. Below, we’ll show you some home remedies that nobody talks about. There are little-known secrets from around the world, some of which have been used effectively for centuries. Most of them are easily implementable using ingredients you have in your home already.
What is Bloating?
That swelling in your abdomen is excess gas in your intestines or excess retained fluid.
Symptoms of Bloating
- Your abdominal region will feel tight when you’re bloated because of the pressure. That’s because it actually IS pretty tight, stretched by the gasses expanding inside your intestines. Your abdomen and even stomach area will become distended- hence the jeans zipper problem so many of us are familiar with.
- Pain in the abdomen can sometimes accompany bloating. It’s a surprisingly sharp pain. Sometimes gas feels as if you might need your appendix out.
- Pain in your lower back.
- Difficulty breathing
Causes of Bloating
There are several simple causes of bloating, but the most common is something you ate. Here are some other causes of bloating, starting with another very common one:
- Menstrual cycle. Right before women menstruate, bloating occurs due to retaining fluids.
- Constipation. This is due to not enough fiber in the diet, or not drinking enough water.
- Carbonated drinks. If your digestive system is sensitive and prone to bloating, fizzy drinks will cause problems.
- Eating too fast. This makes you swallow air.
- Eating too much. The digestive system becomes overloaded and takes a long time to break down all the food, causing bloating.
- Too much salt. Just like women who retain fluids before menstruation, anyone can retain too much fluid due to eating too much salt.
- Food. Some foods are just known for causing gas. Everyone knows about beans! But there’s also cabbage, onions, cauliflower, etc.
Home Remedies for Bloating
Luckily there are lots of home remedies for bloating that work fast. Try one, try them all until you find your personal favorite.
1. Peppermint tea. Peppermint has long been known to settle the stomach but it also makes a good remedy for bloating.
2. Fennel seeds. Look for them in Indian restaurants- that’s why they’re there. Buy them in any grocery store-they’re a common cooking ingredient. They are a natural home remedy for bloating that really works.
3. Bananas. Potassium in bananas keeps your fluids in balance, preventing bloating.
4. Baking soda + lemon. This is a fizzy drink – add water when the fizzing stops, then drink.
5. Caraway seeds. These work like fennel seeds.
6. Clove oil. The clove oil relaxes the smooth muscle lining in the digestive tract, to relive bloating. Drink as tea and the bloating will go down.
7. Yoga. The inverted positions in yoga will make the gas in your intestines work itself out.
8. Scrub your floors. This works for the same reason as remedy #7, above!