If your stomach is swollen and tight, then you are suffering from a bloated condition which is most likely caused by intestinal gas and/or water retention. Nothing can kill a fun night out with friends more than a dress or slacks that can’t fit over a puffed up stomach that magically grew larger as the day turned into night.
This is usually a result of hormonal changes during PMS (if you’re a woman of course), overeating, constipation, swallowing air, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, some medications, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), and diet intolerances.
Now, if you continue to suffer from a bloated stomach on a regular basis after adopting the following powerful and natural remedies to reduce stomach bloating for at least one month, then I would advise you to consult your physician as something more serious could be causing the painful condition such as colon cancer, Crohn’s or celiac disease.
There are seven powerful and natural remedies to reduce stomach bloating:
- If you’re going to drink alcohol then I definitely do not recommend indulging to the point where you’re drunk. Instead, limit your consumption of liquor (especially beer) to only one social event each week (I prefer to drink a little on my cheat day) and consume an 8 oz. glass of water after every alcoholic beverage. Remember that heavy drinking is similar to having a large liquid based meal that’s high in carbohydrates and that won’t help to reduce stomach bloating.
- I would eliminate foods from your diet that are high in salt such as processed and packaged products, for at least 6 days out of the week as sodium (salt) will cause your body to retain water and stomach bloating.
- If you’ve been taking pharmaceutical products such as diuretics, stop if at all possible (consult with your physician first) as they will only serve to increase dehydration which will guarantee that your body is switched on to water retention mode where more H2O is stored in the cells and that definitely won’t help to reduce stomach bloating.
- Do you know that trapped air bubbles in your digestive tract can be released during a workout? As a result, the gas will pass through far quicker than if you remained sedentary and this can help to reduce stomach bloating.
- Don’t drink more than 1 cup of coffee daily since it’s a diuretic and once again this usually leads to the retention of water and stomach bloating. Personally, I would switch from drinking caffeinated, carbonated and sugary drinks to herbal teas, while also throwing the artificial sweeteners in the garbage.
- Drink at least 8 medium to large glasses of filtered water daily (even if you’re not thirsty) as increasing the amount of H2O in your body can stimulate your kidneys to let go of water and that should help to reduce stomach bloating.
- I’d encourage you to eat less white flour based foods, processed meats, trans fats and sugar filled beverages that could be causing your stomach bloating and to eat more lower acidic choices such as fruits and vegetables, low fat protein rich foods, dairy products, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats which can help to reduce stomach bloating.