Swollen or Bloated Stomach? Learn About 7 Possible Causes Here!

July 9, 2015
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A swollen or bloated stomach isn’t just an appearance problem. It’s also a health issue. We need to address it before it develops into a chronic disorder.

In this article, we’ll talk about the many reasons why you may experience abdominal bloating. We’ll also offer some natural remedies. They could help resolve it, so read on!

Seven Reasons for a Swollen or Bloated Stomach

1. Not Chewing Well Enough

We usually try to do things in a hurry. This is a common problem these days.

For example, many of us eat quickly while we’re at work, often standing or chatting. As a result, we don’t chew our food as well as we should. Consequently, digestion is much harder for our bodies. Ultimately, the outcome is often a swollen or bloated stomach, among other discomforts.

Chewing our food thoroughly has many advantages in addition to preventing a swollen or bloated stomach. For instance, we feel more satisfied. Equally important is that we end up eating less overall.

It’s important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth with saliva. This substance contains important digestive enzymes. The more we chew our food, the better our bodies process it.

2. Having Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites are a major health problem. Unfortunately, they’re also difficult to detect. This isn’t because parasites don’t cause symptoms. It’s because their source is hard to determine. They include:

  • nervousness
  • irritability
  • eating disorders
  • itching sensations in the nostrils or rectum
  • swollen or bloated stomach

Some people experience bloating because they ate something that didn’t agree with them. However, in the case of intestinal parasites, we experience bloating no matter what we eat.

Removing parasites naturally isn’t easy. Here’s what you should do:

  • You have to drastically reduce or eliminate sugars and wheat products from your diet. This measure is essential because they’re parasites’ food.
  • In addition, you have to take supplements such as garlic.
  • You also need to add pumpkin seeds, coriander and hot spices to your diet.
  • Besides, you can take probiotics to support the production of healthy intestinal bacteria.
  • An additional recommendation is that you try to avoid being constipated as this can contribute to the parasitic infection.

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3. Eating Beyond the Point of Satisfaction

Sometimes, we may feel the temptation to eat more than our bodies need. Even with healthy foods, failing to resist this desire can result in bloating.

We should always stop eating the instant we feel satisfied. In other words, we should avoid overeating. We can do this by drinking a tea that helps facilitate digestion instead of having dessert, for example. This can help prevent abdominal bloating. We’ll explain this next.

4. Suffering from Excessive Gas

There are some foods that particularly cause gas. Besides, certain people are more prone to this problem than others.

We recommend drinking teas made with anise, mint and lemon balm. We also suggest that you add spices such as cumin and fennel to soups, particularly those that contain beans and vegetables that are known to cause gas.

mint tea to help a swollen or bloated stomach

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5. Being Intolerant of Certain Foods

Sometimes, we experience gas because we’re intolerant of an unknown food. The most common culprits are gluten and lactose. If we suspect we are sensitive to certain foods, we need to determine if they’re causing a problem. 

One way to do so is by removing them from our diet for a month. If we feel better or experience less bloating as a result, chances are we’re intolerant of them.

6. Experiencing Emotional Issues

Our digestive system function is related to our experiences and well-being. For this reason, some people have digestive problems when going though emotional issues. In these cases, sufferers will notice that their bloating correlates with days when they feel more emotional stress than usual.

The good news is that there are ways to help resolve this. We recommend seeing a therapist or exploring homeopathy and other relaxing therapies, such as massage, reflexology, yoga, tai chi, etc.

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7. Having Unhealthy Dinners

Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. The reason for this assertion is that, at night, our bodies don’t have a lot of energy left to spend digesting food. We shouldn’t wake up in the mornings with a bloated abdomen. If we do, then it’s time to change what we eat for dinner.

We all know salads are quite healthy, for example. However, they’re better to eat during the day or at lunch. Cooked vegetables and sauces are better for eating in the evening.

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