Some Reasons for a Swollen or Bloated Stomach
Sometimes it’s helpful to drink a tea that aids in digestion after a meal to avoid feeling bloated and get rid of excess gas. It’s also a good idea to add spices to our food that further aid in digestion.
A bloated stomach isn’t just a problem with appearances – it’s also a health issue that we need to address, before it develops into a chronic disorder.
In this article we’ll talk about the many reasons why you may experience abdominal bloating, and offer some natural remedies that can help resolve it quickly.
Not chewing well enough
This is a common problem these days because people usually try to do things in a hurry. Many of us eat quickly while we’re at work, often standing or chatting, so we don’t chew our food as well as we should. This makes it much harder for our bodies to process by slowing down or hindering digestion, which can cause abdominal bloating among other discomforts. Chewing our food thoroughly has many other advantages as well, like making us feel more satisfied and eat less overall.
It’s important to remember that the digestion process begins in the mouth with saliva that contains important digestive enzymes. The more we chew our food, the better it is processed by the body.
Intestinal parasites are a major health problem, but unfortunately it’s also very difficult to detect. This is not because parasites don’t have symptoms: it’s because they’re hard to attribute to their source. For example, parasites can cause nervousness, irritability, eating disorders, itching sensations in the nostrils or rectum, and abdominal bloating. Some people experience bloating because they ate something that didn’t agree with them, but in this case we experience bloating no matter what we eat.
Removing parasites naturally isn’t easy. You have to drastically reduce or eliminate sugars and wheat products from your diet because they are the parasites’ food. In addition, you have to take supplements like garlic, and add pumpkin seeds, coriander, hot spices, and more to your diet.
You can also take probiotics to support the production of healthy intestinal bacteria, and try to avoid being constipated as this can contribute to the parasitic infection.
Eating too much
Even with healthy foods, if you eat too much or more than the body needs it can result in bloating. We should always stop eating the instant we feel satiated. But the times that we feel like we still want dessert even though we’re actually already full are good examples of overeating.
A good way to avoid this is by drinking a tea that helps facilitate digestion, instead of having dessert. This can help prevent abdominal bloating, as we’ll explain next.
There are some foods that particularly cause gas, and certain people are more susceptible to this problem than others. For these times we recommend drinking teas made with anise, mint, and lemon balm, and to add spices like cumin and fennel to soups – particularly those that contain beans and vegetables that are known to cause gas.
Sometimes we experience gas because we have an intolerance to an unknown food. The most common culprits are gluten or lactose, and if we suspect we have one of these intolerances we need to make the proper diagnosis.
One way to find out is to eliminate these foods from your diet for a month and determine if we feel better, or experience less bloating as a result.
In addition to all of the above reasons, some people have digestive problems because of emotional issues, since digestive system function is related to our experiences and well-being. In these cases, sufferers will notice that their bloating is correlated with days when they feel more emotional stress than usual.
To help resolve this, we recommend seeing a therapist or exploring homeopathy and other relaxing therapies like massage, reflexology, yoga, tai chi, etc.
Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day, because at night the body doesn’t have a lot of energy left to spend digesting food. If we find that we’re waking up in the mornings with a bloated abdomen, it’s time to change what we eat for dinner. Salads are quite healthy, for example, but they’re better to eat during the day or at lunch. Cooked vegetables and sauces are better for eating in the evening.