I don't think it's an overgeneralization to say that we all have to deal with bloating at least once in our lives—and for a lot of us, let's be honest, it might be much more than that. It's true that bloating can feel uncomfortable, not to mention it's very annoying, but the good news is there are some ways to deal with it.
First things first, it's important to note that not all bloating is the same, and it can be caused by a variety of factors. So when you feel bloated, it could help to backtrack and think about what might be the culprit. Did you eat anything that might make you feel constipated or have an upset stomach? Are there any other symptoms that go along with it?
Some common causes of bloating include not chewing your food thoroughly, consuming foods that cause or trap gas in the intestinal tract, having food sensitivities, and in some cases, having disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Seeing a doctor can help you get to the root cause of the bloat, especially if it persists even after trying at-home remedies or making some diet/lifestyle changes. Some things you can try to deal with bloating on your own include completely chewing your food, eating slowly, incorporating movement into your daily routine, staying away from any foods that you know you're sensitive to, and even adding some probiotics into your diet.
There are also some ingredients that you can incorporate into your routine that might help relieve bloat, and a lot of them are conveniently found in teas. Having a cup could be an easy way to deal with bloating that's not too serious. Alli Magier, MS, RDN, LDN, a registered dietitian at Rooted Wellness, does offer a caveat: "Overall, there is little clinical research on these ingredients in the exact form seen in teas. However, it is likely that these ingredients can still be beneficial for health!" So if you want to give it a try, take a look at some de-bloating ingredients below.
Magier says that the compound in ginger—known as gingerol—can decrease bloating and gas, soothe the stomach, and help with nausea. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm the GI tract. "Ginger has also been shown to reduce intestinal cramping and flatulence, and it stimulates gastric emptying, or the process by which food is moved from the stomach to the small intestine," Magier adds.
Not only does chamomile tea help with sleepy time, but it also plays a role in relieving any bloat. "The ancient medicinal herb chamomile has been used to heal a spectrum of ailments and conditions thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties," Magier explains. "It functions as a digestive relaxant and has been used to treat flatulence and indigestion. Chamomile also helps provide relief from gas by soothing the stomach and relaxing the muscles that propel food through the intestines."
3. Dandelion Root
"Dandelion has been shown to function as a natural diuretic, promoting the excretion of water from the body through urine production and providing relief from bloating," Magier says. She also adds that it's been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that may support blood glucose regulation in individuals with diabetes.
"Peppermint, a member of the mint family, has long been used in the treatment of digestive disorders," Magier says. "One study found that patients with IBS who were given peppermint oil for four weeks reported improvement in constipation, bloating, and abdominal distention."
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