How to Treat A Bloated Stomach Naturally

Are you constantly feeling gassy or experiencing a bloated stomach after eating? If so, you’re not alone. Many people wonder about the causes of bloating and how they can improve digestion to find relief from bloated stomachs. Additionally, this is also something Simple Cures hopes to help you with.

A bloated stomach feels tight, full and often painful.
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What Is a Bloated Stomach?

A bloated stomach is a feeling of tightness and fullness in your belly. It can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, affecting your overall well-being. The feeling of a bloated stomach can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and is sometimes accompanied by belching and abdominal rumbling. These symptoms usually go away after a while, but for some people, it’s a recurring problem. There are several factors that can contribute to bloating:

Bloating Could Be Caused By Poor Digestion

Inadequate digestion can lead to the accumulation of gas in the digestive system, resulting in bloating. Factors like insufficient stomach acid, slow digestion, or imbalances in gut bacteria can interfere with the normal breakdown of food, leading to increased gas production.

Food Intolerances Contribute To Bloating

Gluten intolerance is when you feel sick after eating gluten.
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Some people may be sensitive or intolerant to specific foods, such as lactose and gluten. Sometimes, eating these foods can trigger bloating and other digestive symptoms due to the body’s inability to break them down properly.

Swallowing Air Can Cause Bloating

Excess gas in the digestive system can lead to bloating.
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When you overeat, eat or drink quickly, chew gum, or drink carbonated beverages, you may inadvertently swallow air. Excess air can accumulate in the digestive system, causing bloating.

Hormonal Changes or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

Bloating can be attributed partially to hormonal changes.
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During menstruation or menopause, hormonal changes can cause bloating. Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) can also cause water retention, which further contributes to bloating. These are common and temporary symptoms during these phases.

How To Relieve A Bloated Stomach?

It’s important to identify the specific causes of bloating to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with lifestyle modifications, can help address these issues and provide relief from bloating symptoms naturally.

Acupuncture For Bloating

Acupuncture can help in treating bloating and its associated symptoms.
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The majority of instances of a bloated stomach can be attributed to a weakened stomach and spleen. This can be due to poor lifestyle and habits. Acupuncture has been recognized as a valuable treatment for treating bloating and its associated symptoms. Acupoints are located along the meridians and correspond to various organ systems. Acupuncture stimulates the digestive system, helping to regulate its function and relieve bloating. 

Meanwhile, Acupuncture is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce swelling and discomfort. As Acupuncture practitioners, we can provide relief and address the underlying imbalances by targeting specific acupuncture points.

Mindful Eating

Eating slowly and chewing your food thoroughly can make you feel full faster and help you avoid overeating. Satiety is a delayed reaction because it takes a while for the food you eat to actually reach your stomach. Watching what you eat can help with better digestion and reduce the likelihood of bloating.

Changing Your Diet

Milk and dairy foods can cause bloating.
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If you notice a tendency for certain foods to cause you to have a bloated stomach, try to reduce or eliminate those foods from your diet. Foods that commonly cause bloating are wheat, beans, lentils, garlic, onions, and carbonated drinks. Milk and dairy foods can also cause bloating, as some people have a hard time digesting lactose. Pay attention to how your body reacts to different foods and try to identify any triggers that cause bloating.

Reduction in Eating Raw, Cold Foods and Drinks

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, raw and cold foods are believed to weaken the digestive fire and impair digestion, potentially leading to bloating. They’re shocking and unkind to your internal organs, including your digestive tract and, in women, the reproductive organs. To alleviate bloating, it’s advisable to minimize the intake of raw and cold food.

Herbal Remedies

Ginger can provide relief for a bloated stomach.
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Certain herbs can provide relief for a bloated stomach. Ginger possesses carminative properties, aiding in the expulsion of gas from the digestive system and alleviating stomach cramps. Peppermint has soothing properties that can relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, offering relief from bloating and discomfort. Simple Cures offers a variety of herbal remedies that can assist in relieving bloating.

Reach Out to Simple Cures

You don’t need to be afraid of eating meals!  At Simple Cures, our experienced practitioners specialize in Acupuncture and Herbal therapy to help you naturally manage bloating and other digestive symptoms.

Reach out to Simple Cures today and take the first step towards finding relief. Contact us and schedule a free consultation today!