Updated on June 9th, 2023
Is your belly still feeling the turkey dinner from Thursday? No need to fret - our friends at Stylecraze came up with 10 home remedies to relieve stomach bloating.
Many people suffer with pain and discomfort from bloating after meals, and most of us have tried an array of tricks to help alleviate the symptoms! Methods like counting from 1-10, simply relaxing, or trying Jedi-mind tricks seldom work. Usually, all you can do is to wait for it to go away on its own. However, help is at hand, you don't have to wait hours for that uncomfortable sensation to pass, because the following home remedies work wonders:
1. H2O to the Rescue
This plain and tasteless liquid is the simplest remedy for treating a bloated stomach. Water flushes the gases and sodium out of your stomach and reduces the bloating. When you feel bloated, drink several glasses of water. The more you drink, the BETTER!
2. Massage Away
Stomach bloating is generally a build-up of gas in the belly. Massaging helps to expel these gases quickly. Lie flat on your back and rub your stomach in circular motions for about 15 minutes, or until you can feel the bloating has subsided. You'll find instant relief with this remedy that doesn't cost a dime! Expert tip - try a foam roller to release built up gas - foam rolling can help in multiple ways:
- it enhances the body’s circulation
- it calms and regulates the nervous system
- it improves the body’s digestive and detoxification systems
- it decreases inflammation
3. Take A Walk
Another simple and effective remedy that has multiple benefits in addition to aiding digestion. When you experience bloating, take a stroll outside or pace up and down the stairs until you feel better. Make sure you breathe through your nose while doing these exercises. You want to reduce the bloating and not make it worse!
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4. Fennel Seeds
Indian curries aren’t the only use for these wonderful small green seeds! Chew a small amount of these seeds and watch them work their magic and reduce bloating in barely minutes! Fennel seeds have the added benefit of doubling as a mouth freshener.
You can also boil a spoonful of fennel seeds in a cup of water and drink it like a tea. This will achieve the same results quicker!
5. Lemon and Baking Soda
Squeeze a lemon into a glass and add a teaspoon of food-grade baking soda. You’ll see it fizz like a champagne pouring into a glass. Continue adding baking soda until the fizz stops. Add a cup of water and stir until all the baking soda is dissolved.
6. A Short Tale of Ginger
This strong smelling plant has plenty of medicinal uses in addition to soothing your stomach. Slowly chew a piece of ginger and swallow the juices or just drink a cup of ginger tea which you can make by steeping grated ginger in a pot of boiling water. The tea is delicious with a touch of lemon, either juiced and added to the cup or sliced lemon added to your cup or the pot.
7. Peppermint Tea
Drinking a glass of hot peppermint tea helps a bloated stomach anytime of the day. The minty aroma also relaxes your mind and soothes your senses. You'll love the added benefit of fresh, minty breath!
8. Chamomile Tea
If you don't like peppermint tea, chamomile is a great alternative. The antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and relaxing properties of Chamomile tea help ease the symptoms of a bloated stomach and you calm down. Drink a cup of chamomile tea with some honey or a squeeze of lemon and say goodbye to that bloated stomach!
9. Pumpkin Dreams
No, a ‘Jack-o-Lantern’ isn’t going to scare your stomach into reducing gas. Pumpkin has other uses including being a great help in reducing gas and bloating. Enjoy pumpking with your meals to prevent bloating altogether, or simply snack on a cup of boiled or steamed pumpkin and say “boo” to your bloated stomach.
10. Warm Lemon Water
A lemon a day keeps the doctor away, and does wonders for your body! It's acts as a fantastic digestive aid by stimulating the production of acid in your stomach, essentially breaking down food more effectively. This results in a reduction in gas and bloating. Simply juice a lemon into a cup of warm water, stir and drink away. This is also a great way to start each day, before eating or drinking anything else.
Make Your Whole Body Happy with these simple steps! Try them and you'll soon be recommending a few tricks from this list next time someone complains of a bloated tummy.