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12 Home Remedies for Gas and Bloating

By Nicole W. | 31st October 2017

Most of us have experienced the discomfort of gas or stomach bloating on occasion, but there’s no need to let it get the better of you. While there are many different causes of gas or a bloated stomach, it often occurs when the body struggles to break down food after meals.

Fortunately, we know more than ever before about maintaining a healthy digestive system and there are an assortment of different treatments you can try at home.

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Stress and anxiety upset the balance of hormones and neurotransmitters that play important roles in normal digestion. As a result, food isn’t digested properly, leading to the creation of gas and bloating. Anxiety also increases the speed of breathing, which causes you to swallow more air than normal. Certain stress-related habits may increase the likelihood of bloating, such as the tendency to reach for caffeinated or carbonated drinks, and chew gum. Take steps to reduce stress and relax on a daily basis. 

Look at Your Eating Habits

Try to avoid eating habits that cause you to swallow excess air, such as chewing gum, using straws, smoking, and talking whilst eating. Always ensure that you eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly to make it easier for the body to digest, and try to avoid large gaps between meals. Also, avoid eating fruits straight after a meal as these are gas forming and will likely increase bloating.

Watch Your Diet

Overeating is one of the most common causes of gas and bloating and for people with food intolerances or coeliac disease. Limit your consumption of fatty, spicy, or salty foods as much as possible. Carbohydrates can cause the body to retain water, so these should be avoided in the evening to avoid a bloated belly in the morning. Artificial sweeteners can also be hard for the body to digest and some people find they increase bloating, while the bubbles in carbonated drinks can also be problematic.

Eat Potassium-Rich Foods

Bloating isn’t always caused by excess gas. In certain cases, it may be triggered by high sodium (salt) intake, which increases fluid retention around the belly. Potassium helps to counter the effects of sodium so eat potassium rich foods on a daily basis to help balance fluids levels in the body. Good sources of potassium include bananas, mangos and spinach.

Be Aware of Common Culprits

Certain healthy foods may also increase the risk of bloating. While these shouldn’t be avoided completely, it may be worth eating them in moderation to reduce bloating. Common culprits include beans, onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peaches, prunes, lentils, corn and dairy products. Eating lots of fibre without drinking an adequate amount of water can also result in bloating and constipation.

Add Ginger

Ginger encourages the emptying of the stomach and speeds up digestion. The root contains gingerols and shogaols, which also help to soothe and relax the intestinal muscles and reduce spasms. Add a slice of fresh ginger root to a cup of hot water for 10 minutes and drink before and after meals. Alternatively, simply add ginger to meals or take a daily ginger supplement.

Take Probiotics for IBS

Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) suffer from bloating, which can be aggravated by stress or certain foods. An imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract is another common cause of IBS and bloating, along with constipation, diarrhoea, and flatulence. Probiotics are good bacteria that produce enzymes to support the digestion of problem foods such as starch and dairy.

Prepare for Each Menstrual Cycle

For many women, the monthly menstrual cycle causes fluid retention and bloating, among other symptoms. A combination of calcium and magnesium have been shown to relieve bloating associated with PMS, so ensure you get enough prior to the start of each cycle. Aim for 1200mg of calcium and 400mg of magnesium on a daily basis.

Exercise Daily

Inactivity is a common cause of bloating, so try to keep active every single day. A simple 20-minute walk after lunch can get food moving through the digestive tract and prevent the buildup of gas. Working up a sweat also helps to release fluids. If you are new to exercise or have recently ramped up your regime, you may find that workouts prompt bloating. However, the post-workout bloat should disappear after a couple of weeks as the body adjusts to the new routine.

Drink Plenty of Water

When the body is dehydrated it starts to retain water, which can cause the stomach to swell. Make sure you drink at least 2 litres of water each day to flush out toxins that may cause bloating and constipation. Herbal teas can also be beneficial, but you should avoid fizzy drinks that will likely exacerbate the problem.

Consume Peppermint

Peppermint leaves contain menthol oil, which acts as an antispasmodic to relax the digestive tract and support the passage of food and air through the stomach. Drink a cup of hot peppermint tea after each meal to get things moving, and add honey to taste. Or, take a daily peppermint supplementdfor sustained relief.

Check Your Medication

Certain medicines can result in stomach upsets that lead to gas and bloating, particularly aspirin, antacids, and the combined contraceptive pill. However, under no circumstances should you stop taking prescribed medications without seeking medical advice. If bloating is severe, speak with your doctor to discuss any potential alternatives, and use the steps above to relieve the side effects.

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Article by Nicole W.
Nicole has been working as a researcher and writer in the health industry for over five years. An avid runner and foodie, Nicole writes about the highs and lows of trying to follow a balanced lifestyle and has a keen interest in the complex relationship between nutrition and disease prevention.

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Positive Mental Attitude might be good for more than mood. They say there are two fundamental people-types in the world. You're either glass half-empty, or glass half-full. 

Recently there has been plenty said about the merits of being 'half full'- apparently wealthy people gravitate towards positive people, and avoid those that err on the side of pessimism. Whether that's true or not, we're sure there will be a few figures out there to prove that the majority of the public would prefer not to spend an afternoon with someone who is just plain miserable and not much fun at all. But have you ever wondered whether a negative attitude is actually bad for your health? Nope, can't say we did, either. That is until reading about a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, which says that if we look towards the future as a positive thing we're more likely to boost our physical health. Or at least this seems to be true for women. More than 70,000 were surveyed, and it was found that optimists were less likely to contract potentially fatal conditions like cancers, heart disease, and lung problems, or suffer strokes. Quite the claim, in some ways the reason behind this is pretty self-explanatory.     

Positive people are statistically more likely to be active, rather than sedentary, and this means getting more exercise on the whole. However, experts are becoming increasingly sure that the positive attitude in itself is important for overall health, too, which is interesting to say the least, but certainly poses one problem in today's international climate. With so much negativity in the press overall, is it going to be that easy to maintain a sunny disposition with talk of World War III, climate change, and globalised economic catastrophe rarely far from the agenda?    

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HEALTH- Stay in work to keep health, baby boomers told.

Everywhere you look these days it seems like someone is trying to stop you doing what it is you really want to do. From social occasions to wild spending sprees, responsibility is afoot in all corners of society these days. Teenagers aren't even getting pregnant as much as they used to- a clear sign of the times.  
The powers that be- England's chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies- are now going after your pension, or rather retirement plans, too, and attempting to say this is for the good of your health. Anyone who has ever had a job will no-doubt have automatically raised an eyebrow upon reading that bit, but there could well be plenty of substance to back the claim up.  
We all know the importance of feeling wanted and useful- it really does have a staggering impact on mental health, which in turn makes us feel more motivated to do things, resulting in either direct or indirect exercise. But when you throw into the equation taking on new professional challenges, you can also add to the benefits better maintained brain function, which could help stave off cognitive decline.  
"People are living longer than ever and so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before," Prof Davies is quotes as saying in a BBC News article. "For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges - it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was. 
"Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. 
"The health benefits of this should not be underestimated." 
It's estimated that a third of all British workers will be over 50 by 2020, and that number is only set to increase as economic demands mean more and more people are retiring later, although the actual numbers therein don't have much room for growth. Already, three quarters of all people aged between 50 and 70 are in work, and 12% of those over retirement age are still in their jobs too.  
Many common health problems associated with this age group are lifestyle based, and avoidable through change. This includes things like quitting smoking, drinking less, taking more exercise and switching to a better, more balanced diet, and many of these are easier to do if you are in a working environment- with a greater chance of having to do some exercise each day, smoking bans in the workplace, and the obvious no-no of turning up drunk to the office, all major reasons for this. 
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