Saturday, 9 June 2012

So You Want to Reduce Stomach Bloating? But What Can We Do to Stop Bloating?

bloated_bunniesSo you want to reduce stomach bloating? Of course you do. Why? Because when you reduce bloating your body instantly looks more streamlined. But what can we do to stop bloating and achieve a flatter stomach?
The answer lies in discovering the actual cause of your bloating which isn't always as simple as you might think. The problem is that there are several factors that can contribute to stomach bloating. And as a sufferer, any one or more of these factors could be responsible for your condition. Let's examine some of the more common causes that should help you reduce stomach bloating.
Fluid Retention.
This is a common cause of stomach bloating and is often hormone related or due to excessively warm conditions. This type of bloating is frequently accompanied by swollen ankles and puffy eyes. A quick way to test for yourself if you suspect you may be suffering from fluid retention is to press your thumb onto your lower leg for a couple of seconds. When you release the pressure gently feel to see if the skin has sprung back or if you have been left with an indentation. If you can feel a dent this may be a sign of fluid retention. You can help to reduce stomach bloating due to fluid retention in several ways.
Diuretics obtainable either over the counter from pharmacies or on prescription from a doctor can help although you may prefer to address the problem by modifying your diet. Try cutting down on your salt and alcohol intake. Stick to a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and steer clear of processed foods.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a very common condition and stomach bloating is one of the many symptoms. If you suffer from IBS you will more than likely have additional problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea or constipation and excess flatulence. To help reduce stomach bloating and other symptoms you can try over the counter medication from your pharmacy specially formulated for IBS. You should also consider drinking peppermint tea which will help with bloating and cramps. Charcoal capsules are excellent for problems with flatulence.
Stress is a common cause of digestive discomfort. From a simple case of 'butterflies in the tummy' to ulcers, many people are aware of the relationship between nervousness, anxiety and the stomach. Any upset in the digestive system can cause bloating so stress has to be taken seriously as a contributing factor to stomach bloating. To reduce stomach bloating due to excessive stress, try taking time with your meals. Eat slowly and chew every mouthful thoroughly. You may need to consider relaxation techniques or even hypnosis to help you deal with the problem.
Food Intolerance
An extremely common cause of stomach bloating is food intolerance. The number of possible culprits is endless and includes milk, wheat, gluten and certain fruits, vegetables and food additives. To help reduce stomach bloating due to food intolerance you should consider keeping a food diary and following an elimination diet. Basically this involves eating simple meals consisting of only plain, bland foods for a few days until symptoms subside. After that time you should begin to reintroduce regular food choices and note any reaction you may have. With a little time and patience you should soon identify your personal 'bloat triggers' which will enable you to reduce stomach bloating.
Elizabeth Hartley is the author and creator of The Flat Stomach Diet. This diet plan is the result of many years of research after consultation with doctors and professional nutritionists in an effort to discover the causes of painful abdominal cramps and bloating. The findings are based on personal experience after undergoing numerous medical tests and procedures and failing to find any other alternative long term solution. Details of
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