Most people experience a bloated stomach every now and then. It usually happens eating a big meal or food which is hard to digest. While it is only an occasional inconvenience for some people, other people suffer with bloating regularly. As well as cutting down on bloat-inducing foods, it’s also possible to relieve a bloated tummy by eating gut health-boosting foods or taking supplements. Health foods store Holland & Barrett lists three supplements which can help get rid of bloating:
Peppermint oil contains calming properties that can relax the muscles of the intestines, helping ease digestion, while fighting stomach cramps and bloating.
Holland & Barrett advises taking capsules of peppermint oil before or during meals.
Fennel is a herb that is commonly used as an ingredient in cooking, but can also drink it in tea or take it in supplement form.
“Fennel has been used for centuries to help tame tummies,” said Holland & Barrett.
Probiotics are also known as ‘friendly’ bacteria as they aid digestion and help counteract the negative effects of bad bacteria in the gut.
Numerous studies have shown they may help ease symptoms of IBS like pain, gas and bloating.
Probiotics are commonly added to yoghurts but can also be taken in supplement form.
“There are many different types available, so you may need to experiment to find one that works for you,” said Holland & Barrett.
If you suffer from stomach bloating, it’s also important to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Not drinking enough fluids can lead to constipation, which can cause bloating. This is because a lack of water in the body makes stools harder to pass.
In addition, cutting down on foods commonly known to cause bloating can also help relieve the gut problems.
Common bloat-inducing foods include junk food, as well as vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
Carbonated beverages like beer and soft drinks can also cause bloating and trapped wind.