Bloating is often caused by gas or trapped air in the abdomen, and there are a few reasons why this can happen.
One possible cause of excess gas may be swallowing too much air when eating, drinking or talking.
Smoking can also make you swallow more air, and some people swallow air as a nervous reaction.
Filling up on magnesium-rich green leafy vegetables can help stop bloating, according to Holland and Barrett.
It states: “Magnesium is a natural relaxant and constipation can sometimes be related to low magnesium levels.”
Magnesium-rich foods include green leafy vegetables, beans and lentils.
But another way to get magnesium, according to the high street health shop, is by bathing in Epsom salts.
Your body can absorb the magnesium in the salts through your skin.
A common cause of excess gas is certain foods, so cutting down on these could help reduce, or even stop, you feeling bloated.
Boots outlines 10 foods to eat less of, the first being beans. Onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts and cauliflower are other vegetables known for causing wind and bloating.
But if you cut down your intake of these, you should still make sure you eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
The high street pharmacy advises to try avoiding high fat foods and eggs – these can produce bad smelling gas.
Refined and sugary foods, especially those containing the artificial sweetener sorbitol.
You should also keep hot spicy food to a minimum, particular if you are not used to it.
Changes to your diet isn’t necessarily the only way to remedy a bloated stomach.
Holland and Barrett also recommends four supplements to help beat the bloat.
The first, is friendly or ‘good’ bacteria supplements. The high street health shop says these can aid digestion and help contract the negative effects of bad bacteria in your gut.
It adds: “Best of all, numerous studies have shown they may help ease symptoms of IBS like pain, gas and bloating.
“There are many different types available, so you may need to experiment to find one that works for you.”
Holland and Barrett explains: “Fennel has been used for centuries to help tame tummies. Drink it as a tea or take a supplement.”
This can help fight IBS symptoms like cramping or bloating.
“It works by relaxing the muscles of your intestines,”according to the health store.
“Try taking capsules before or during meals.”
Activated charcoal capsules are a natural remedy for bloating and excess wind, according to Holland and Barrett.
It says: “They work by absorbing excess gas from within your gut to relieve flatulence and feelings of fullness,” a claim that was supported by the European Food Safety Authority in 2011.
Activated charcoal is made by heating charcoal to a high temperature.
This combines the charcoal with oxygen to open up the millions of tiny pores between the atoms the charcoal is made up of, increasing its absorption abilities.
It’s recommended to take the tables after meals.
It adds: “If you are taking other medication, then you should take activated charcoal tablets either two hours before or one hour afterwards.
“If you have a medical condition involving your intestine, always consult your doctor first.”
Juicing guru, Jason Vale, recommended trying this drink on ITV’s This Morning to help beat the bloat.
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