Bloating could be caused by either eating too quickly and swallowing too much air, it could mean you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease or a food intolerance. It can remain for long periods of time causing continuos physical discomfort and making the person feel insecure about the way they look. But there are remedies to help the symptoms of bloating and one is a delicious herbal tea could be used as a supplement.
Dandelion tea helps with the feeling of bloating and water weight.
It contains a host of nutrients that are beneficial to one’s health. The tea contains anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant compounds and vitamin A.
Not only do they help reduce the feeling of bloat they also have cholesterol lowering properties and has a diuretic effect aiding with water retention and making the stomach look slightly flatter.
Coffee can overexcite the digestive tract which leads to bloating – dandelion tea can be used as an alternative to coffee and therefore ease bloating.
You can either purchase the tea at leading healthcare stores or if you are feeling adventurous, you can grow the plant yourself and prepare accordingly.
Gut health is essential to ease symptoms of bloating. Colon hydrotherapist at Aqualibria, Velile Ndebele, said of gut health: “Improving your health gut can deliver a whole host of benefits from reducing bloating to weight loss and increased energy.”
Leading nutritionist, Doctor Marilyn Glenville offers some tips on food and bloating and said: “It is very easy to get into habits such as eating while driving or while watching TV. These can become so ingrained that you end up always associating food with specific activities.
“You must become very aware when you eat and eat mindfully, keeping your entire focus on your food. You should also reduce your dairy products such as cheese, milk and cream as dairy products contain lactose and before this can be absorbed into the bloodstream from your gut and ferments, giving symptoms such as gas and bloating.
“You should increase your fibre as its known for its action on the bowel and help with constipation. Fibre binds to water and increases the bulk of your stools, so that its easier to eliminate from the body and help with problems like bloating and flatulence.”
Doctor Glenville added: “Avoid addictive drinks such as alcohol, tea, coffee and cola’s. Because they are part of everyday life we tend to forget their addictive properties.
“If you decide to cut caffeine and fizzy drinks from your daily routine, you can minimise the possible side effects by cutting down slowly over a period of a few weeks and use healthy alternatives such as herbal teas including dandelion tea and turmeric lattes.”
Some researchers say exercise helps reduce symptoms of bloating primarily because physical activity supports the passage of gas through one’s digestive system.
Severe bloating may cause serious symptoms such as:
- Blood in your stool
- Noticeable weight loss
- Vaginal bleeding
If you experience any of these symptoms it is strongly advised to see your doctor immediately.