Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
While a certain level of intestinal gas is relatively common, you shouldn’t have to feel bloated or uncomfortable every single day. Natural remedies can help you reduce your gas symptoms and get rid of the bloat quickly. To treat your condition, try activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, or peppermint tea.
What Is Bloating?
Bloating is a feeling of fullness that is caused by the buildup of gas in your stomach and intestines. You may experience abdominal pain that varies from a dull to sharp and intense in conjunction with bloating.
Why Do I Feel So Bloated?
Bloating is most often caused by improper digestion and poor food choices. Additional behaviors that can cause bloating include overloading your stomach, drinking carbonated beverages, eating spicy or fried foods, and eating too quickly.
Are There Any Natural Cures That Relieve Bloating?
Many of us are embarrassed to mention tummy issues, especially when it involves excess gas. With natural remedies, you won’t have to worry about embarrassment; you’ll just get relief. There are a number of different natural treatment options you can try, but three of the best are activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, and peppermint tea.
1. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal helps neutralize and absorb the acids in your stomach. Doing so, the charcoal reduces the amount of gas being created and already present in your stomach to offer you relief. It also eliminates toxins and other parasitic organisms that may be causing issues. To get relief, try taking one capsule of activated charcoal by mouth when you are feeling bloated.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is really just fermented apples. When you add this fermented liquid into your stomach, it helps regulate your digestive processes and relieves painful gas and bloating. To use this treatment, drink a tablespoon of ACV in water or tea prior to eating.
3. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea possesses important relaxant and antispasmodic properties. These properties help relieve bloating and promote effective digestive. The tea also helps to soothe your digestive system. To use this remedy, simply prepare a cup of peppermint tea (either by steeping dried organic leaves or using a pre-bagged tea) and drink it approximately 30 minutes prior to eating to prevent bloating or when you experience bloating to help calm your stomach.
While bloating is common, it is a sign of improper digestion. Try these remedies to support your digestive health and treat or prevent bloating. Continue reading below for more natural remedy cures for bloating from our readers!
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[YEA] I had the same problem as Sharon from Santa Fe. I'm 42 now and for the last couple of years, I've had problems with everything I eat making me bloated and uncomfortable. I've tried everything I can think of, including elimination diets, with no luck. But activated charcoal really worked for me. I take 2 tabs in the morning and then 2 at night, each time about an hour after eating to give my body time to digest the meal's nutrients. I don't usually take it at lunch time because I only have soup or tea and that doesn't seem to upset me too much. I didn't have the diahorrea. My stools were solid and did change to a very dark brown/black and I felt very cleaned out. They passed more easily as well. I'll keep taking the tabs twice a day until I feel like I don't need them. My thanks to Sharon from Santa Fe for recommending this product. Girl, you rock!
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Doris (Santa Ana, CA USA) on 04/08/2008
[YEA] Have always drank lots of coffee w/sugars, syrups, dairy. This year, bloating began. Starting reading about stomach and bile and acid-sugar-alkaline balances and how stomach, gall bladder, liver, small intestines deal with it. Found your apple juice, acv info. ACV was a bit harsh last week, at 1 tsp each acv w/slight honey or water. This week bloating was very uncomfortable to point of constant distraction. Found on your site to take avc or apple juice or eat an apple to regulate acid balance. Took lots of antacids today, no help, bloating was worse. Ate a very small apple at 9pm tonite and 20 minutes later, bloating almost ALL GONE. Had the rest and feel like a million. Thank you for this site teaching me what to revise in my diet, to fix these things.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Bloating
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 teaspoon
A daily ACV tonic can restore your bodys mineral balance and reduce bloating. Start with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water and build up to as much as two tablespoons. Take a few days off the tonic every so often.
Approval Ratings YEA (5) 56% NAY (1) 11% BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1) 11% SIDE EFFECTS (2) 22% Posted by Celeste (Narbonne, France) on 03/29/2009
I am amazed at all the valuable information i have found on this site.
I have a question though... For three weeks i have been on a detox, eating mainly vegies, fruits, brown rice, and also honey, olive oil, nuts, raisins, and goats yogurt. I am also drinking warm lemon water in the morning, taking a cold showering and exercising daily. Yet with all my efforts, there has been a lot of pain caused by BLOATING, at times making me look like a very pregnant woman.
I understand now that it might be caused by the sudden change in diet and all the fiber i am eating. And so i was wondering if ACV was a good remedy for me. I am nervous to swallow vinegar as i have a naturally acidic ph and am working on alkalising my body. Given this fact, shall i try baking soda instead?
I also generally suffer from intense water retention before and during my period. Shall i combine ACV and baking soda?
Thank you for your help!
It is greatly appreciated.Posted by Zella Sauer (Terre Haute, Indiana) on 09/17/2008
[YEA] Hello, First let me say I love this site! I plan to try many many things here.
I came here because of a gallbladder attack. I was sooo sick with this last attack, and I am not working and have no medical insurance. So I started out with AVC in apple juice and wow !! I felt much better (((but a very wonderful side effect occurred, which I wasn't expecting.... I have been holding water a lot lately in my ankles, and I have been drinking lots of water to help rid my body and eating very little to no salt, but still some puffiness.... I have been using ACV for 3 days now and my ankles and lower legs are TINY again !!! I can't believe it !!!) I have since then been reading all the wonderful things ACV does so I am a believer and will be taking it from now on.))) I did start out drinking the regular kind from the store in apple juice, but I have bought the organic ACV now...
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