Natural Cures for Bloating and Fluid Retention

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Posted by Mary (Lacey, Wa, Us) on 03/31/2010

Extreme Bloating

For the last year, I have dealt with constant hard bloating. I am fine first thing in the morning (after I have taken laxitives and physillium husk to be able to go to the restroom), but as soon as I eat something, and it doesn't matter how small it is, I start bloating and stay that way for the remainder of the day. When it first started, I had medical and decided to go to my doctor and after 2 CT scans, they still weren't able to help me with an idea why I have this problem. Next step was to see a gastroenterologist. Yep, you guessed it, got laid off from the state and wasn't able to have the tests done. I don't know what is going on, my boyfriend wants me to go see a doctor knowing that I don't have insurance, that and my dislike of doctors doesn't help.

I'm to the point that I don't want to eat, I don't want to go out in public, really dislike being asked if I'm pregnant, I would rather sleep than leave the house. I think that I have bought everything that I can think of to try and help but I also worry about taking so much that it makes what might be useful, null and void.

Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Posted by Angela
Springfield, Mo
my husband has the same problem, gets bloated after eating. a friend of his recommended him to take digestive enzymes before eating and he started doing this. it has helped him so much. I'll let you know the brand name he is taking, even though I do not know if they will post it. rgarden maximizer, its all vegetarian, no animal products in it. I bought mine from iherb. it has 17 different plant based things in it to digest your food.
Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
959 Posts
Hi Mary...I was bloated everyday for years. But this was just one of the symptoms of my candida problem. I had candida for over 7 years and didn't know it. Apart from bloating, my other symptoms were: eczma, psoriasis, hard painful stools, infrequent BM, constipation, bad athletes foot and jock itch. Virtually all of these ailments are fungal in nature and were caused by the candida in my body -- symptoms if you like. There are over twenty symptoms for candida, which can vary widely from person to person with the same candida.

The way I got rid of my candida was really based on two main remedies or protocols:

* Taking Ted's alkalizing lemon/lime or ACV with Baking Soda remedies 3 times a day. I also took Ted's simple BS with water remedy on its own occasionally to up my bicarbonate levels. See this link:

* Taking at least two tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil every day. I usually took this in my coffee, throughout the day - one teaspoon of VCO in a cup of coffee, six times a day(= two tablespoons).See this link:

I also took blackstrap molasses for minerals and took my own blend of herbs just to support my liver and kidneys against the candida die-off effects throughout this period.

It took over a year to cure my candida and when I started this protocol, I felt much worse before it got better -- because of the Herx or candida die-off effects. But I stuck with it and it was well worth it. When the candida was gone, most of my "symptoms" -- including the bloating -- just disappeared altogether.

Posted by Anis
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Dear Bill, can we use regular, cheap baking soda from the store?
Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
959 Posts
Hi Anis...Here in the Philippines, I use ordinary store-bought baking soda -- Arm & Hammer brand -- which does not contain any other additives(I've checked on their website). It's never caused me any problems at all.

Store bought BS should be OK -- but just check the contents list on the BS first, just in case.

Posted by Marnyfarn
Bedford, Tx
I have suffered with chronic extreme bloating for years and years and had just about every diagnostic test known, but nothing explained my problem. I was unable to pass gas and it was very uncomfortable. I recently started soluble fiber and probiotics, and it has been like magic. I can pass gas and my stool is much more normal looking now than has been in a looooong time. I am pretty sure the probiotics did the trick. I got them over the counter at my local grocery store. Such a simple and cheap solution. I wish I had tried it much sooner. Good luck!

Posted by Shaunie (Saginaw, Michigan) on 10/12/2009

I am a 40 year old woman, My stomache started to become overly extended 4 months after the birth of my second child in August of 2002, My weight and my stomache size increased to the size of a 9 month pregnant female much of the weight started disappearing without effort in the summer of 2008 I lost 30 pounds without trying, I wasn't doing anything different. I had complained to my Doctors all my life about different problems i was having with my stomache. The Doctors had done many test over the past 4 years and just noticed this year that i had many enlarged lymphnodes and an enlarged spleen . What can i take or do to decrease the size of my stomache ? I still look like I may be at least 6 months pregnant now.

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA
704 Posts
Hi Shaunie, I had my fifth child at 42 and had never had this experience until then. I had been a ballet dancer all my life and was very fit so I took it for granted when my body would just return to its fit state after my births. This time it was different- I completely lost my waistline, had a stomach that felt distended and no matter how much exercise, it would not go down. My husband would say to be patient, after all, it took 9 months to make the baby it was my fifth and she was the biggest baby I'd had- almost 10 lbs and I am small, 5'2". A year passed, then two, then three... I finally resigned myself to the fact that many women have this even after their first and I had been lucky... Then, after 4 years, I went to an acupuncturist of which I had not done in years. I went for totally unrelated reasons to this. I was actually going for my hips and how much mobility I'd lost after this birth. After the third session I was dressing and caught my reflection in the mirror- at first I thought I was imagining things and I went closer. My stomach had gone flat AND I had a waistline to boot! It is 5 years later and I have retained my waistline but I will periodically return to the acupuncturist when my stomach begins to feel that bloated feeling. My acupuncturist is really great and he has explained that it is the stomach that can cause so many seemingly unrelated problems. I just went 4 days ago after about 5 months of not going for this very reason. Anyway, I hope this info helps and that there is hope. Ask around and check the acupuncturist sites to find a well-qualified acupuncturist. Good luck.

Posted by Redgypsey1 (Phoenix, Az, USA) on 10/04/2009

Bloating, fungus in throat

I was wondering if someone could please help me. In dec of 08 I had started gaining 3-5 lbs a week until I had gained 35-40 lbs. I can not seem to loose this weight. I went to see a Doctor and she did blood work said my thyroid was a little low. I am now on meds for that and I have HBP due to the weight gain.I feel this is not just a weight issue because I gained it to fast. I get so bloated. I noticed its worse when for instance I eat a piece of wh bread. No matter how hard I try I have not been able to loose even a lb. I stopped smoking 3 months ago with the help of chantix. But about a month ago my voice got very hoarse. I went to the doc the other day and he said I've got a fungus in my throat. I also have a problem with heartburn and sour stomach. Somehow I feel this is all related. After reading Earth clinic the majority of the day I feel possibly I have candida? The doctors just want to prescribe and perscribe. I did do ACV a couple of months ago but it bothered my stomach to much so I quit. I felt great but it didn't help with the bloating. Can you please help me try and figure out what could be wrong. Thanks Darlene

Posted by Carolyn
Christchurch, New Zealand
Lose Wheat...lose weight. Grains are fed to cattle to put weight on them. Grains are hard for humans to digest. Also, try taking 1 oz of colloidal silver 10ppm (parts per million) twice a day. Amazing for all sorts of difficulties. Also organic virgin coconut oil is another wonderful health treatment. You can look up both items on the web to find out the benefits.
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa
704 Posts
Without a doubt, you are dealing with some serious candida. Cut out all breads and sugar from your diet right away. That would be one way to begin. Go to the health food store and ask about some very good probiotics. Look at the ways people have gone about it on this site. You can go through some difficult times as you get rid of it but in the long run, your health will improve immensely. I'm a great believer that there are many people with problems due to candida but they don't realize that is the stem of the many problems it manifests. They can be extremely serious problems to including such things as ADD, mental problems, continual illnesses on a regular basis, etc. You can also google a lot of information. There are excellent sites on this subject. Hope this helps. And good luck.
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa
704 Posts
Hi again, your post was the first one up and I responded immediately since I have helped others rid themselves of this dreadful experience. But upon, scrolling down and reading there is a post about bloating from Rebekah in response to Saffi. She gives some very sound advice on this subject and I think you will feel relieved that she too had some of your problem. The other thing I would really try to do is get yourself off meds- that alone can help this condition fester. The medical community doesn't give much thought to this terrible condition. I had to help my own 23 year old daughter out of this dilemma when a doctor kept giving her antibiotics for a throat condition that you describe. I knew what it was but the dr. used such scare tactics on her she kept listening to his idiotic advice. Finally, she was so distraught since she was seeing no change that she gave into my advice. She insisted she stay with the antibiotics so I made her promise that she, simultaneously follow what I would recommend to see a change. It worked and now she understands the deep connection between what you eat and how you feel healthwise. She no longer eats dairy or sugar- something she craved desperately before and for many years in spite of my advice. Sometimes the worst experience is what it finally takes to make a change. Especially when the advice is coming from mom...

EC: Rebekah's post to Saffi is here:

Posted by Billy
I don't think it's candida, but I think it might be H. Pylori. Try 1000 mg of Mastica Chios every morning on an empty stomach. My $002


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