Stomach bloating has affected most people at some point in their lifetime, according to the NHS. It can make the stomach feel stretched, puffy, and just generally uncomfortable and painful. The condition can be caused by eating certain foods that cause trapped wind, or by eating too much in one go. You could get rid of stomach bloating at home by doing some abdominal massages, it’s been claimed.
Massaging the abdomen can help to instigate a bowel movement, which subsequently relieves bloating pain.
For the largest benefit, try massaging the path of the large intestine, said medical website Medical News Today.
“Exercises, supplements, and massages can all help to reduce bloating quickly, and simple lifestyle changes can prevent it from reoccurring,” it said.
“When bloating occurs right after a meal, it usually resolves itself, but it is often possible to speed up this process.
“Many home remedies can help to manage the pain and discomfort of bloating.
“Massaging the abdomen can help to get the bowels moving. A massage that follows the path of the large intestine is especially helpful.”
The massage starts by placing the hands just above the right hip bone, and then rubbing in a circular motion with light pressure upwards toward the ribcage.
Move straight across the upper belly toward the left side of the rib cage, and then move slowly down toward the left hip bone.
You could also get rid of stomach bloating by taking peppermint supplements, added the medical website.
The capsules may be helpful for indigestion and other trapped wind, as they relax the intestinal muscles.
Meanwhile, even taking a warm bath may help to get rid of stomach bloating or a sore abdomen.
The bath promotes relaxation, which reduces stress and allows the gastrointestinal tract to function more effectively.
But, the best way to lower your risk of stomach bloating is to make some changes to your diet.
Avoid eating wheat, onions, garlic, milk, apples, pears and cauliflower, as they contain FODMAPs – compounds that aren’t properly absorbed in some people.
Speak to a doctor if your bloating symptoms don’t go away, said the NHS. It could be caused by something more serious, including ovarian or bowel cancer.