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What are some home remedies for bloating?

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Everyday Health recommends drinking herbal tea and supplementing one's diet with probiotics to treat bloating. Although probiotics are available as capsules, they also naturally occur in yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and pickles. To prevent bloating from occurring, Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests eating slowly and chewing more thoroughly without talking, going for light walks after meals and maintaining good posture while eating.

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Bloating can also be caused by smoking, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diseases like celiac or lactose intolerance, eating fatty foods or drinking carbonated beverages. The Mayo Clinic suggests avoiding carbohydrates and reducing the amount of gas-producing foods consumed. Common culprits are beans, broccoli, cabbage, fruits, onions, dairy products and chewing gum.

According to Everyday Health, stress and anxiety can cause the colon to spasm, leading to abdominal discomfort and bloating. When dietary changes fail to relieve discomfort, relaxation therapy can be helpful.

Everyday Health suggests that herbs in the carminative family can help to reduce gas and prevent bloating. These herbs include chamomile, peppermint, ginger, dill, basil, anise, caraway, parsley and garlic.

The Mayo Clinic recommends avoiding high-fiber foods until bloating decreases, then slowly reintroducing them again supplemented with a product like Beano that reduces the amount of gas they produce. Bloating and gas are also caused by constipation and food residue in the colon.

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