Picture this: Your tummy is protruding and painful, your favorite clothes don’t fit, and you might also be emitting embarrassing gas. It’s so bad, in fact, you may even be reluctant to leave the house.
Sound familiar? What we’re talking about is bloating, and it can be frustrating—and pretty hard to ignore.
“Bloating is usually caused by a sensation of stretching or spasming of the gut,” says Jonathan Rosenberg, MD, a gastroenterologist at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. From your diet to stress, there are many different factors that can trigger it. You might be eating too fast (which leads to swallowing excess air), have a disorder like celiac disease, or have an intolerance to lactose or fructose. Constipation can also be a factor: When things move too slowly through your GI tract—or foods are broken down in the colon instead of the stomach—you end up with fermentation, which produces gas, says Rosenberg.
“If you run into a hard, puffy stomach quite often, it may be due to certain food intolerances,” says Taz Bhatia, MD, an integrative health expert and founder of CentreSpring MD. “I always recommend keeping a food journal in these cases. Being able to go back and see which foods seem to cause these types of symptoms can keep a bloated belly at bay.”
A food journal is great for the long term, but it’s nice to have options that can help you ease pain and deflate right now. Armed with our experts’ advice about what ingredients help beat the bloat, we rounded up 6 of the best products for battling bloating and gas—and they’re all available online (so there’s no need for an awkward trip to the drugstore).
The coating on these soft gels makes them easy to swallow, which is helpful if you’re not the best at taking down pills. (They come in chewables, too.) The active ingredient, simethicone, encourages tiny gas bubbles to merge together so you can expel them easier and relieve some of that painful pressure.
This minty liquid medicine coats the stomach, helping to relieve gas, bloating, and any acid indigestion right away—thanks to a combination of active ingredients (simethicone, aluminum hydroxide, and magnesium hydroxide).
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If dairy is your downfall, chowing down on these tablets before you indulge in a scoop of ice cream or a fresh mozzarella panini should help a lot. They contain a natural enzyme, lactase, which helps break down the lactose in milk products that you’d otherwise have trouble digesting.
If you’re into homeopathic remedies, give this one a shot. It contains minute amounts of bitter apple, chamomile, and wild yam, which homeopathic experts believe fights bloating, cramps, burping, and nausea. Take these tablets alone, not with food.
Did you know that lemon is a natural detoxifier? It acts as a cleansing agent, which, Taz explains, helps to eliminate unwanted bloat from the body. She recommends sipping on hot lemon water in the morning. Or try balancing your digestive system with this caffeine-free herbal tea.
If you’re chronically bloated, try adding these plant-based pills to your daily routine. They contain both prebiotics and probiotics (to promote intestinal health), as well as enzymes designed to help you break down food easier and more efficiently. (Probiotics have a ton of benefits that don’t have to do with digestion—check them out here.) The result: Less pain, less pressure, less puffy tummy.
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