How many times do we find ourselves saying “I feel bloated” or after a meal “I can’t digest well because I feel bloated”?
Let’s find out what abdominal bloating is, what can cause gas and bloat and which are natural remedies to help your digestive system.
The idea that the intestine is our second brain is now increasingly scientific. Hormones, components of the immune system, neurotransmitters and other biological substances are produced in the intestine. The bacterial flora that populates our intestine is our first defense against any harmful organisms (pathogens) and participates in the right assimilation of nutrients that we introduce daily with food. Precisely for these reasons, it is important to take care of them, even if it is not always easy. Being very sensitive, the bacterial flora can be altered and one of the most frequent symptoms that can be encountered is abdominal bloating.
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What is abdominal bloating?
About 2 out of 10 Italians suffer from or have suffered from abdominal bloating. This is because of our lifestyle, our diet, inevitably exposes us to the risk of compromising the delicate intestinal balance.
Abdominal bloating is a nuisance caused by a feeling of increased tension in the abdomen, caused by the excessive accumulation of gas in the stomach and intestines. It can happen occasionally, perhaps after a meal that is a little too abundant, but sometimes this ailment is unexpected, with no apparent cause.
At other times it accompanies other diseases, such as constipation or premenstrual syndrome.
Since it is a feeling of swelling and tension, the person who suffers from it feels noticeably uncomfortable, up to the point of suffering from abdominal pain.
This condition can also be unpleasant from an aesthetic point of view and represent a big limit for the person suffering from it, who always feels full and tight.
What can cause a bloated stomach?
Abdominal bloating is essentially composed of gas present in excess into the intestine. This excess of gas can be simply due to the fact that we ingest it while we eat, in cases where we eat quickly or voraciously. It can also form directly in our intestines, due to the fermentation of foods such as sugars, fibers and yeasts, or because of putrefactive phenomena due to excess protein in the diet.
Even when the intestinal wall is irritated and inflamed abdominal bloating occurs, and from the point of view of the diet, this can happen if spices and seasonings, fried foods, coffee and spirits are abused.
A particular case is represented by those who are intolerant or celiac. In that case, the intake of lactose or gluten can inevitably cause abdominal bloating.
Furthermore, in the event that our intestinal flora is altered for causes that go beyond food, such as for example the recent use of antibiotics, intestinal flu, frequent use of drugs or simply stress; Also for these reasons, we could end up with abdominal bloating.
Bloated Belly. The causes.
Summarizing, therefore, the causes can, unfortunately, be manifold, since this digestive organ is extremely sensitive, and exposed daily to substances that can alter its functionality.
The main causes can be:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Poor digestion
- Liver disease and intestinal pathologies
- Fatty foods, excessive sugars and carbonated drinks
- Feeding with excess fiber
- Tension or stress states, headache
- Eat quickly swallowing air
- Lactose intolerance or celiac disease
- Other medical conditions
How to get rid of bloating?
First of all it is important to correct your habits which can be the cause of abdominal bloating.
In particular, we must keep in mind to: drink at least 1.5 L of water a day; eat slowly and chew food well; avoid abuse of fatty, sugary or very spicy foods; do not drink more than 2 or 3 coffees a day; practice abdominal distension practices daily, such as yoga or pilates, as they can give us a feeling of relaxation.
There are also natural remedies, in case bloating appears, which are very effective:
- Ginger: an excellent remedy for abdominal bloating is the fresh root of this plant since the properties of ginger and its active ingredients are anti-inflammatory and carminative, that is, they promote normal digestion and remove gases from our intestines. We can take it as candied ginger, or powdered ginger, or even grating the fresh root in our dishes, even several times a day.
Ginger is used in many recipes and is easy to find even in food stores.
- Fennel: this plant with a pleasant aroma has a fruit particularly rich in specific vitamins and mineral salts that reduce flatulence and abdominal bloating. It also has a detoxifying liver function. Finally, being rich in flavonoids and phytoestrogens, fennel has a regularizing effect on the menstrual cycle.
- Vegetable carbon: this particular substance presents an important remedy for flatulence, thanks to the mucilage it creates in the intestine. However, due to its action, it must be taken away from drugs, and can induce constipation.
- Probiotics: they are live or dried cultures, an excellent remedy for those suffering from dysbiosis or more generally intestinal disorder, thanks to their anti-inflammatory action and ability to rebalance the intestinal flora. They are very frequent components in food supplements that fight precisely intestinal disorders.
How to reduce bloating with a complete remedy.
In PromoPharma® laboratories Xanaslim® Flat Belly was developed: a supplement made up of dry plant extracts and active ingredients of plant origin, to manage the various causes of abdominal bloating. It is particularly suitable for people suffering from this nuisance caused by various causes, such as:
- Poor digestion
- Incorrect power supply
- Stress and anxiety
- Altered intestinal bacterial flora
Why does it work? What are its components?
It is a complete supplement in its formulation because it acts on all possible causes of abdominal bloating.
A deficiency of enzymes can be the cause of poor digestion and cause annoying pain, swelling and flatulence.
We find Galactosidases, enzymes essential for the body because they promote the digestion of food, in particular: α-galactosidase promotes the digestion of oligosaccharides present in white flours, legumes and fruit, avoiding that they become a fermentation substrate for certain types of microorganisms that populate the intestine.
The intake of Probiotics is useful to rebalance the intestinal bacterial flora and to counteract the formation of swelling and bloating.
L. plantarum (probiotic microorganism) effectively counteracts gas-forming bacteria (which produce gas and air). Another probiotic is L. acidophilus which can improve digestion and promote the assimilation of nutrients from food. It also contributes to the production of the lactase enzyme for the digestion of lactose.
Fennel is a carminative or that allows the expulsion of gases from the stomach and intestines. It decreases abdominal swelling by limiting intestinal fermentation.
Ginger root, also an efficient carminative, is able to promote digestion by increasing the production of saliva, bile and gastric juices, thus alleviating swelling and cramps due to intestinal gas.
Chamomile acts on the body giving a relaxing effect on it. In addition, it has carminative and digestive properties that can relieve abdominal pain.
How to take it?
We recommend taking 1-2 capsules a day, before main meals. The product has also been formulated in gastro-resistant capsules to preserve enzymes and probiotics from degradation by gastric juices.