Most people experience bloating at some point — whether you get bloated when you’re on your period, from eating too much or the wrong foods, it’s no fun. Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight, usually due to a gas buildup in the GI tract. Bloating also causes the stomach to look larger than usual and can even cause discomfort and pain.
There is a multitude of home remedies to get rid of stomach bloating; we’ve rounded up a few below.
Stretch it out
Sometimes all you need to do is relieve the pressure in your abdomen. Some yoga poses, including child’s pose, happy baby pose, cat and cow, or even squats, can help eliminate the excess pressure. Just beware — this pressure is usually relieved by letting out the excess gas that is built up (if you know what we mean).
Try an abdominal massage
If your discomfort is caused by something you ate, an abdominal massage can help get your bowels moving. The basic steps for an abdominal massage are:
- Start on the right side of your stomach by the pelvic bone.
- Rub in a circular motion up to your ribs.
- Then go straight across to the left side and down to your left hipbone.
- Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion.
- Repeat until the discomfort is gone.
Remember to be gentle when doing an abdominal massage and stop if any pain occurs.
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