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I used to suffer from abdominal bloating, and I was finally able to reduce bloating after looking closer at my diet.

Stomach bloating is a common complaint suffered by millions of people of all ages. Most of us have experienced that over stuffed feeling at one time or another however for some people stomach bloating is an every day occurrence that can make meal times a constant battle.

Causes of Stomach Bloating

There are several factors that contribute to stomach bloating and most of them are food related. If you are a sufferer you need to find out what is your bloat trigger in order to help you deal with the problem and treat it properly. For many women, bloating may be hormone related and the result of a build up of fluid especially in the week prior to menstruation. When an imbalance occurs in the body, excess fluid can build up in spaces between cells.

Abdominal Bloating Remedies

Diuretics (water tablets) are not always the best solution as these can lead to dehydration and dizziness. A better solution is to cut down on salt and alcohol intake and increase potassium levels. Good natural sources of potassium include fruit (especially bananas), vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds, milk, fish, shellfish, beef and poultry.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Stomach Bloating

Irritable bowel syndrome can cause stomach bloating. Treating ibs and digestive problems can be difficult and treatments should be discussed with your GP. Some of the more common remedies include anti-spasmodic tablets, peppermint oil capsules and charcoal products. Probiotic drinks and yoghurts may also be helpful by encouraging good bacteria and helping to maintain a healthy gut.

Additional Causes of Bloated Stomach

Stress can also be a factor in abdominal bloating. The link between the digestive system and emotions is well documented. Many people suffer from a 'nervous tummy' and most of us are familiar with that stomach lurching feeling or that urgent need to rush to the loo when we are anxious. Taking time to eat slowly and chewing food properly can be helpful.

Try eating smaller portions and putting the fork down between mouthfuls. Relaxation techniques or hypnosis may be the best long term solutions to help to deal with stomach bloating caused by stress.

Probably the most common cause of stomach bloating is food intolerance.

To find out what your bloating triggers are you will need to follow an elimination diet. This involves following a strict, bland diet for a few days until your stomach bloating has gone and then gradually re-introducing individual foods and keeping a record of any reaction you may experience. You should soon be able to pinpoint which foods are responsible for your stomach bloating which will enable you to cut down on these products and control your symptoms.