Bloating or gas is a feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdominal area accompanied by abdominal pain. The sources of gases in the abdomen are firstly the colon and second the air aspirated by the mouth, Ayurveda believes the life depends on three things food habits or digestion, sleep, and control over sexual urges.
Occasionally having gases or bloating after a meal or after travelling for a long distance is quite common and absolutely normal, but recurrent gas and pain is something to be taken care about and need not to be ignored, common reasons for bloating are: swallowing air with food, having a nap after meal, taking excess water immediately after meal, sedentary lifestyle and improper eating habits leads to impairment of digestive fire ultimately leads to indigestion and bloating as well as abdominal gases and pain. Which makes a sense of discomfort and irritation leading to chronic a illness which needs to be treated.
General causative factors for bloating
- Swallowing air with food (usually happens while chewing a gum, smoking or eating too fast)
- Overeating causes excess stimulation of colon to produce gases
- GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Weight Gain (most common cause)
- Menstruation (In some women)
According to Ayurveda
- Bloating with distention is mainly a vata disorder called ‘Adhmana’. Vata can be aggravated due to many reasons.
- Improper food habits, sleep disorders and stress disturbs the lifestyle. Not following the seasonal regimen ‘Ritucharya’ and forcibly suppressing the natural urges such as urine and faeces leads to aggravation of vata causing vata disorders.
Other causes could be medical conditions such as:
- IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
- PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
- Liver disease (abnormal building up of fluid in stomach)
- Crohn’s disease
- Obstruction of bowel or bladder
- Cancer (ovarion, uterine, colon, pancreatic or stomach )
- Mental health such as anxiety or depression
- Drugs induced
Common symptoms of bloating include abdominal pain, gases and discomfort which may lead to belching or burping frequently or leading to abdominal rumbling or gurgling. Chronic bloating may leads to other severe problems such as
- Blood with stools [dysentery]
- Measurable weight loss without trying
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vomiting frequently
- Severe heartburn
Lifestyle Regimen Management
Symptoms of abdominal bloating and gases can be treated by a minor change in daily lifestyle such as losing weight. To reduce swelling of air, one can follow:
- Avoid Carbonated drinks
- Avoid vegetables such as beans, lentils, eggplant.
- Avoid eating Dal and Rajma
- Eat slowly, avoid the usage of straws.
- Use lactose free products those who have lactose-intolerance.
- Avoid drinking excess water after the meal.
- Avoid day sleeping or sleeping
- Immediately after a meal.
- Take a walk of 15-20 minutes after
- Every meal.
- Have dinner at least 2 hour prior to Bedtime.
- Have a tablespoon of cumin with a glass of lukewarm water in order to prevent gases and abdominal pain.
Yoga and Exercise
- Bridge pose
- Adho mukha savasana
When to visit a doctor?
Usually, bloating is a common problem, but having persistent bloating and pain, need not to be entertained, contact our clinic, or visit our official website on nirog street to get expert advice.
The most common source of gas is intestinal gas produced by bacteria present in the colon
Burping is more common with foods that relax the sphincter at the lower end of the oesophagus joining the stomach. Such as mint, chocolate, high fat food.