Abdominal bloating is an uncomfortable and often painful disorder. When bloating is accompanied by gas, it can also become an embarrassing problem. There are many possible causes of bloating. Some have simple solutions that you can safely try on your own at home. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional before trying any new regimen.


The most common cause of bloating is gas. It is normal to have gas--everyone does to some extent. Stress and eating the wrong foods can often trigger too much gas. There are numerous over-the-counter remedies for gas and bloating such as Gas-X and Tums readily available in any drugstore. Try cutting down on foods that cause gas such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, onions, apples, whole grains, dairy products, and other products that contain lactose.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that causes symptoms such as cramping pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Many people struggle with this as a long-term issue and find it challenging to control. While the condition is not life threatening, the pain and discomfort it causes are very real. Doctors often suggest trying over the counter treatments to help with the symptoms, but will sometimes prescribe anti-cramping medications in more severe cases. The main way to control IBS is through diet, stress management, and exercise. Experiment by staying away from trigger foods, make sure to get a high daily dose of fiber to combat constipation, stay active, and drink plenty of fluids.


According to MyStudentHealthZone.com, malnutrition is one cause of bloating of the abdomen. Even in a country where food is plentiful malnutrition can occur when food consumed is void of the necessary nutrients. Some people have medical conditions preventing the proper absorption of nutrients by the body.

Toxins in our food not easily absorbed into our digestive system also interfere with nutrient absorption. Additionally, much of the food consumed in the United States is of poor nutritive quality, compounding the problem.

Bad Eating Habit

Correcting poor eating behaviors may resolve abdominal bloating. Changing such habits as eating too fast, swallowing too much air with your food, and talking while chewing your food can make all the difference.

Natural Remedies

There is an abundance of natural supplements designed to assist digestive health. Sweet Fennel, Pasque Flower, and Arctium lappa are popular choices among herbal supplements to effectively relieve bloating and distension.

Another popular choice is probiotics. Medicinenet.com reports "Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. Also known as "friendly bacteria" or "good bacteria". probiotics also come in pill format and can be found in many yogurt products.