Reduce bloating naturally with Ayurveda
It is hard to focus on anything when you are bloated and your stomach feels balloony. Besides, chronic bloating is an indication that something is not right with your digestion. Thus, if ignored, bloating can balloon into severe digestive disorders.
Why does bloating happen?
Bloating happens in the abdominal area when air or gas accumulates in the digestive tract.
Many factors may lead to bloating like stress, body posture, wrong food intake, irregular meal time, etc.
However, wrong food choices are the most significant factor that leads to bloating.
What are the causes for Bloating according to Ayurveda?
Ayurveda says that three main factors may lead to bloating –
Stress is a huge disrupting factor that triggers the sympathetic response in the body. As a result, the body gets into an emergency metabolic mode. The blood flow to the digestive tract is diverted to the muscles. Thus, with chronic stress, the digestive becomes stiff over some time. It is a primitive response that helped our ancestors to fight or take flight from impending danger. However, today this primitive mode triggered by stress only leads to bloating and multiple other problems.
Ayurveda says that each food item has guna-dharma or properties that influence metabolism. It classifies some foods as vatakari (the one that increases vata dosha).
Excess or improper consumption of these foods leads to bloating.
Some of the notable foods that may trigger bloating are –
- Green peas
- All leafy greens
- Mustard leaves
- All types of millets
- Urad dal (Black gram)
Ayurveda praises milk for its dosha pacifying properties. However, the A1 milk (milk with A1 casein protein, present in hybrid cattle) and related milk products can cause severe bloating, indigestion, and allergies
- Random daily routine
- Sleeping late at night
- Waking up late
- Inadequate sleep
- Sleeping immediately after a meal
- Eating cold things (ice cream) after a meal
- Drinking cold water immediately before or after a meal
- Sedentary lifestyle
How to relieve bloating naturally?
Nidan Parivarjanam (removal of the cause)
Ayurveda says that removal of the cause is the fundamental and indispensable step of the treatment. It is impossible to treat a disorder even with the best of medicines, without removing the causal factors.
Therefore, if you want lasting relief from bloating try to eliminate as many causal factors as possible from your diet and lifestyle
Ayurvedic cooking techniques to prevent bloating
Charak Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text says that all vegetables that can cause bloating must be cooked with a tempering of cumin seeds and asafoetida. Besides, Indian curries and cooked vegetables contain a plethora of warm herbs that naturally prevent bloating.
Also, the moisturizing effect of oils/ghee, coupled with the warmth of spices in an Indian curry also helps to combat bloating. Therefore, you can incorporate Ayurvedic cooking tips and prevent bloating effectively.
Ayurvedic herbs for bloating
Some Ayurvedic herbs create a warming and moisturizing effect in the digestive tract. They also help to enhance digestion and help to release the gas produced in the abdomen.
Some of the important Ayurvedic herbs for bloating are –
- Carum seeds (ajwain)
- Cumin seeds (jeera)
- Black pepper
- Black cardamom
- Curry leaves
- Fenugreek seeds
There are many more Ayurvedic herbs and spices that are effective against bloating. You can make tea/decoction with them or use these spices in cooking.
The bottom line is that there are so many natural and herbal methods to prevent and treat bloating that you may never need to resort to harmful chemicals to relieve bloating.