Different solutions can be proposed depending on whether or not the bloating is accompanied by flatulence, drowsiness …
We are only bloated: vegetable charcoal or simethicone
The gases are “absorbed” with vegetable charcoal or simethicone. Taken without a meal, their effect is usually rapid.
the vegetable coal fixes gases and toxins. Against bloating, it is used in doses of 500 mg to 1 g per dose. As it can hinder the absorption of certain molecules, it is recommended to take it at least 2 hours away from any other treatment.
The simeticone, it does not have this drawback. It works by promoting the rupture of gas bubbles. As the action of these substances varies from person to person, we try both.
Bloating associated with heaviness: we put on plants
We feel an impression of heaviness and drowsiness after the meal as if it had been too generous … which is not always the case! We then turn to plants for digestive purposes, some of which, called carminative, also limit the formation of gastric and intestinal gas. Unavoidable, fennel, whose use to relieve bloating and heaviness is recognized by the European Medicines Agency and the WHO, but also coriander, cumin, green anise or star anise (star anise).
These plants are well tolerated and are used on an ad hoc basis or, if the symptoms persist, as a 10 to 15 day cure. Beware of fennel which, due to a weak estrogenic action, should be avoided in large or prolonged doses in the event of hormone-dependent cancer (breast). If necessary, you can add charcoal. We do not take it at the same time as the plants and we avoid ready-made formulas associating it with plants.
Against digestive disorders, the essential oil of peppermint
Traditionally used in digestive disorders associated with bloating and / or mild abdominal pain, peppermint essential oil is antispasmodic and stimulates bile secretions. It is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding and should not be used for self-medication before the age of 8 or in cases of asthma or a history of seizures. It is taken at the rate of one drop, 2 to 3 times a day, for example on a tablet of vegetable charcoal. No more than 4 to 5 days of continuous intake.
Digestive enzymes for a large meal
Taking them facilitates the assimilation of proteins and helps reduce bloating. This is the case with the papain extracted from papaya or bromelain extracted from pineapple. They are taken in combination with plants for a global action, either as a one-off or for ten days.
If these inconveniences are frequent and painful, associated with transit disorders, it is better to talk to your doctor.