Diseases & Conditions

Abdominal Bloating

Abdominal bloating is a common gastrointestinal complaint that is described as fullness in the abdominal area. Complaints of swelling or increase in diameter of the abdominal area or abdominal pain may also be present depending on the cause. Although abdominal bloating is often a benign problem, it is important to realize that other conditions can cause an increase in abdominal girth (for example fluid or tumors). It is important to be evaluated by your physician to determine that your symptom is not something more serious.

Management of abdominal bloating

Management of abdominal bloating is aimed at treating the underlying cause. There is no specific that will work for all patients.

Foods that cause excessive gas and bloating include:

Beans, cabbage, lentils, brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, broccoli, apricots, prunes, pan fried/deep fried foods, oily foods, coffee, tea, chocolate, fatty foods, garlic, pretzels, and dairy products.


Simethicone (Gas X, Phazyme, Flatulex, Mylicon, Mylanta Gas)
Prokinetic drugs (Reglan, Metozol ODT, Octamide)
Stool softeners
Other therapies may be recommended by your physician based on your specific situation.

Non-Pharmacological / Herbal:

Celery seeds
Fennel tea, Ginger tea, Peppermint tea
Clove Oil, Eucalyptus Oil
Probiotics (Acidophilus, Align, Digestive Advantage)
Papaya pills
Boiled water with 1 tsp ground cinnamon (with sweetened honey)

Alternative therapies:

Detoxification formulas

Lifestyle Changes

Exercise if able to do so
Do not lie down after eating

If constipation is a factor with bloating, you may need to increase your fiber. Be aware that certain high fiber foods can increase bloating such as raw vegetables.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (877) 891-ENDO (3636), or fill out our online contact form here.