In as much as gas production is a natural part of the digestive process, numerous people dread passing gas, especially in social gatherings. An uncontrollable fart could be considered embarrassing in such a gathering.
However, it must be noted that everyone passes gas. Most people pass gas about 12 to 21 times in a day. The act of passing gas through the mouth is called burping or belching. The act of passing gas through the anus is called flatulence.
Gas does not have an odor. The odor comes from the bacteria in the large intestine that releases small amounts of gas which contain sulfur.
Major causes of gas include;
- Swallowing air while eating
- Foods that the body find difficult to digest such as fiber
- Poor absorption of nutrients by the body (malabsorption)
- Use of antibiotics
- Eating or drinking something you body finds difficult to tolerate. For example, people that are lactose intolerant find it difficult to digest and absorb diary products
- Poor digestion of nutrients by the body (maldigestion)
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with gas and gas pain;
- Avoid the consumption of foods that contain difficult-to-digest carbohydrates such as fructose.
- Minimize your consumption of beans and cabbage.
- Avoid the consumption of lactose especially if you are lactose intolerant.
- Try going for a light walk after eating.
- Avoid chewing gum.
- Avoid the consumption of carbonated beverages.
- Eat your food slowly.
- Endeavor to chew your food more thoroughly.
- Relax while eating. Do not rush your food.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for relieving gas and gas pain;
1. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds can aid in decreasing the unsettling conditions that bring about gas. Fennel seeds have oil that is capable of relieving the frequent gas condition. You can dry and grind fennel seeds to create a powder. Then, take half teaspoon of the powder twice daily with water. You will get your desired results quickly.
Fresh garlic can help you stimulate your digestion. You can use the garlic bulb which can treat gas and bloat.
Triphala can soothe the entire digestive tract and is actually one of the most effective treatments for difficulties and flatulence that are related to the digestive tract. You can take Triphala powder together with honey and warm water. Mix half a teaspoon of Triphala powder with one teaspoon of honey in half a cup of warm water. Drink the mixture before going to sleep.
You can combine fresh ginger with other ingredients, such as honey, in order to relieve gas and bloating. You can take ginger juice which contains some active ingredients such as zingiberene. Ginger can also reduce flatulence caused by ingestion or intestinal disorders. Ginger also stimulates the growth of essential bacteria in the digestive system.
For this remedy, you can crush fresh ginger to create a paste, boil some water in a pan for about 5 minutes, then, add the ginger paste to the boiled water. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Sip this ginger tea throughout the day. You will start feeling some relief after about 15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can mix 200ml of boiled water with ginger powder and stir well. Add one teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Stir well and drink few small sips throughout the day.
Fresh pineapple juice is rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are essential for a healthy wellbeing. Pineapple can be used to treat stomach infections, constipation, and indigestion. Furthermore, pineapple has bromelain enzyme that is very important for digestion and ensures the neutralization of acidic fluid in the stomach. Also, bromelain enzyme aids in the break down of protein, thus, aiding in digestion. Bromelain also regulates the pancreas which aids in digestion.
For this remedy, simply include pineapple in your diet or make, and drink, pineapple juice.
Papaya is rich in papain which is an enzyme that helps in digestion and facilitates detoxification of the body. Papain also helps prevent the accumulation of undigested proteins in the colon. It is also known that the papain, extracted from papaya, is used in the treatment of digestive disorders such as gas pain and bloating.
You can use papaya by washing it in water, then peeling off its skin. Remove all the seeds inside papaya, chop it into small slices and grate it. Extract the grated papaya to make some fresh papaya juice, add one tablespoon of milk to the juice and mix them well to make a paste. You can add some ices and drink the juice twice daily for a week.
Apples contain pectin, protopectin and pectin acids which make apples one of the best foods for aiding digestion. Apples also contain fiber which allows the fruit to be digested quickly and allows for the speedy digestion of other foods, in the intestines. Apple also helps to remove food waste quickly from the body. For this remedy, it is preferable to eat whole apples rather than taking apple juice which doesn’t have the fiber.
Peppermint can stimulate the digestive system and treat symptoms of gas pain, bloating and discomfort in the stomach. You can take peppermint oil which is very effective in treating indigestion and abdominal pain quickly as well as helping to flush the intestinal tract. People who use peppermint oil can consume a variety of delicious food without indigestion challenges.
Alternatively, you can make peppermint tea at home by taking about 5 grams of peppermint leaves, washing them thoroughly, then steep them in about 250ml of hot water for a few minutes. Take this tea twice daily.
Watermelon can expunge the excess water that causes bloating in the stomach. Watermelon is mainly water, therefore, taking the fruit helps the body displace a corresponding amount of water. This helps purify the body and reduce bloating. You can eat watermelon directly or take it as juice.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to help in treating flatulence, indigestion as well as heartburn. ACV has a neutralizing effect that reduces the stomach acidic fluids which cause gas pain and bloating. You can add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into one cup of water to dilute the ACV. Take this remedy before a meal for better results.
11. Cooked Vegetables And Fruits
Vegetables and fruits are high in insoluble fiber that can get through the digestive tract easily. However, such insoluble fiber is difficult for the body to break down and absorb them. As such, boiling vegetables and fruits help soften the fiber in vegetables and fruits thus making them easier to absorb.
12. Massage The Abdomen With Essential Oils
You can make use some hot essential oils or form a mixture of garlic oil and soya bean oil in a ratio of 1:1 and then gently massage around the navel area in a clockwise direction and then reverse quickly. This will give you a pleasant feeling and reduce gas pain.
Pear is rich in fiber and has a refreshing and rejuvenating function in the body. They also contain pectin and hemicellulose which can aid in absorbing water in our body making the fiber to swell and promote digestion activity in the intestines. You should eat pears without peeling the skin since it contains more fiber.
Banana has the ability to alleviate flatulence and flatten the abdomen. Banana has potassium and Vitamin A which helps the body remove water from the cells that cause abdominal distention. Bananas can also enhance the production of sodium in the body which can help reduce the tendency of bloating and flatulence.
Celery is a vegetable used to make delicious and nutritious dishes. Celery contains a lot of water, nitrogen and other important minerals. Celery is also essential in curbing flatulence and gas pain. You can pick fresh celery, cut off the roots and wash thoroughly. Grate the celery and squeeze the grated celery to get fresh juice. Add 1 teaspoon of honey in the juice and mix well. Boil the mixture under medium heat for about 25 minutes. Drink the solution. Repeat this about three times every twenty days.
Lemon has very high levels of acid that makes it effective in eliminating excess food from the body. When you are suffering from gas pain and bloating you can take one glass of lemon juice. You can also take the lemon juice together with manuka honey. This would help curb gas pain and flatulence.
Asparagus contains inulin, a type of carbohydrate which is essential in making the intestinal tissues function well. Inulin also promotes the growth of the intestinal beneficial bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Asparagus is also rich in fiber content that can give a laxative effect. You can add asparagus to your dish in order to treat gas and bloating.
18. Baking Soda And Water
Add a quarter teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water. Consume as soon as you start experiencing gastric issues, such as gas pain and flatulence, in the stomach. This solution is one of the best home remedies for gas troubles, in the stomach, and is known to give relatively instant results.
Other than being an excellent spice, turmeric has numerous nutritional and herbal value that can improve your digestion and treat the gas pain in your stomach while healing you from inside. You can add turmeric to your dishes. Furthermore, consuming turmeric can help prevent future gas problems in your stomach.
Buttermilk is associated with potent digestive qualities that make it a perfect home remedy for gas and bloating. Buttermilk provides a cooling effect to your irritated intestines and provides soothing relief. Furthermore, the lactic acid, in buttermilk, helps in reducing the gas inside the stomach, thus reducing the bloating and giving your stomach relief. You can take buttermilk every time you feel some gastric uneasiness in your stomach.
21. Coriander Seeds
Coriander promotes the production of digestive enzymes which can help reduce indigestion, thus, helping you to calm your stomach pain. You can use coriander together with buttermilk as buttermilk is capable of neutralizing acidic fluids causing indigestion. You can add some roasted coriander seed powder in the buttermilk and stir them well to make a fine mixture. Drink the mixture once or twice daily. Alternatively, you can extract a teaspoon of fresh coriander leaves juice and mix it in a cup of buttermilk. Drink the mixture twice or thrice daily.
22. Cumin Seed, Black Pepper, And Buttermilk
Cumin seed is very important in treating digestive problems like indigestion, flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea. Cumin seed can stimulate the secretion of the pancreatic enzymes that aid in digestion. You can mix 1 teaspoon of roasted cumin seed powder in water, stir well and drink it whenever you have indigestion problems. Alternatively, you can add a quarter teaspoon, each, of roasted cumin seed powder and black pepper in buttermilk and stir well to make a fine mixture. Drink the mixture twice or 3 times daily for a few days.
23. Pomegranate Juice And Honey
Pomegranate juice has the ability to balance the acid your stomach. Honey, on the other hand, is an antioxidant and helps get rid of harmful free radicals. A combination of pomegranate and honey gives you an effective remedy that will help you get rid of indigestion faster. For this remedy, mix 1 tablespoon of pomegranate juice with 1 tablespoon of honey, stir them well until they form a consistent mixture. Drink this mixture twice daily.
Gentian is a bitter herb that can help in stimulating digestion. It can curb gas, bloating and other symptoms of indigestion. You can consume about 2 grams of dried gentian root daily in form of tea in order to improve your digestion.
Asafoetida is also known as Hing. Along being used as a spice, asafoetida can also be used in treating numerous digestive challenges such as flatulence, constipation, gas pain and bloating. Take 1 pinch of asafoetida and add it to a glass of lukewarm water, stir well and consume the mixture twice or thrice daily to get a better result.
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