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Natural Remedies for bloating/ flatulence

Stomach gas is a body’s natural process that occurs when the food in our digestive track gets broken down by the digestive enzymes. It is totally okay to pass the gas that forms because that would mean that your system is working properly, but it somehow gets greatly more embarrassing if, along with energy and nutrition, some foods, if consumed, causes discomfort in our abdominal area due causing more than usual stomach gas results in an uncomfortable state of bloating, stomach pain, flatulence and discharge of gas that stinks really bad.

Bloating is caused when air instead of getting released, gets trapped in the intestine area, causing the abdomen to swell. An aggravated gas production can be caused due to:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease
  • Bowel Syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Intake of lentils
  • Ingestion of Sugary items like lactose, fructose, sorbitol etc.
  • Eating fast
  • Gulping in air, when you eat
  • Stress

In order to combat the discomfort and save ourselves from a trip to doctors or a drug store to get a medication, thankfully we have the solution available right at our very own homes! What’s better than getting all-natural remedies to cure bloating, prevent excessive intestinal gas formation and get an easy exit strategy from falling prey to any embarrassing situation?

Natural Remedies:

Add some herbs to your diet to counter gas formation and flatulence. Some of the natural remedies are enlisted below:

  1. Rosemary, sage, and thyme: used toflatulence
  2. Clove: help relieve gas
  3. Cinnamon: A popular spice renowned for its medicinal properties for curing bloating and acts as anti-inflammatory.
  4. Cardamom helps stop belching and flatulence
  5. Fennel seeds used as a cure for bad breath and gastric problems.

Usage:

  • Chew half a spoon fennel seeds after meals
  1. Persian Cumin/Caraway has been used for centuries as a remedy bloating

Take a handful of caraway seeds  and chew.

  1. Peppermint relaxes the muscles of the stomach, improves flow of bile for fats digestion, and lets the food pass smoothly through stomach.

Peppermint oil works wonders in reduction of flatulence and has been used has a remedy for abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Peppermint tea works effectively for bloating and stomach pain.
Usage:

Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of water; freshly boiled. Steep it for at least 5 minutes, then strain. However, in case you suffer from gastro esophageal reflux or heartburn then it is better not to use this remedy!

  1. Anise: A flavoring agent that also possesses anti-spasmodic and carminative properties; i.e. it relaxes the digestive track and helps relieve bloating.
  2. Ginger: A very popular remedy for treating digestive issues including flatulence, dyspepsia, nausea, and abdominal pain.

Usage:

  • Make ginger tea: A teaspoon of fresh root ginger in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, strain and enjoy.
  • Take ginger capsules from market
  • Intake tincture of 30 drops before meals
  • Eat fresh root ginger’s chunk
  1. Turmeric: It has anti-inflammatory properties that remarkably aids in easing indications of indigestion.
  2. Herbal bitters: helps act against the stomach acid. Speeds up digestion and reduces bloating.

Usage:

Add 1 teaspoonful if bitters in a glass of fresh boiled water. Take before every meal.

  1. Chamomile has soothing and sedative qualities that is used as a remedy for diarrhea, bloating, heartburn, nausea, motion sickness, stomach cramps.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar: An enzyme that gives a boost to the digestive system.

Usage:

  • Mix a glass of full of warm water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Drink before meals
  1. Activated Charcoal: An effective cure for intestinal gas that is easily available in the form of supplements.
  2. Papaya known as the “fruit of the angels” is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and Vitamin K. It is also used as an antioxidant. The active ingredient in papaya is called papain; an enzyme that lessen gas in the stomach and helps in better food digestion.

Usage:

  • As tea, available in form of teabags
  • As supplements.
  1. Bio-Yogurt contains good bacteria (acidophilus/ biphidus) that fights against acid reflux and prevents excessive gas enclosure in the stomach.

Usage:

Eat at least two to three small tablespoons with meals, or after meals

  1. Asafoetida a spiceused in Indian foods, is considered a remedy for gas

Usage:

Mix the spice with some water and make a paste then apply on stomach. Leave it on for about ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse with water

  1. Caraway seeds or crackers: helps to release entrapped gas.

Usage:

Eat a pinch of caraway seeds or a few caraway crackers, every morning

19.   Pumpkin reduces the amount of gas in the abdomen.

Usage:

Eat pumpkin along with meals, at least equal to 1 cup

  1. Yellow Mustard: Effective for curing flatulence

 

Do and Don’t:

It is said that ‘prevention is better than cure’ so it is wise to apply it practically. It can save us from many miseries. It is better to avoid some of the bad habits and food causing flatulence. Here a few simple things to follow.

  1. Avoid drinking fuzzy beverages
  2. Eat slow
  • Chew your food thoroughly and with your mouth shut
  1. Do not eat gassy foods
  2. Add fiber to diet
  3. Soak beans in water, before cooking
  • Avoid eating any notorious foods that makes you feel gassy; like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, prunes, broccoli, onions, raisins, bran, Brussels sprouts.
  • The egg yolk also contributes to smelly gas, avoid its intake.
  1. Avoid intake of items that contain sweeteners like mannitol, xylitol and sorbitol.
  2. If you are lactose intolerant, try to give up on dairy items
  3. If you feel pain in the abdominal cavity,lie down on your back with your knees pulled up towards your chest for a few minutes or kneel down, with your head down and legs in the air to allow the entrapped wind to escape.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take a walk
  • Drink warm lemon water, every morning keeps the doctor away.

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