Topic of this article might be quite awkward, but it is something with what almost everyone has problem sometimes and it is not always just something little unpleasant, but it can be also pretty painful. I think everyone should know that there is no need to suffer and there are great natural, cheap solutions how to get rid of gas and bloating.
First is important to know that it is never good to hold the gas, but of course there se many situations in life when you just cannot let ’em go, but when you can, go to bathroom or anywhere where its possible and let the gas go. Now lets take a look at those 10 best home and natural remedies for gas and bloating.
In fact I’m drinking ginger tea right now when I’m writing this. Not only it has great taste, but it has so many health benefits that I would really like to suggest it to everyone. One of the greatest benefits of ginger is that it is absolutely great to calm your digestive system and it almost does not matter what caused the problem.
Characteristic odor and taste of ginger is caused by a mixture of gingerols, shogaols and zingerone. In tests on laboratory animals, the gingerols showed that they increase the motility of the gastrointestinal tract, have great analgesic, sedative, antipyretic and also antibacterial properties. Ginger just perfectly relax intestinal tract and prevents the formation of gas in your intestines.
How to make ginger tea? It is really extremely simple. Just cut small piece of ginger, peel the skin and then slice 5-7 quarter sized pieces, put them in mug and pour very hot water, almost boiling. Then wait about ten minutes and so and you have delicious drink that will help you with your gas and bloating, but also other digestion problems.
You do not of course need to make tea, you can just eat small piece of ginger and it will also help.
Or you can try this, if you don’t always have fresh ginger at home. I love this tea!
2. Diet And Excercise
I know that many people just hate these two words, but it is simply truth that healthy diet and excercise are probably the most important factors when it comes to prevention of most health problems and they are also the most important factor in prevention of gas and bloating. it is very simple, gas is of course caused mostly by diet and also your lifestyle.
Which Foods Causes Gas?
First it is important to understand that every person is different, more precisely everyone has slightly different digestive tract. It depends on two main factors – how well you digest carbohydrates and what kinds of bacteria lives in your intestines. That is the reason why after certain foods some people might get terrible problems with gas and bloating and someone else not. the biggest poroblems are all foods that contains lot of carbohydrates mostly breads, cereals and pastas. Here is short list of foods that are well known for causing gas and bloating:
- artificial sweeteners like xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol
- milk and milk products – everything that contains lactose, for many people it is hard to digest because of lack of enough lactase, which is enzyme needed to properly digest lactose
- sodas, drinks with fruit juice – especially those very sweet juices like apple and pear juice, they add to those corn syrup, which causes lot of gas and bloating
- fruits – especially pears, but also apples, peaches
- asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, mushrooms, artichokes
- bread, cereals, pastas, oats
3.Warm Lemon Water
Do you know what is lemon water? It is exactly the same thing as it sounds. Lemon water is very easily to prepare, just cut three average slices of lemon and squeeze it into glass of really warm water, stir and drink whole glass.
How this helps with gas and bloating? It is very simple. Acidity in lemon stimulates production of hydrochlorid acid in your body and this acid helps to digest food. Better digested food means much leass gas and bloating. Lemon water has also other health benefits, it detoxifies your body, because it helps liver enzymes work more efficient.
4. Eat Right
Not only what you eat, but also how you eat it affects your digestion a lot. Most important is to eat slowly and chew food thoroughly. Chewing is no miracle remedy for gas and bloating, but when you eat slowly and chew food really thorougly, you help your body digest food better and faster, which means less gas and bloating. Proper chewing is not the only important thing you should do (or shouldn’t) while eating to get rid of problems with gas.
What you should avoid:
- drinking extremely cold or hot beverages
- eating too much, big portions
- using a straw
- eating while you are upset
- eating and talking in the same time
- drinking from water fountain
5. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint has relaxing and antispasmodic properties, so it can help relieve spasms in your gastrointestinal tract. It helps food to pass (also swallowed air) right through your digestive tract, but that is not all what peppermint can do to reduce gas and bloating.
Essential oils found in peppermint stimulates your gallbladder to release more bile which helps your body with digesting fats. It also helps your liver, it has detoxifying effect on it and even it might seem this has nothing to do with digestion, it is not truth. Liver that is well functioning is vital for good digestion and therefore means also less gas and bloating.
6. Chamomile Tea
Here is another tea that can help you to get rid of gas and bloating. Peppermint tea is maybe something what not everyone likes and if that is for any reason your case, you can try chamomile tea instead.
Chamomile has antispasmotic, anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties which can all help you with gas and bloating, however peppermint is still stronger. If you can use ppermint tea, chamomile tea is then something like second best option.
I love the smell of anise, but I have to admit that I did not know it can be also helpful when you have problems with gas.
Anise is botanically known as Pimpinella anisum. It is an annual herb native to the Mediterranean region and Middle East. Anethole is the most pharmacologically active ingredient you can find in the seeds. In fact it comprises 75 to 90% of seeds content.
The use of anise as a digestive aid is in fact nothing new. In fact humans use it probably for thousands of years, so it must have positive effects. Use of anise we are sure about dates back to ancient Rome, where anise cakes were served after their famous huge feasts. Anise has some significant antispasmodic effects, which allows it to relax intestinal muscles and thus relieve gas, bloating and also cramps.
8. Activated Charcoal
This is not home remedy, but definetely natural remedy for gas and bloating and in my opinion probably the most powerful one. It belongs among my personal favorites and it has helped me many times in my life with various digestive problems and abdominal pain, especially in childhood, but also as adult I found it very efficient.
Activated charcoal is in fact carbon that has been treated with oxygen.To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of very small internal spaces – pores. This treatment results in extremely porous charcoal, it gives the charcoal surface area of 300-2,000 m2/g! This allows gases to pass through the charcoal and interact with the exposed carbon. It can somehow “trap” chemicals. It works by absorbing chemicals, thus reducing their toxicity (poisonous nature), through the entire length of the stomach and small and large intestines (GI tract). The same way it can absorb various swallowed poisons, it can also absorb gas created by bacteria in our intestines.
Activated charcoal is used mostly to treat poisoning, reduce flatulence (gas), lower your cholesterol levels, treat bile flow problems and also it can prevent hangovers.
For gas and bloating relieve, usually only 2-3 capsules are enough. Do not use it hour before or hour after taking medication, since this can adsorb any chemicals. It is also not good to use it long term every day, because it can prevent absorbtion of nutrients.