There are times when we experience bloating and gas after eating. This may be due to something that we ate that caused gas to appear in our stomach or for water to be retained. Ayurveda practitioners believe that when you constantly experience gas and bloating, they are signs that there is something wrong with your digestion and that your overall health will require more support from you. The good news is that there are Ayurvedic remedies that can help prevent gas and bloating from happening. Here are some that you can practice.
Stick with cooked foods
There are times when eating raw foods, like sushi and sashimi, seems like a good idea. But too much of it can actually lead to some digestive problems. You see, in Ayurveda, the digestive system works like fire. When you eat anything cold, it can actually put out the flame hence your digestive system will need to work doubly hard just to process what you’ve eaten. Cooking your food helps in pre-digesting your food so that your stomach won’t have a hard time breaking it down. This means that there will be less gas or bloating happening.
Drink hot water in the morning
Our digestive system tends to be sluggish in the morning as the digestive juices tend to be low. A good Ayurvedic treatment is to have a cup of hot water in the morning to get the fire started. This helps the digestive system to prepare itself for digesting your breakfast and to get your bowels moving. You should do this every morning even when you are not feeling gassy or bloated.
Most of us are guilty of not chewing our food properly whenever we have our meal because we want to finish it as soon as possible so we can go back to whatever work we were doing. Sometimes, talking while eating can also make us chew and swallow in chunks which can actually increase the chances of gas or bloating even. Ayurveda practice suggests that you chew your food slowly. Not only will you not suffer from gas and bloating, but you’ll also be able to enjoy your meal better.
Spices are common in the kitchen but they are not just for giving your meals an extra kick. They also come with medicinal properties. Fennel, coriander, ginger, and cumin can actually help counteract the gas that tends to form in your stomach when you eat.
Avoid foods that produce gas
There are certain types of foods that can actually trigger gas in the body such as cauliflower, peas, broccoli, and cabbage. If you are not sure which ones give you gas, eliminate them from your diet then re-introduce them to your diet one by one. Pay attention to your body’s reaction so you will know which ones to avoid as much as possible.