Gas and bloating is a condition in the stomach that makes it appear larger and stiff. The stomach tightens and feels full. This happens due to the gas buildup in the small intestine. We can experience pain in the stomach area, cramps, belching, flatulence, lower back pain, shortness of breath and even diarrhea.
What cause gas and bloating?
Bloating is mostly caused by gas buildup in the intestine, but it can also be brought on by:
- Peptic ulcers
- Water retention
- Trapped air
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- And premenstrual syndrome
The best way to relieve bloating is to promote bowel movement and release gas from the body (burping and passing gas). There are also other natural remedies that can get rid of bloating.
Here are a few natural remedies you can try:
Anise Seed – this has properties that are known to relieve cramps. It contains anti-spasmodic content and carminative, these relaxes the digestive track and expel built up gas.
Fennel Seed – like anise seed, fennel contains carminative known to remove gas. It is also a natural diuretic, making the digestive track relaxed. It also contains anti-microbial and pain relieving properties. Chewing fennel seed after a meal will help relieve digestive problem.
You can also create a tea with fennel seed, place fennel seed in a cup of hot water and strain.
Ginger – ginger is very well known for its different medicinal uses and reducing bloating and gas is one of them. Ginger contains shogaols and gingerols that help reduce inflammation in the intestines, this relaxes the muscles and reduce cramping. You can create ginger tea or take a tablespoon of fresh ginger before meals.
Peppermint – peppermint contains anti-spasmodic properties that relaxes the digestive track and remove spasms in the intestines. It also helps in passing of food and gas. You can chew on peppermint leaves for instant relief from bloating and gas. You can also drink peppermint tea three times a day to remove bloating.
Activated Charcoal – Activated charcoal contains porous properties that remove excess gas in the intestines and removes bacteria in the stomach. Activated charcoal can be taken from tablet, powder and capsule form.
Chamomile Tea – drinking chamomile tea can reduce bloating and pain in the stomach area. This will also lessen heartburn and stomach spasms.
Bananas – bananas contain a good amount of fiber, making digestion and bowel movement easier. It also contains high amour of potassium that can help relieve bloating and excess gas. You can eat bananas as a snack when you feel bloated.
Pumpkin – pumpkin contains a good amount of fiber, potassium and vitamin A. These contents will help aid digestion, improve bowel movements, prevent flatulence and reduce bloating. Add a cup of pumpkin to your daily meals to reduce gas and prevent buildup.
Warm Lemon Water – drinking warm lemon water will lessen stomach acid and help improve digestion. It can remove gas, reduce bloating and prevent constipation.
Chew Your Food – Gas is created in the stomach when food is broken down. If you chew your food thoroughly, your stomach will have a shorter time to break down food realizing less gas.
Gas is naturally produced by the body, but having it in excess can cause the body to bloat and cause pain. Aside from these natural remedies you can also change your diet. Removing sugary and fatty foods will lessen the production of gas in the intestine. There are also healthy foods that will increase gas in your body, such as broccoli and beans.