“Stomach is the mother of all diseases” is a famous saying. And it is true. What we eat have a tremendous effect on our body and health. Excessive gas in the stomach is very common these days and people are always looking for ways to control it. To get relief from stomach gas or flatulence, there are several home remedies, which are simple and easy, yet very effective to cure and prevent gas. Here are some homes or kitchen based remedial solutions for the treatment and control of intestinal gas relief.
1. Deflate your Diet to Deflate your Stomach
There are certain foods which are notorious for producing excessive gas, wind or flatulence in the stomach. The main culprits are beans, cabbage, bran, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, prunes, raisins, brussels, pear, apple and the list goes on. Remember that fresh fruit and vegetables are very important for health and eliminating them is not advised at all.
Best course is to reduce their intake and substitute them with fruit and vegetables which do not produce gas. The non gassy fruit and vegetables include kale, spinach, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cherries, grapes and a few others. If you just replace the gassy fruit with the non-gassy ones, you can significantly reduce the amount of gas produced in the stomach.
The list of wind producing food is not limited only to the fruits and vegetables but also include other sugary and dairy products. A judicious use of them can help a lot to control flatulence. The artificial sweeteners added to some products contains certain substances which are highly gas producing like sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol etc. Try to avoid them and you are saying a big “NO” to wind and flatulence.
2. Ginger, Super Home Remedy for the Treatment of Gas
Get rid of flatulence bloating in no time! Ginger is such a wonderful herb as it has tons of health benefits. One of them is to control and cure flatulence and also to reduce burping and bloating. Ginger is known for its digestive features and has been in use since ancient times. Ginger’s natural way of treatment is not only cheap and easy but also effective. It is highly anti-inflammatory, helps in digestion and reduces gas and easing bloating and burping. Ginger stimulates digestion and causes the stool to pass smoothly and quickly, leaving the stomach (intestines) behind clean and empty. As no food is left behind in the stomach so the amount of gas is highly reduced in the stomach. It also helps to control and avoid bloating and burping.
How to Use Ginger for the Treatment of Flatulence?
There is nothing as easy as to cure gas by using Ginger. Here are some of the simplest ways to use Ginger as a herbal remedy for the treatment of wind.
a) Ginger Capsule: It is available in capsule from many health and supermarket stores. 100 mg of ginger 2 or 3 times a day is enough to avoid bloating and prevent gas.
b) Also available in the form of tincture. 30 drops of tincture before meal is a great way of natural treatment of gas in the stomach.
c) Simply grate ginger and leave it in the boiled water for around 5 minutes and then sip it.
d) It is also available in tea bags from health food shops or super markets. A cup of Ginger tea after your meal will not only add a great taste to your meal but is also a great solution to be used as natural treatment for wind and flatulence.
e) If you cannot do any of the above, then the simplest way to use Ginger is just take a slice of ginger, bite it, chew it and swallow it….lol. Be ready for the fight! And don’t forget to take only a small amount of it.
3. Cardamom: Digests Food and Helps Control Gas
Cardamom is readily available from any shop including the corner shops. In the East and Asian countries, Cardamom is added to green tea to increase its digestive properties. It helps digest the food and the likelihood of gas in the stomach is reduced. Cardamom can be added to tea, boiled water or simply chewed.
4. Peppermint: A Herbal Solution to Avoid Bloating and Flatulence
It can be used as tea bags or just fresh leaves to be added to boiled water. The fresh leaves can also be chewed for the cure. Peppermint contains menthol which helps to reduce gas and bloating. However, it has been reported that not to use peppermint in case of
Gastroesophageal reflux or heart burn. So be cautious!
5. Papaya: Best Home Remedy(ies) and its Anti Flatulence Properties
Christopher Columbus called Papaya “fruit of the angels”. It is a wonderful fruit and has many health benefits. It is rich in vitamins C, A, K and E. It also contains antioxidants and flavonoids. It also contains an enzyme called papain which helps in digesting proteins thus helps to reduce gas in the stomach. Papaya enzymes are available as supplements. However, these should not be used without the advice of your doctor. Eating the whole fruit is much safer and beneficial.
Papaya is also used in the tea form. The tea is made of papaya leaves and can be purchased in the form of tea bags. The Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to break down protein into smaller and lesser complex structures. This makes it easy for the stomach to digest food easily. It has been reported that Papaya tea helps in the natural treatment of wind, yet at the same time it is diuretic and must be used with care. Always read the label and follow the advice by the manufacturer before using Papaya tea or other such products containing papaya enzymes.
6. Fennel Seeds: Get rid of the problem in No Time
Chewing fennel seeds after meals not only cure bad breath but also cure wind. Half a spoon of fennel seeds can be chewed after meal to get the desired result. The terpenoid anethole in fennel seed is great for digestion, gas in the intestinal track, and for the relief of cramps. It is often seen in the Indian Restaurants in bowels. Some restaurants have them coated in sugar. Best to treat stomach gas is the take them in pure form i.e. without any sugar coating.
7. Camomile Tea: An Effective Solution
When we talk of home remedies or natural treatment, it is incomplete without mentioning the benefits of camomile. Camomile tea can be bought in the form of tea bags from super markets or health food shops. A hot cup of camomile tea is a great way to treat the condition and help reduce abdominal wind.
8. Eat Bio-Yoghurt
Stocking up on good bacteria is another natural way to treat wind in the stomach. It is not only a great way but also the easiest among the home remedies. Although, probiotics can be taken in capsule form, the best way, however, is to eat any bio yoghurt containing the live cultures. This is more natural and stomach friendly. The acidophilus or biphidus bacteria in yoghurt balance the stomach environment against the gas producing intestinal bacteria in the stomach.
9. Prevention is Better than Cure
It is a wise saying and if applied 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.
a) Don’t Chew Gum: You will take in wind which needs to be passed out either way.
b) Avoid Fizzy Drinks
c) Eat Slowly
d) Chew Food Thoroughly
e) Chew with your mouth closed i.e. keep the lid shut.
f) Avoid gassy foods
g) Introduce fibre into your diet slowly
h) Soak beans before you cook them
10. Exercise and Flatulence
Last, but not the least, exercise is a great way to stay healthy. Is it a home remedy or natural treatment or just a tip? Call it whatever, a mild exercise like walking, swimming, gardening, or any other physical activity have great health benefits and, of course, a massive help and a effective solution to reduce wind and flatulence.
There are certain other home remedies like taking garlic, coriander, turmeric etc. Whatever natural treatment you take for the treatment of flatulence, it is always advised to talk to your doctor before doing so. If you are taking capsules, tablets, teas, tinctures etc for the treatment of intestinal wind or any other stomach ailments, always read the detailed instructions by the manufacturer. Special care should also be taken in case of pregnancy, babies and adults when they are on any other prescribed medication.