Excessive gas is frustrating, embarrassing, and can be quite un comfortable!
Flatulence is the medical term for the occurrence of excess gas in the intestines and digestive tract and the symptoms usually include bloating, cramping, belching, abdominal pain and the act of passing gas. This process of gas production is a common aspect of food digestion system and occurs moderately in every individual. However, if you suffer from severe flatulence, there are a few sure shot steps you can take to reduce its occurrence and fight the flatulence.
Common Causes of Flatulence
The easiest way to reduce the symptoms of flatulence is to avoid the main causes of the condition. Consuming carbonated beverages (which contain excess air), chewing with your mouth open or eating too quickly (which causes you to ingest too much air), eating high fibre foods (like beans, cabbage, spinach and broccoli) with inadequate fluid intake, chewing gum and not chewing your food well enough may contribute to the excess production of gas.
Since flatulence is normal by-product of the digestive process you might not be able to avoid the symptoms entirely, but there are a few quick remedies, which you can use to fight the flatulence.
Natural Remedies from the Kitchen to fight Flatulence
Most often, the relief from flatulence is as close as your kitchen and a great place to find simple remedies for flatulence is in your spice rack or pantry. Herbs like peppermint, fennel, caraway and anise all contain flatulence-relieving properties. And so do the spices like dill, basil, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, cloves and foods like lemon, pumpkin and yoghurt.
Ø Ginger is an excellent herb that will help to reduce and even prevent flatulence. Ginger stimulates the digestive system and relaxes the muscles in the digestive tract so food will not get backed up or blocked in the intestines.
Ø Fennel is yet another herb, which can be used to fight flatulence. The volatile oils present in fennel helps the body to expel gas. However, it is advised to crush the seeds briefly with a mortar and pestle to express the volatile oils. Fennel has been used for centuries to prepare “gripe water” to calm gassy babies…adults should also try to derive the benefits by adding fennel to their tea or just adding fennel powder to warm water and sipping it slowly.
Ø Spices like cloves, coriander and Cardamom act as a stimulant and a carminative and has always been a basis for medicinal preparations for indigestion and flatulence. Coriander works well in stir-fry dishes, cardamom works well in vegetable dishes and cloves make a great addition to rice or fruit dishes.
Ø The juice from a lemon, especially when mixed with water and ½ teaspoon baking soda, can quickly quiet down an overactive intestinal track and help eliminate bloating and cramping from excess gas.
Ø Pumpkin, whether baked, steamed or used as the main ingredient in soup or a side dish, has also been shown to have soothing qualities that calm upset stomachs and reduce the occurrence of gas.
Ø Although dairy products are usually blamed for the onset of flatulence, yoghurt can actually help relieve the condition. Yoghurt, as long as it contains acidophilus, uses bacteria to keep the digestive process normal so that food doesn’t sit too long in the intestines and produce excess gas.
Ø Pour one cup of boiling water over dried peppermint leaves and allow the mixture to seep for ten minutes. Drain the liquid and drink it warm during an attack of flatulence. You may also try the peppermint green tea available easily at herbal stores.
Ø It is advisable to add herbs like basil, rosemary, turmeric to your regular recipes. They not only add flavor and zing to your vegetables (especially the gassy ones like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli) or salads or even rice dishes, but also aid in digestion.
Recipe for a perfect mix to fight flatulence
Take 2 pepper corns, a 1 cm piece of ginger, 1 cardamom pod and a pinch each of asafetida and fennel powder. Crush all ingredients into a fine powder. Dissolve 1 tsp of this mixture in a glass of luke warm water whenever you experience the symptoms.
In addition to the above suggested remedies, a few adjustments in your eating habits also help.
Ø try to avoid overeating,
Ø avoid eating too much of refined foods which disrupt the normal process of digestion and elimination of wastes
Ø Restrict Excessive intake of alcohol
Ø Try to eat your meals slowly whilst chewing it properly
Ø A deficiency of B complex vitamins may also trigger the incidence of flatulence, so incorporate it in your diet through natural and supplemental forms.
Ø Going for a stroll after meals having a regular activity pattern aids digestion.
Hopefully, with these modifications in your food choices and eating habits, the chances of this embarrassing malady can be greatly lessened or eliminated.