The digestive process in humans naturally produces gas. It happens in all of us, but not to a noticeable degree. So when we are talking about ways to rid the stomach of gas we are, of course, talking about dealing with problematic gas.
Many things can cause stomach gas, such as digestive disorders, bacterial infections, stress, eating gas-forming and spicy food, not properly chewing your food, or even excessive drinking.
There are many symptoms of stomach gas, and these include belching, abdominal bloating, a coated tongue, no appetite, bad breath, flatulence, and even stomach pain. Luckily for us, the problem of stomach gas can be easily treated with the following natural and simple tips and home remedies.
Foods that can Release Gas
Papaya and Pineapple
These foods are rich in enzymes that break down proteins during digestion. Breaking them down means you will no longer experience the feelings of bloating and fullness.
This is a Korean staple, a spicy and delicious mix of fermented vegetables, mainly cabbage. This fiber-rich dish populates your gastrointestinal tract with good bacteria and helps digestion and relieves gas.
Stimulating stomach acid production and increasing digestion, dandelion green are a gas and bloat fighting star. The greens also offer vitamins A, C, and K. So add them to your stir-fries and salads generously.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You might have known that apple cider vinegar is a miracle remedy for indigestion, but did you know that it is also used for gas? Yes, apple cider vinegar offers you instant relief from gas and soothes your stomach. In case it is not available, do not worry. Just try regular vinegar.
Just take a glass of warm water and add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to it. Let the glass sit so that the water cools down to room temperature and drink it in one go.
Ginger is an effective treatment for stomach gas relief and also great for calming indigestion.
Take equal parts of cardamom, fennel, and ground ginger. Take care to mix them well. Put one teaspoon of this mixture in a cup and add a pinch of asafetida in it. Add water and drink once or twice a day. Did you know that chewing a fresh piece of ginger after a meal will prevent gas from forming? Many people I know also put small amounts of fresh or dried ginger in their food while cooking.
Cinnamon prevents further stomach gas formation and also soothes your stomach. Mix one tablespoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water and boil for a few minutes. Let it steep for a couple of minutes and your delicious cinnamon tea is ready. You can also try adding a half teaspoon cinnamon powder and some honey to a cup of warm milk and drink it.
The hot and pungent quality of garlic stimulates your gastric fire and helps relieve stomach gas.
Use some fresh garlic to make soup. It will help with digestion and reduce gas. You can also mix some cumin seeds, black pepper and ground garlic and boil in water for a few minutes, strain and let it stand and cool down. Drink this twice or thrice daily and you’ll see results in a few days.
Combine buttermilk with black salt and carom seeds as a superb Ayurvedic remedy for flatulence and gas. Mix one teaspoon of black salt and carom seeds in a cup of buttermilk. You can also use celery seeds in place of carom seeds. Drink this combination for instant results.
Lemon and Baking Soda
Using baking soda and lemon for the home treatment of stomach gas relief is a conventional one, because this combination is an effective antacid. Put some baking soda in a glass and add the juice of one fresh lemon to it. This will result in fizzing. Add a cup of water and some more baking soda and stir it well till the baking soda dissolves fully, then drink.
Activities to Avoid Gas
Drink before Meals
Don’t drink liquids with your meals. This dilutes the stomach acids and prevents proper digestion. Instead, drink a glass of water 30 min before your meal.
Eat and Drink Slowly
Eating and drinking hurriedly may cause you to swallow a large amount of air. Instead, chew slowly and don’t gasp while eating.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners used in many sugar-free versions of foods can aggravate gas. Stay away from them.
Try Digestive Aids
Get some over-the-counter digestive aids. Antacids may not make much difference, but in that case you may get a good digestive enzyme from your health food store.
The above tips are all tried and tested ways to rid the body of stomach gas. However, if you continue having this problem, please keep a close watch on your food habits and consider consulting a doctor.