Natural Ways to Tame Gas
- Posted on: Sep 11 2015
While everyone experiences gas in their lives, some are troubled by flatulence and belching more than others. In fact, suffering from gas can cause uncomfortable, embarrassing and even painful symptoms. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, the average person passes gas an average of 14 times a day, and in the same amount of time, produces from one to four pints of gas!
If you have been suffering from embarrassing and painful, foul smelling gas, check out some of these natural remedies for relief:
Avoid Gassy Foods
In order to help manage excessive gas, you should cut out or limit foods that are known to cause gas. For information on which foods you should look out for, read our past article on what gassy foods you should avoid.
Look in Your Kitchen
There are a number of herbs in the Carminative family that help with the prevention of flatulence, indigestion and bloating. For instance, a study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology discovered that ginger can help with the speed of digestion. However, it is important to consult your doctor before you use herbs, as they can sometimes badly interact with prescription medications. Other herbs that are in the Carminative family that can also help provide gas relief include:
- Anise Seed
- Lemon Balm
Probiotics are live microorganisms, the “good bacteria”, that are similar to the bacteria found in the gut. A study that was published in the journal BMC Gastroenterology, discovered that using an over-the-counter probiotic was effective in providing relief from intestinal gas. You can find probiotics in dietary supplements, but there are also a number of foods that have probiotics naturally within them:
Limit your stress
When you are stressed it can actually make your gas worse. Due to the nerves that are located up and down the GI tract, people who are stressed and nervous can develop constipation, gas, or diarrhea. In 2008, research that was published in the journal Evidenced-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, noted that life stress can cause abdominal discomfort and can also cause spasms in the colon. It was discovered that yoga, meditation, counseling, and muscle relaxation can all have a positive effect on digestive health by reducing the person’s stress levels.
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