Gas and bloating is a sign that food is not being digested correctly by the body. When gas doesn’t pass through belching or flatulence, it can build up in the stomach and intestines and lead to bloating. Bloating is often accompanied by abdominal pain — either mild and dull or sharp and intense. Passing gas or having a bowel movement may relieve the pain. Fatty foods cause a formation of fat cells to develop throughout the body and contribute to bloating as well. So how to get rid of bloating fast without drugs? The help can be found in your kitchen. Follow the natural bloating gas flatulence remedies to get rid of bloating fast.
Natural bloating gas flatulence remedies
One simple remedy is to prepare a concoction of fennel seeds, cardamom, mint leaves, and ginger. All you need is half teaspoon of fennel seeds, six cardamoms, three mint leaves and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. Add all the ingredients to water and let it simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Take half to one cup, 3-4 times a day (More bloating, gas and stomach pain remedies are listed below).
Bloating, burping and passing gas are natural and are usually caused by swallowed air or the breakdown of food through digestion. Stomach pain is often related to gas or indigestion due to poor food choices. Common causes of abdominal bloating are:
- Lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance and other food intolerances
- Food allergy
- Aerophagia (air swallowing, a nervous habit)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Partial bowel obstruction
- Gastric dumping syndrome or rapid gastric emptying
- Gas-producing foods
Bloating and gas remedies
If the pressure builds, passing gas can be painful. But usually the discomfort is more social than physical. To put a stop to the sputtering, try these fast-acting tips
Chew fennel seeds
Fennel helps to dissipate gas by relaxing muscle spasms in the digestive tract. Chewing one-half teaspoon of seeds is usually enough to leave you flatulence-free.
Pull the plug on pressure
To alleviate gas pressure in your lower abdomen, try this simple exercise. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Then alternately raise each knee toward your chest until you feel relief.
Cardamom & fennel infusion
Equal amount of cardamom and fennel powder approx 1/2 teaspoon infused in a cup of warm water can be taken before meal as a remedy for gas and bloating.
Mixture of fennel seeds, cumin and dry ginger in black salt
Ingredients: black pepper 25 gm, Dried ginger 50 gm, fennel seeds 50 gm, black salt 50 gm, cumin seeds 50 gm.
Preparation: Chop or grind the above ingredients in a chopper and take 1/2 teaspoon every 4-5 hours, with warm water, for fast relief of bloating and gas problems.
Use carminative herbs
Take carminative (gas dis-spelling) herbs like ginger, cardamom fennel, bay leaves, orange peel, peppermint.
Try Flatulence Chai
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice are the best remedies for flatulence. That’s why we traditionally add these spices to beans and apple pie, foods your body might otherwise have trouble breaking down.” Take these spices individually — a little cinnamon on toast or ginger tea after a meal — or get them all in a cup of homemade chai. You already have all these spices in your cabinet, why not use them to create a tasty digestive formula.
Add 1/3 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger to 8 ounces of hot water and steep for several minutes. Strain, sweeten with a bit of raw sugar or honey, and enjoy before or after a meal.
Use indian wild celery with rock salt
Take pinch of Indian wild celery seed (Ajwain), with a pinch of rock salt.
Cummin, coriander, and fennel mixture
Mix equal amount of cumin, coriander, and fennel and take 1/4 teaspoon before meal.
Curry leaves to prevent gas and bloating
Use curry leaves in your food to prevent gas and bloating. Curry leaves have been used for centuries in South India as a natural flavoring agent in somber, rasam and curries. Chutney can be made by mixing the leaves with coriander leaves, coconut scrapings and tomatoes. The leaves, bark and the root of the curry plant are used in indigenous medicine as a tonic, stimulant and antiflatulent.
Sooth your stomach with oranges and fennel seed
Make a mixture of a tablespoon each of orange peel and fennel seed added to two cups of water. Boil and then steep this tea. Add honey to sweeten the tea and drink it when you are suffering from indigestion. The tea should refrigerate for about 48 hours, and will taste primarily like fennel.
Avoid gas forming foods
Avoid gas forming foods such as beans and cabbage family vegetables, raw onions, mixing sweets or fruits with a meal. mixing sweets with salty, oily, starchy and high protein foods. Avoid combination of dairy products with sour fruits or with bread meat or fish. Avoid refined sugars and refined carbs.
Jaggery and Ginger:
Melt a teaspoon of Jaggery in a pan, as soon as it melts add 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger. Warm for a few second. Cool a bit before eating. Eat twice a day.
Try Ginger & Salt for indigestion
In the Ayurvedic view, indigestion often stems from weak “digestive fire,” known as agni. Stoke yours — and prevent indigestion — by taking ginger and salt before a meal.
Grate an inch of peeled, fresh ginger. Take a pinch or two and mix with a pinch or two of sea salt to make a paste. Chew on the mixture for a minute or two, then swallow. Wash it down with warm water and enjoy your meal. You’ll need to eat within 10 or 15 minutes, or you might experience a burning sensation.
Try Asparagus for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The Greeks and Romans used asparagus for toothaches and bee stings. But it might work best for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
“It’s a prebiotic, which means it helps to populate the intestinal tract with friendly bacteria, which will in turn help balance IBS symptoms. This remedy takes a little time to work. Look for relief within three to five days.
Eat several spears of lightly steamed or grilled asparagus twice a day.
Avoid dessert after meal
Change the habit of taking dessert after meal, it causes fermentation and produces gas. Eat in moderation, avoid eating too much food or mixing different types of foods, or eating frequently. Avoid all kinds of sugars, lactose, fructose, etc.
Also you can reduce bloating if you:
- Eat and drink slowly. Taking your time can help you swallow less air. Also, avoid drinking through a straw.
- Avoid carbonated drinks. They release carbon dioxide gas.
- Skip the gum and hard candy. When you chew gum or suck on hard candy, you swallow more often than normal. Part of what you’re swallowing is air.
- Don’t smoke. When you inhale smoke, you also inhale and swallow air.
- Check your dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when you eat and drink.
- Treat heartburn. For occasional, mild heartburn, our heartburn remedies may be helpful.
Note: important to remember that bloating gas flatulence are vague symptoms that can be associated with many medical diseases, please consult with your primary care provider as a first step.