Although embarrassing, flatulence is a fairly common physical disorder that is also known as ‘passing gas,’ ‘passing wind,’ etc. Read on to know how to tackle flatulence by using simple yet effective home remedies.
Stating the obvious, excessive build-up of gas in the stomach and intestines results in flatulence or burping. Before you are at a point of no return, watch out for the following signs at the early stages of building flatus-
- Heavy bloated stomach
- Abdominal pains
All this can be avoided with these 10 quick and easy flatulence home remedies that assist in food digestion. Let us ‘breeze’ through them one by one.
Home Remedies for Flatulence
In Herbal medicine, ginger is considered to be an impressive carminative (that assists in discarding intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (that helps in relaxation and soothing of intestinal tract).
Slice some ginger and soak it in pure lemon juice for an hour. Chewing these soaked ginger chips after each meal will help your intestines function at their optimum. If chewing ginger in its raw form is not for you, then drink up some ginger ale to reduce that bloated feeling.
Since ancient times, nutmeg has been used in small doses to not just reduce flatulence, but also as a brain tonic, healing insomnia, and depression. Grating some nutmeg into your soups can increasingly help in your flatulence.
Note: Consuming more than 2-3 nuts a day may result in hallucinations.
Peppermints contain menthol, which is mostly just considered a mouth freshener. However, the same menthol soothes the digestive muscles while getting rid of unwanted gas problems. Now we know why restaurants serve mints at the end of the meals, don’t we? Simply chew on some peppermint if your stomach feels queasy and bloated, you are sure to find relief from the sensation in no time.
4. Asafoetida (Daily Drink Mix):
One of the Ayurvedic remedies for flatulence is a mixture of 1 teaspoon each of dry ginger powder, asafoetida and black salt in a warm glass of water, and drink it once a day. We all know ginger aids in digestion. Asafoetida is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that helps alleviate digestive problems and gas.
5. Cardamom (After Meal Drink Mix):
Cardamom acts as a natural detoxifying agent and benefits those suffering from intestinal gas. You may use 1 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1 teaspoon dry ginger powder, ½ teaspoon cardamom seed powder, and mix it with warm water to drink one hour after each meal. Yes, this may not taste as yummy as your usual can of orange juice, but it works for sure! This is the best home remedy for flatulence.
6. Fibre Intake:
So, you have increased the intake of fibre as per a new diet chart? And now you feel bloated for most of the day? Introducing too much fibre in your diet may at times lead to increased flatulence. A healthy portion of fibre intake should be maintained at 20 to 30 grams a day.
7. Cut Down On The Carbs:
Carbohydrates or carbonated drinks produce the most gas in the stomach. Build your diet around food with the least complex carbohydrates. These include fish, meat, grapes, berries, nuts, and eggs.
8. Soaked Beans:
Many cultures practice soaking uncooked beans overnight to remove water-soluble carbohydrates that result in gas formation. Discard the water, cook the beans on a simmer, and finally discard the water once again before consuming any beans, this will reduce the urge to fart!
Research on Globe Artichokes show that they help in treating chronic digestive complaints, which includes irritable stomach, nervous gastropathy, flatulence, and irritable bowel. However, consuming the globe artichoke’s cousin – the Jerusalem variety, can bring up the question, “who dunnit” a dozen times in day! So, choose wisely!
10. Food Consumption:
Last but not the least, chew food slowly. The more you chew your food, the easier it is for your intestines to digest what you eat. Also make sure you eat a balanced diet, avoiding deep fried wedges and burgers. This can be the reason for flatulence too.
Avoid the intake of carbonated drinks, broccoli, beans, cauliflower, bread and cheese, or any food that contains a high percentage of yeast. Strike off carbohydrates rich items from your grocery list and avoid any food that you know will make you bloat. Watch out for those heavy tummy signs. Also, remember to chew more on your food and less on those rosy gums. When your body is trying to get rid of excess air, the last thing you want to do is add more to the pile. That includes smoking of any kind.
A Few Fun Facts:
- An average adult normally passes gas 15 to 20 times a day.
- A typical fart contains 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen, 9% carbon dioxide, 7% methane and 4% oxygen. Only 1% of this mix contains sulphur that causes them to stink.
- Not only they are flammable, but also travel at a speed of 10 feet per second.
- A human body continues to pass gas up till 3 hours after death.
- January 7th is claimed to be the National Pass Gas Day in America, right after National Beans day on January 6th.
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