Natural Remedy For Gas and Bloating

Natural Remedy For Gas and Bloating

A lot of readers write in about painful gas and bloating.

Some readers describe not being able to eat anything without the distressing side effects.

It's normal for the microflora inside the digestive tract  to produce gas as a natural byproduct of digestion of sugars, starches and fibers.

gas and bloating

We also swallow air when we eat (even sometimes when we talk or chew gum), some of us more than others, which travels into the intestines, also causing bloating and gas.

It's normal, but sometimes it gets really uncomfortable. 

Some of us seem to be more sensitive to it than others, which can be a symptom of the intestinal disorder called IBS.

Excess candida lurking around in there can stir up some gaseous trouble too.

Also, some foods tend to cause more gas...

There are certain foods, now categorized as FODMAPs, (Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols), which tend to cause more gas than others; sulfurous foods like onions and garlic, fibrous legumes and beans, members of the brassica family like broccoli and cabbage, and for those with lactose intolerance, milk and milk products can cause discomfort. Sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol etc. are also FODMAP's.

Try avoiding FODMAP foods and see if you notice a difference.

Read more about FODMAPs on Wikipedia.

Even if foods can pass through the intestines and be eliminated, an obstruction can cause the gas and bloating by allowing some portion of foods to get caught up, trapping air in the intestines.

Consider getting checked out by a doctor for celiac (gluten intolerance) or a bowel obstruction, both of which can be serious. Better safe than sorry.

Try these natural remedy methods and see what works best for you.

Natural Remedy for Gas and Bloating

Conscious Eating

Did you know that when you're stressed you tend to swallow more air? Interesting, no? Make a point to eat slowly, sitting down at the table, not in front of the TV. Chew your food well before swallowing.


Natural Remedy for Gas and Bloating

Digestive Enzymes

Taken during or after a meal digestive enzymes can help tremendously. You can get the chewable kind or tablets to swallow like a pill.


Natural Remedy for Gas and Bloating

Probiotic Foods 

Raw fermented foods like:

sauerkraut

kim chee

beet kvass

kombucha

You can try sipping 4-8 oz kombucha before a meal too, in addition to digestive enzymes.

These foods and drinks are the product of live bacteria fermentation, and are helpful in repopulating the gut with the beneficial bacteria that help digest foods and strengthen our immune system. These foods may cause more gas and bloating when you first try them, due to the live cultures stirring things up in the gut. Take extra digestive enzymes to help everything get along while you body readjusts to more friendly bacteria.


Natural Remedy for Gas and Bloating

Probiotic Supplements

Look for a reputable brand of probiotic supplements that include at minimum Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, two of the most well-studied strains. 


Natural Remedy for Gas and Bloating

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Try sipping a warm glass of water with a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar added to relieve gas. Within a few minutes you can notice the difference. I add a few drops of liquid stevia extract to make it more palatable. Do not take vinegar straight, it can damage tooth enamel and is really too strong to try and swallow plain anyway.


Natural Remedy for Gas and Bloating

Herbs

Some herbs which help relieve gas and bloating include:

fennel

caraway seed

coriander seed

black seeds (aka black cumin seeds)

peppermint

rosemary

artichoke leaf

papaya leaf

ginger

galangal

kelp

You can make a flavorful tea of fennel, caraway and coriander seeds. 

If you like these flavors you can also chew on a small handful of the seeds with a meal or just after.

Fennel seeds especially are very tasty, if you like that licorice flavor, and very effective for a number of people to relieve gas and bloating.

Ginger and galangal are both delicious to cook asian inspired meals. Ginger tea is an age old digestive remedy. 

Try chewing a piece of fresh ginger after a meal, if you can take the spicy flavor. It can relieve gas and bloating in minutes.

Peppermint tea is always nice too. Or, try peppermint essential oil, you can take it orally, topically or aromatically.

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