Production of gas is a natural part of the digestive process. However, the formation of excess gas in your stomach is no laughing matter.
The formation of gas in the stomach happens when bacteria in the colon ferment carbohydrates, which were not properly digested in the small intestines. Usually, it involves high-fiber foods such as whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, and peas (legumes).
Aside from high-fiber foods, other causes of excess gas include too much stress, artificial additives, not chewing your food thoroughly, excessive drinking, some kind of bacterial infection, eating spicy and gas-forming foods, swallowing air, food intolerances, digestive disorders, and constipation.
Symptoms associated with excess stomach gas include a coating on the tongue, abdominal bloating, lack of appetite, bad breath, sharp cramps in the abdomen and belching.
Luckily, you can treat this problem with these simple, natural home remedies.
The menthol in peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that relaxes and soothes the muscles so that you can expel those painful digestive gases.
Make a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of fresh peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain it and add some honey. Drink the tea 2 to 3 times a day. You can also simply chew some peppermint leaves for an instant relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider contains enzymes that aid in digestion. Similarly, it also helps alkalize the body for you to get rid of excess gas and feel more comfortable.
Add 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water. Then, allow the water to cool and drink it. Do this twice a day.
Cinnamon reduces the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, thereby preventing gas formation. For instant relief from gas problems, just add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of warm milk. Add some honey, stir well and drink it.
Ginger has antiemetic power which has been attributed to its carminative effect – this helps the body expel intestinal gas. Ginger relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract, thus accelerating gastric emptying and improves digestion.
Formation of gas can be controlled by drinking ginger tea. Boil 1 tbsp. of ground ginger in a 1 ½ cup of water. Let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Drink the tea 2 to 3 times a day. If you want to improve the taste and effectiveness of your tea, you may add a little lemon juice and honey to it.
Baking Soda & Lemon
Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is an effective antacid the expels abdominal gas. If you combined it with lemon juice, it works even better.
Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a juice from the ½ lemon into a glass of warm water. Drink this immediately for instant relief from gas and gas pains.
Found in yellow mustard is acetic acid, that can lower your stomach’s level of acidity and provides relief from gas and accompanying pain. It also contains turmeric that aids the digestive system and improves your gut health.
Mix 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard in a glass of warm water and then drink it. Within 5 to 10 minutes, you will get quick relief.