Excess gas might be far from a serious condition, but it’s not what you’d say when you experience it. And we all do, at least occasionally. The problem is it often comes with bloating, only bringing us more discomfort.
Gas can build up in the upper digestive tract for a number of reasons such as chewing gum, smoking, talking while eating, drinking through a straw and eating too fast. Most of that gas will want to come out through your mouth.
Gas build up in the lower digestive tract, is usually caused by undigested foods fermenting in your colon. The most common gas-causing foods are rich in complex carbs and fiber such as beans, whole grains, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, as they’re only partially digested.
People with lactose intolerance can get gas from dairy products and those who suffer from celiac disease (an inflammatory reaction to gluten) can experience the same symptoms by eating wheat and other grains containing gluten.
Since we’ve had these problems for ages, we humans have found many remedies to fight bloating and excess gas, before and after pharmacies were invented.
1. Don’t hold it in
No matter which side the gas wants to come out, if you don’t let it out, it will only worsen the situation. Sure, sometimes we’re in public places where thanks to our social guidelines are forced to restrain ourselves. Try to take a trip to the bathroom and let your body do its thing, you’ll thank yourself later.
The lemon’s acidity stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which helps break down the food faster. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to a cup of warm water and drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.
3. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is just like the regular charcoal except it’s been oxidized to become porous. It’s commonly used to treat poisonings and overdoses thanks to its structure which can effectively draw in the unwanted substances. It works the same way with excess gas.
The best part about activated charcoal is it doesn’t get digested or metabolized in any way. It simply passes through the digestive tract, sucking up gases and toxins.
Ginger is widely used for many stomach ailments, but it also work for bloating and gas as it is a natural anti-inflammatory and it also prevents excess gas from building up or expel it if it’s already there.
The best way to use ginger for treating flatulence and bloating is to drink it as tea. In a large mug place one medium gingerroot sliced into quarter-sized pieces and optionally a bit of lemon and honey. Pour very hot water over the slices, cover the mug and let it steep for about 10 minutes before drinking the tea.
Fennel seeds are natural carminatives, meaning they promote gas expulsion as well as prevent gas formation. They also have a mild laxative effect.
You can simply chew fennel seeds to soothe your tummy or make some tea pouring hot water in a cup, on top of 1-2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds.