Home Remedies for Flatulence
Tired of all that gas? It's important to identify which foods cause flatulence in order to minimize how much you eat them or to mix them with other foods that ease the elimination of gases.
The mix of intestinal gases is caused by different foods, the air we swallow when we eat, and the yeast and bacteria that live in our digestive system.
The majority are produced by bacterial fermentation in the colon. If you suffer from excessive flatulence, here are some home remedies that can help you.
Why does flatulence happen?
These gases may be rather uncomfortable and embarrassing. While they’re not an illness as such, they can indicate some kind of health problem.
Depending on the type and quantity of food we eat, we release greater or lesser quantities of intestinal gases.
The main causes of this problem are:
- Lactose intolerance or allergies to certain foods,
- Consuming foods that may generate gases (cabbages, sodas or beer),
- Eating too much (the food that doesn’t get fully digested turns into gas),
- Chronic constipation (going more than 4 days without going to the bathroom),
- Incorrect or fast chewing,
- The consumption of laxatives or cholesterol reducers,
- Consuming too much flour, sugar and fats can also make it worse.
The best natural recipes for flatulence
For a healthy person, passing wind is imperceptible and easy. Problems with flatulence arise when there is an excess of gas in the intestines and your body can’t fully evacuate it.
In this case, we recommend that you take advantage of the following home remedies:
The root of the ginger plant is used to treat all sorts of digestive and intestinal problems.
To avoid the excessive production of gases, you should chew on a small slice of ginger after meals. Or, you can sprinkle it into different recipes (it will give dishes a citrus flavor).
Ginger tea also controls flatulence.
- 1 tablespoon of powdered ginger (10 g)
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Put the water and the ginger into a pan.
- Then, put it on a low heat, and when it breaks into a boil, leave it for 10 minutes.
- Take it off the heat. After 5 minutes, filter it and drink it.
- Repeat up to 3 times a day (morning, afternoon and evening).
Mustard seeds have many properties, including reducing the production of intestinal gases. You can add them to your meals and consume them throughout the day.
The recipe is very simple:
- Start the day by ingesting 2 mustard seeds with a glass of water on an empty stomach.
- The next day, have 4 seeds, the next day 6 and so on, until you reach 12 seeds a day.
Cinnamon reduces the formation of gases and the inflammation of the stomach. It also gives teas and desserts a delicious flavor!
You can consume a mix of cinnamon and milk (if the flatulence is caused by lactose intolerance, use almond milk or similar) each time you have flatulence problems.
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder (5 g)
- A cup of milk (250 ml)
- Warm the milk without letting it reach a boil.
- Add the cinnamon and stir well.
- Remove it from the heat and drink (if you wish, you can sweeten it with honey)
- Repeat every night before going to sleep.
Your house should have caraway seeds if you are prone to suffering from indigestion, intestinal gases or cramps. Drinking the tea of these seeds regularly stimulates the production of gastric juices and reduces flatulence.
- 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds (5 g)
- A cup of water (250 ml)
- Put the water in a pan and heat it until it boils.
- Remove it from the heat and add the seeds.
- Cover it and leave it to stand for 5 minutes.
- Strain and consume before going to sleep. If you want the most effective results, we recommend you drink it 3 times a day or that you chew the seeds toasted.
If you suffer from abdominal pains as well as gases, we recommend you drink aloe vera juice. You can dilute it with tepid water, but the best thing is to drink it pure. Repeat every day or whenever you feel unwell.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used a lot to treat indigestion and to fight gases. It has the capacity to calm the stomach and offer immediate relief.
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (20 ml)
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Put the vinegar and water in a pan and stir well.
- Then, heat for a few minutes (do not allow it to boil).
- Remove from the heat and drink when it is at room temperature.
Garlic is a great antiseptic and can help us if we suffer from gases. This is because it stimulates the gastric juices that digest food.
Garlic soup is perfect in these cases, as well as adding this delicious ingredient to all sorts of dishes.
Some people opt for garlic and cumin tea.
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper (2 g)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds (2 g)
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Put the water, pepper and cumin in a pan.
- Then, peel the cloves of garlic and cut them in half.
- Add them to the pan and heat.
- When it starts bubbling, leave it for 5 minutes to extract the properties.
- Remove it from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes before straining the contents.
- Drink when it reaches room temperature. Repeat up to 3 times a day.