Flatulence Problems? Try These Home Remedies

· June 11, 2017
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 that causes flatulence comes from a combination of different foods, the air we swallow when we eat, and the yeast and bacteria that live in our digestive system.

The majority of gases 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?

flatulence pain

Flatulence can be rather uncomfortable and embarrassing. While it’s not an illness as such, it 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 these gases:

  • Lactose intolerance or allergies to certain foods,
  • Consuming foods that may generate gases (cabbages, sodas or beer),
  • Eating too much (food that is not 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.

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The best natural recipes for flatulence

For a healthy person, passing wind is imperceptible and easy. However, problems with flatulence arise when there is an excess of gas in the intestines and your body can’t fully get rid of it.

Therefore, we recommend that you take advantage of the following home remedies:

Ginger

ginger

The root ginger is used to treat all sorts of digestive and intestinal problems.

To avoid the excessive gas production, you should chew on a small slice of ginger after meals. Or, you can sprinkle it into different recipes (it will also give dishes a citrus flavor).

Ginger tea can also help to control flatulence.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of powdered ginger (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Put the water and the ginger into a pan.
  • Then, put it on a low heat, and leave it for 10 minutes after it begins to boil.
  • Next, 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

Mustard seeds have many properties, including reducing the production of intestinal gases. You can add mustard seeds 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

cinnamon

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder (5 g)
  • A cup of milk (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Warm the milk without letting bringing it to boil.
  • Next, add the cinnamon and stir well.
  • Then, remove it from the heat and drink (if you wish, you can sweeten it with honey)
  • Repeat every night before going to sleep.

Caraway seeds

You should always have caraway seeds in your home if you are prone to suffering from indigestion, intestinal gases or cramps. Regularly drinking caraway seed tea stimulates the production of gastric juices and reduces flatulence.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds (5 g)
  • A cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Place water in a pan and heat until boiling.
  • Next, remove it from the heat and add the seeds.
  • Then, 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.

Aloe vera

aloe vera

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.

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Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is used a lot to treat indigestion and to fight gases. It can calm the stomach and offer immediate relief.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (20 ml)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • 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

Garlic is a great antiseptic and can help us if you suffer from gases. This is because it stimulates the gastric juices that digest food.

In this case, garlic soup is perfect. Garlic can also be added to a wide variety of dishes.

Some people opt for garlic and cumin tea.

Ingredient:

  • 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)

Preparation

  • Put the water, pepper, and cumin in a pan.
  • Then, peel the garlic cloves and cut them in half.
  • Add them to the pan and put it on the 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.

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