Excessive gas can lead to bloating, burping, belching and flatulence. These all can lead to awkward situations. In order to find out how to reduce gas problem, it is important to understand the factors that cause gas. Burping and belching refer to gas that escapes from mouth while flatulence refers to gas that produces in the intestines during digestion and escapes through the rectum. If gas gets trapped inside the tummy, it can lead to bloating. Most of the time, gas that release through belching or flatulence after eating is normal. However, if you are suffering painful gas and frequent embarrassing episodes of foul smelling flatulence, you need to find out the root cause of your problem and try to reduce it. Here are some simple tips you can follow to reduce gas problem.
Eat Right Foods
The Foods Associated with More Gas Production
Fruits and vegetables
The Foods Associated with Less Gas Production
Non Gaseous fruits and vegetables including avocado, bell peppers, asparagus, berries and cantaloupe.
Brown rice and wild rice are better than white rice and produce less gas.
Change the Way You Eat
Have Water Before Meals
Taking a lot of liquids when you eat your meals will make stomach acid get diluted and the food cannot be digested properly. For better digestion, try to drink water or other liquids at least half hour before meals.
When you eat too fast, you swallow a lot of air. This can lead to more gas in your digestive tract. Try to eat slowly to avoid excess gas.
Chew Your Food Thoroughly
Gas is mostly produced when the food is not properly digested. In order to reduce gas production and accelerate food digestion, chew thoroughly each bite. Thoroughly chewed food will be digested faster and will not sit in your intestines leading to foul smelling flatulence.
Avoid Chewing Gum
When you chew gum or suck on mints or hard candies, you are actually swallowing air. This extra air can get accumulated in the tummy and make you bloated. For a fresh breath, try to brush your teeth after every meal rather than chewing mints or gums for the purpose.
Ditch the Straw
When you use a straw to sip beverages, you are swallowing extra air, which can cause gas problem. To reduce excess gas, sip directly from the glass.
Have a Healthy Diet
The most effective way to reduce gas problem is to eat the right foods and avoid unhealthy and junk foods. Caffeine rich beverages, sugar laden treats, fatty and fried snacks and processed food items can lead to gas trouble. Some very healthy foods are also notorious to produce excess gas, such as beans and broccoli. This is due to their very high fiber content. Avoid eating the unhealthy foods and try to eat a balanced and healthy diet.
If you are troubled by gas problem or gas pains, get up and have a walk to reduce it. Walking improves the mobility of intestines and is very effective to relieve gaseous distention.
This is a yoga asana and is also known as the wind relieving pose. Lie down on the floor or yoga mat and bring one knee towards your chest. Hold it with both hands and press towards your chest. Count to five and let go. Then do the same with the other leg. After that bring both knees towards your chest and wrap your arms around your knees. Pull them close to your chest. This will push extra gas through your belly and expel it.
This is another yoga pose which can help to pass trapped gas. To do it, you have to kneel on a yoga mat. Place your hands flat on it and bring down your bottom towards your heels. Then lower your forehead to the mat. You will feel pressure on your tummy and a slight stretch in your back. Hold the pose for half a minute and get back to starting point.
5. Home Remedies to Reduce Gas Problem
Drinking ginger tea or chewing some fresh ginger root can solve the problem of excess gas. Add some ginger to any food you are cooking. You can also chew a little bit of grated ginger before meals to reduce gas.
Fresh garlic is an excellent solution for gas problem. This spice is one of the necessities in your kitchen. It is better to use fresh organic garlic.
Cinnamon is very effective to soothe the stomach and prevent the formation of gas. Add half teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of warm milk and drink it at bed time. You can add some organic honey for extra flavor and sweetness. If you don’t like milk you can choose cinnamon tea. Boil a cup of water and add a pinch of cinnamon. Let it steep for a couple of minutes and then drink it warm.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat indigestion and gas trouble. It can relieve the symptoms immediately. Add a tablespoon of it to a glass of warm water and let it cool. Drink it to soothe an aching tummy.
Chamomile tea is also known as alleszutraut, which means “the treatment of everything”. This tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties and is an excellent relaxant. If you have gas due to acidity, heartburn and indigestion, this can be very helpful. If you only have indigestion related gas, try peppermint tea.
High fiber foods are hard to digest. When food can’t break down in the small intestine, they move into the large intestine for long time where the intestinal bacteria feast on them and produce a lot of gas. Pumpkin can reduce this gas formation. Eating some pumpkin with any meal can nip your problems in the bud.
Drink Warm Lemon Water
Warm water mixed with some lemon juice can accelerate food digestion and ease gas pains. Acidity in lemon juice motivates the production of hydro chloric acid which is responsible for breaking down the food. More hydro chloric acid means faster food digestion and less gas and bloating.