Flatulence, or to use a crude word – farting’ – is caused by gas in the bowel. The gas consists of methane, nitrogen and carbon dioxide and the smell depends on the ratio of gases, which is influenced by the foods we eat.
Gas can be caused by swallowed air, digestion, high-fibre foods and the by-products of intestinal bacteria. Some digestive system disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, can also produce excess gas.
While passing wind is normal, you will know if it is something to be worried about if it is frequent, has a pungent smell, is loud, is accompanied by pain or you have frequent rumblings in your lower gut.
Passing gas can be an embarrassing problem, as well as uncomfortable. Here’s 9 natural ways to reduce flatulence.
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2. Write it down
Get paper and a pen and list the foods that are causing your gas. Think about what foods you’ve eaten during the day, and when you felt gassy. They’ll usually be correlated with typically gaseous foods.
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4. Apple cider vinegar
ACV is one of nature’s “cure all” medicines. It is a very potent cleanser and eliminator and is one of the best natural remedies for digestion. You will get almost instant relief from indigestion and gas by mixing up a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of warm to hot water. Sip slowly.
5. Bi-carb soda and lemon
Bi-carb soda and lemon juice form carbon dioxide, which is a natural digestive aid. You will find complete relief with this excellent gas and bloating remedy within about 20 minutes.
Simply squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass filled with half water then add a teaspoon of bi-carb and mix. After the fizziness has gone down, fill the rest of the glass with water, mix again then drink.
Raw peppermint leaves will digest your food better and can aid in stopping bloating if you’re prone to it. Have a peppermint tea and sip slowly.
7. The upside-down bike exercise
Simply lie on your back and use your arms as support to hold yourself up with your legs in the air. Then just do the “bicycle motion” with your legs. This position allows gravity to work with you instead of against you and the bicycle motion helps to push the built up air out. As a variation, you can just lie on your back with your legs elevated (leaning up against the bed or wall instance) and hold that position for 5-10 minutes.
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Pumpkin is one of the best digestive foods and also reduces gas with its rich quality in vitamin A, potassium, etc.
Take a cup of pumpkin and eat it regularly either by baking, streaming, broiling or even recipes made by pumpkin.
Gassy foods to avoid:
- Beans and lentils
- Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and other vegetables
- Fructose – found in artichokes, onions, pears, wheat, and some soft drinks
- Lactose – milk and dairy products
- Fruits, oat bran, peas
- Corn, pasta, potatoes, and other foods rich in starch
- Artificial sweeteners found in gum, sugar-free sweets and sugar alternatives
- Whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat