The formation of a certain amount of gases during the digestive process is normal, since they can be produced by swallowing too much air when eating or as a result of poor digestion of food in the intestine.
But if your body is not able to eliminate them and they accumulate excessively in the abdomen, they can cause pain and a swelling that will cause discomfort, so it is necessary that you know how you can avoid this problem and how you can alleviate it.
If you want to know what habits you can change to solve this problem and what natural remedies can be useful in this case, be sure to read this information.
Gastric stomach and intestinal gas: are they the same?
During the digestive process it is normal for your body to generate gases.
Some are produced in the stomach, and are mostly the consequence of the air you swallow when you eat, and others are generated in the intestine, when you are performing digestion. The way to expel them is through the mouth or through the anus.
But when your body is unable to expel those gases that are generated during the digestive process, they can stay accumulated in the abdomen, causing pain and a swollen belly, as well as a feeling of discomfort.
Why do I have many gases?
In a great majority of cases, an excessive accumulation of gases is due to fermentations that take place in the intestine, whose cause may be in constipation, in eating standing up or too fast without chewing food well and without sufficiently salivating it, in some food intolerances, such as those that can occur in some people who can not tolerate lactose, in some medicine that produces them, in diets with excess fiber, or even in a lack of intestinal flora or digestive enzymes.
As you can see, the causes can be many and varied, but it is important that each one tries to detect what the origin may be in their case, by putting a little interest. For example, if for a few days you eliminate one of these possible causes from your diet, such as milk and its derivatives, and after those days do not notice significant improvements, it may be that this is not the cause that causes your discomfort, so you can change another of your usual habits and keep watching if the effects increase or decrease, until you give with the probable cause.
Foods that produce gases
There are foods that are flatulent and that cause gas in and of itself, for that reason, it is convenient to take into account what they are to resort to some extra help to avoid that they accumulate too much. These foods would be:
some vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage,
legumes, such as beans, lentils or chickpeas,
dairy products and milk derivatives, especially in people who are lactose intolerant,
Some fruits, such as plums and grapes, because of their sugar content, can ferment in the intestine if they are taken after meals, so it is preferable to take them alone or outside meals.
some cereals taken in excess, such as wheat or bread made from wheat bran.
What can I do to avoid the gases?
There are things that are in your hand and you can put in practice to avoid that excessive accumulation of gases, such as:
Avoid carbonated drinks:
In addition to having a lot of gas, in the case of soft drinks, they also tend to have a lot of sugar, which can produce fermentations in the intestine, generating more gases. Therefore, you should avoid drinks such as beer, sparkling water and soft drinks with gas, and replace them, if you can, with water or natural juices.
Watch the way you eat:
If you have little time to eat, you will probably eat quickly, without chewing food well and without salivating before swallowing, so your digestion will be slower and you will have more possibilities for food to ferment in your intestine, contributing to a greater formation of gases
If you eat when you are going through a moment of stress or anxiety, it is easier for you to eat compulsively and swallow more air when eating, so you have to take a moment of rest to eat with tranquility and focus on chewing food well to avoid it.
Avoid too fatty and fried foods:
Both in too fatty and fried foods, there is a type of fats that are not usually well digested by your body, so the digestion will slow down too much and you will produce more gases making your belly appear more bloated.
Take the proper amount of fiber.
If you take too much fiber, it can ferment in the stomach, and normally it causes gases that will be uncomfortable and that will end up bloating your belly. But if, on the contrary, you do not take any fiber, you will not be able to regulate your intestinal transit and you will not be able to correctly expel all the waste that your body generates in the form of feces, so these will ferment in your intestines and cause gas.
Move to stimulate your intestinal transit.
One of the best ways to stimulate your intestinal transit is to stay in shape. Ideal exercises to achieve this goal would be walking, running, swimming or even doing sit-ups. Thus, you would achieve that your body eliminate better the waste that generates and you would avoid that the debris fermented producing more flatulence.
Avoid habits that make you swallow air:
These habits can be chewing gum, smoking or drinking liquids or drinks with straw. These three examples are clear habits in which you swallow air unnecessarily, so you should avoid them whenever possible.
Gases in pregnancy
Special mention must be made of the gases that occur during pregnancy, since their appearance is one of the most undesirable effects of this stage. In addition, the accumulation of gas during these nine months can cause a lot of pain and abdominal discomfort.
The main cause of this discomfort is due to the increase of a hormone, progesterone, which causes that certain foods are not digested and constipation appears that will aggravate the production of fermentations in the intestine, and with it, the increase of gases.
To relieve gas in this case, you should do five meals a day in small quantities, so that your body does not feel overloaded and flatulence is reduced.
In addition to the previous recommendations to avoid the gases and opt for healthy food, you can come very well include two plants in your usual diet to flavor or flavor your dishes, such as sage and fresh fennel.
It is also convenient to drink yogurts daily, preferably natural or bifidus type, as they will help you regulate your intestinal transit and relieve the gases that are produced during this stage.
Gases in babies
The first months it is normal for babies to have gas because they usually swallow enough air when they eat because they do not control the suction technique.
If the child drinks a bottle, when it is uncomfortable during the feeding, you can stop every five minutes to burp, while if you drink breast milk, you can put it to expel the air when you finish with one breast before continuing with the other.
The best ways or positions for the newborn to expel the gases are:
- Put him upright on his chest with his head on your shoulder, sit on your knees with your back to us, with the palm of our hand on your chest and the fingers on your chin,sit on his side in his lap, while we take his fists with one hand and put the other hand on his back, Put him face down on your lap, making sure his head is higher than his chest.
- We can also straddle him on one arm, placing your hand on his gut.
- When the baby is digesting the milk, it is normal to have blows that need to be expelled, either alone or accompanied by feces. Some may have some difficulty digesting excess lactose, so it can cause more gas and pain.
In all these options you can make a delicate massage on the petite to help you expel them better.
Home remedies for gases
As there are many causes that gases can cause, there are also different ways to treat them, and you can surely find relief in one of our remedies that we have for you.
Infusions for gases
1. Infusion of star anise:
Star anise has digestive and carminative properties, so it will be useful. To prepare this remedy with star anise, you have to pour boiling water into a cup containing a teaspoon of star anise. Let the covered infusion stand for 10 minutes covered, before straining. You can take a cup of this infusion after meals as it will be very beneficial for the expulsion of gases.
2. Boldo infusion:
Due to its digestive and carminative properties, boldo is a remedy that is used to relieve heavy digestions, and to help you fight the gases derived from them. You can prepare an infusion of boldo, pouring water that is boiling to a cup containing a small teaspoon of dried boldo leaves. Let stand for 15 minutes covered and strain the infusion to separate the remains of the plant before drinking. You can drink up to 3 cups a day of this infusion after meals, but try not to take it for more than four weeks in a row.
3. Clove infusion:
The nail has carminative properties, so it will help you to expel the gases and to lower the belly inflammation. To benefit from this property, you can prepare a clove infusion by adding 15 grams of clove to a liter of water and boiling it for 10 minutes. Next, you have to let it stand covered for another 10 minutes, and strain it to separate the remains of the nail. You have to drink a cup of this infusion twenty minutes before eating, to avoid the formation of gases during digestion.
4. Cumin infusion:
The cumin, in addition to being used to flavor some dishes, has carminative properties, so it will be useful to relieve the gases. To benefit from this property, you can prepare this infusion of cumin, and for this you have to crush slightly 2 grams of cumin seeds and pour them into a cup of water that is boiling. Next, you have to cover the infusion and let it rest for 10 minutes, to strain it before drinking. You can take a cup of this infusion after meals to relieve the symptoms.
5. Infusion of pennyroyal mint:
Both the mint and the pennyroyal will help you to eliminate the excess of gases, and you will notice how the discomfort and even the swelling that can produce you is quickly relieved. To make this infusion of pennyroyal mint, you have to mix equal parts mint leaves and pennyroyal. You can add boiling water over a cup containing a teaspoon of dried leaves of mint and pennyroyal, mixed in equal parts, and let stand the infusion covered for ten minutes. After that time you have to strain it to separate the remains of the leaves of the plants and drink the resulting liquid. You can drink up to two cups a day of this infusion to improve symptoms, without going over that amount.
6. Infusion of oregano and lemon verbena:
Oregano has digestive and carminative properties, so, together with the lemon verbena, which will enhance this effect, they will be very effective in this case. To prepare this infusion of oregano and lemon verbena, you have to mix the two plants equally and add a teaspoon of the mixture to a cup of boiling water, then cover it. You can let the infusion rest for 6 minutes, cutting it to separate the remains of the plants. You have to take a cup after meals without the need to add sugar, as the taste is very pleasant.
7. Infusion of dill seeds:
Dill seeds have carminative properties, which will help you alleviate this problem. To prepare this infusion of dill seeds, you have to crush 2 tablespoons of dill seeds and add them to a cup of water that is boiling. Next, you have to leave the infusion at rest for 5 minutes and strain before drinking. You should drink a cup of this infusion 30 minutes before the main meal to avoid gassing during digestion.
8. Thyme infusion:
Thyme has digestive and carminative properties, so it will be very useful to avoid this problem. To prepare this thyme infusion you have to boil, for 5 minutes, a bunch of thyme in half a liter of water. Next, you have to let it stand for 10 minutes before straining to separate the remains of the plants. You can drink a cup daily, and to sweeten, you can add a teaspoon of honey.
9. Infusion of basil.
As the basil possesses carminative properties, its infusions are very beneficial to diminish the gases. To prepare this basil infusion, you have to add 15 grams of fresh parts (stems and leaves) of basil in one liter of water about to boil. Next, you have to let the infusion stand for 10 minutes covered, filter it and drink 2 cups daily, for the necessary time.
Other other home remedies for gases
10. Hot water for gases:
To relieve an attack of pain caused by an excessive accumulation of gas in your intestine, you can practice this remedy with hot water by placing yourself on the abdomen with a hot water bottle or electric blanket (dry heat) for about twenty or thirty minutes.
11. Water with lemon for gases:
The lemon has properties that will favor your digestive process, helping you to fight the problem of gases. To implement this remedy with water and lemon, first you have to squeeze it and add water to the water juice to complete a glass. At every meal, you have to sip that lemon juice diluted with water to prevent the gases from appearing later.
12. Celery for gases:
Celery has digestive and carminative properties, so it will be of great help to prevent gases from being produced during digestive processes. To prepare this remedy with celery, you have to boil a bunch of celery in half a liter of water for 5 minutes. You have to take a cup of this preparation before each meal to avoid the accumulation of gases.
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