Gas pains can be really troublesome. The pain can be so intense that you feel it’s serious illness. The following passage provides you with the possible home remedies for gas pain relief, causes and symptoms to help you acknowledge the problem.
Top home remedies for gas pain for gas pain relief are:
- Make a mixture of ginger powder, pounded carom seed(ajwain) and black salt in equal quantities. Take the mixture after meal (1 gram) for fast relief from gas pain.
- Take a small piece of ginger. Sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice over it. Add a pinch of black salt and take this while you are having meal.
- Make a powder out of cinnamon and boil it in a glass of water. Take this while it is warm half hour before meal. This will prevent the formation of gas.
- Make a powder out of 2 grams of Asafoetida (hing) and mix it in a glass of warm water. Take about 20ml of it twice a day.
- Try teas with peppermint, chamomile or fennel to relieve gas pain. Peppermint contains menthol, which appears to have an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of digestive tract. This is one of the most effective home remedies for gas pain.
- If you have a severe pain try lying on your back, pulling your legs up to your chest. This can help to expel your gas. This is an immediate home remedy for gas pain.
- Avoid consuming foods that affect you the most, such as high-fiber foods, dairy products, soda content drinks, beer, and other food products that cause excess gas.
- If you experience burning sensation while passing stool and if stool is foul smelling then it is a sign that your colon contains toxic material. Follow a fasting program to eliminate these toxins
- For a fast relief from bloating or heartburn you could go for brown rice or barley broth. You have to boil the mixture containing five parts of water and one part of grain. Boil this mixture for 10 minutes, uncovered. Now cover it and boil it on simmer for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool the liquid after straining it. Sip the strained liquid during the day for fast relief from gas problems
- Do not eat food when you are tensed, upset or overtired
- Do not drink liquid while eating food as this prevents proper digestion by diluting stomach juices
- You can temporarily cut high-fiber foods and gradually build up the intake over the weeks.
- Eat several small meals instead of eating two or three larger ones a day.
- One of the simpler and effective home remedies for gas pain is to increase the amount of fluid you drink, especially water.
Avoid these Gas Causing Foods
- Baked beans
- Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, broccoli, onion
- Chewing gum
- Whole grain: whole wheat
- Fruits: apples, peaches, pears
- Sorbitol: Sugar free candies, gums
- Carbonated drinks
Prevention from Gas
Let us have a look at some of the ways in which stomach gas can be prevented –
- Eat Slowly: Eating fast can interfere with proper digestion of food.
- Walk: Walk for a minimum of 500 mtrs after meals.
- Reduce Fatty Foods: Digestion is slow if you take lot of fatty foods.
- Avoid Food: With trial and error method you can find which foods affects you most. Avoid them.
- Reduce Smoking: While inhaling smoke you can swallow air too hence avoid it for quick relief.
- Straw: Avoid straw while drinking. You might swallow air while using straw for drinking liquids.
Causes of gas pain
Below are some of the primary causes of gas pain –
- As we eat or drink we also swallow air. Sometime we may swallow air when we are nervous. This air finds its way into your lower digestive tract.
- One of the main causes of gas pain is when bacteria in your colon, ferment carbohydrates that are not digested in your small intestines.
- Even some of healthy foods such as, beans, peas and whole grains can cause gas to form, as these foods are high in fiber.
- Dairy products consumption can also cause gas formation. It may be because your body is not able to break down the sugar (lactose) in dairy foods.
- Use of certain medicines such as antibiotics and constipating drugs, also cause gas pain as they disrupt the normal bacterial flora that live in your bowel (part of the intestines).
- Artificial sweetener like sorbitol and mannitol found in some sugar-free foods can also cause excess gas if your system cannot tolerate it.
- Do eat in a hurry. Eating when you are on the run and under stress can interfere with digestion process and cause gas.
- Smoking can also increase the amount of air you swallow.
Symptoms of gas pain
The primary gas pain symptoms includes sharp pains and jabbing cramps in your abdomen and these pains can change location quickly. Sometimes the pain is so intense that you feel it is serious illness like a heart problem, back pains and many others. This generally occurs when gas builds up in your intestines and are not expelled. The voluntary or involuntary passing of gas, either as belching (burp) or as flatus (gas generated in or expelled from the digestive tract) is also symptoms of gas pain.
Bloating and Gas Pain
Many people feel that they tend to pass gas or burp very often, which can be quite embarrassing and also cause much discomfort. On the whole the average adult tends to pass about 1 to 3 pints of gas every day, which comes out of the anus about 14 to 23 times in a day. Burping occasionally before having one’s meals is quite normal.
The amount of gas one produces depends upon one’s diet as well as other individual factors. Of course, most individuals who do complain of excessive gas actually pass usual amounts of gas.
Source of gas – Swallowing air is the most important source of the formation of the gas. It is of course quite natural to swallow small amounts of air while eating as well as drinking and when one is swallowing saliva. One may swallow more amounts of air when one was eating food rapidly, chewing gum, gulping liquids and even smoking.
Most of the air is got rid of through belching which results in only a relatively small amount of air passing through the stomach into one’s small intestine. One posture has an effect on how air passes into the small intestine.
Belching – Belching is either voluntary or may occur unintentionally. Involuntary belching is quite normal after one has one’s meals. This releases the air that enlarges or stretches one’s stomach. Belching is common with certain types of foods that tends to relax the ring shaped muscle. Located at the lower end of our esophagus where it tends to join the stomach. Such foods are chocolates, fats as well as peppermint.
Indigestion – Some carbohydrates are not easily digested, and results in gas. Quite a number of vegetables contain raffinose, such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, whole grains and broccoli. These cause a lot of flatulence and gas. Consuming a large amount of lactose can cause gas production.
Diseases – Those suffering from certain diseases such as scleroderma or diabetes usually experience the slowing down of the small intestine. This can result in the growth of bacteria in the inside one’s bowel. This causes poor digestion of nutrients as well as carbohydrates. These can also can cause gas production.
Functional dyspepsia – This refers to persistent pain in the upper part of the abdomen. Nerves that carry messages from our bowel movement tend to be overactive in the case of IBS. Many people complain of bloating.
Irritable bowel movement – This can also cause gas production and bloating. There are much changes in one’s bowel movement such as diarrhea or constipation. Nerves that carry messages from one’s bowel may be overactive.
Anus irritation or esophagus – Those who have irritation around their anus on account of hemorrhoids or several other problems may also face much discomfort and the passing of gas. Those who suffer from irritation of esophagus also experience burping that is quite painful.
Diet restrictions – One must avoid foods that tend to aggravate the condition. Foods such as dairy products, milk, some types of fruits as well as vegetables, artificial sweeteners and even carbonated beverages. One must maintain a record of foods that bother a person.
Yoga for the digestive system – Mayurasana
Mayura in Sanskrit means peacock. Mayurasana (the peacock posture) helps in the proper functioning of the digestive system. It enhances the circulation and supply of blood to the digestive organs and hence could prevent lots of digestive related problems.
- Kneel keeping your knees twelve inches apart
- Place the hands on the floor between the knees with your wrists facing forward and fingers pointing backward
- Support both sides of the navel with your elbows
- Balancing on your hands, raise your body and legs to a horizontal position. First raise the upper part of your body and then the legs
- Stretch your legs a little wide like the letter V
- Remain in this posture for few seconds
- Return to the original position by slowly folding your legs and then placing your knees on the ground. Then sit on your soles