5 Home Remedies That Help You Combat Stomach Gas
Stomach gas is a natural by-product of digestion and everyone experiences it. However,an
excess of it can not only be embarrassing but extremely uncomfortable and painful as well.
It can be caused by intake of air while eating or drinking or released during the incomplete
breakdown of undigested food. An intolerance to certain foods or medical conditions of the
stomach can also lead to stomach gas.
Nonetheless, it is not a problem that always requires you to visit the pharmacist and a
simple trip to the kitchen coupled with a few lifestyle modifications can help deal with the
Listed here are 5 home remedies for stomach gas:
Sipping on ginger1 tea is beneficial, as ginger is known to be useful in the breaking up and
expelling of intestinal gas.
The herbs in your kitchen that add flavour to your the dishes can be of great help when you
are suffering from stomach gas. Many of the herbs are carminative in nature, i.e. they help in
the expulsion of gas and reduce bloating and distension. Some of the useful carminative
herbs are ginger, cinnamon, fennel, basil and cumin.
Consuming these herbs helps in the rapid movement of food from the stomach to the
intestine and causes gut contractions to relieve gas.
The use of cumin2 in the preparation of dishes and intake of a small quantity of fennel3 right
after meals can help you get rid of a bloated stomach.
Yogurt and Buttermilk
The use of probiotics like yogurt and buttermilk also helps in relieving gas and supports
digestion. Probiotics are substances that contain ‘good’ bacteria which are the natural
inhabitants of our gut and are responsible for maintenance of its health.
Yogurt and buttermilk are natural probiotics which contain Lactobacillus and
Bifidobacterium, the ‘good’ species of bacteria which fight the gas-producing harmful
bacteria and prevent them from sticking to the walls of your stomach.
Whole fat milk can lead to the accumulation of gas, especially in people who suffer from
lactose intolerance. Yogurt and buttermilk are healthy alternatives that can be easily
Aloe Vera Juice
The benefits of aloe vera for the skin are widely known but there are not many people who
know that aloe vera juice is a great home remedy for treating gas. It has been proven in a
trial5 conducted on patients that aloe vera juice indeed helps you get rid of gas and
associated pain significantly.
One of the beneficial effects of this fruit is relief from stomach gas. Papaya6 is not only rich in
anti-oxidants but also papain, an enzyme that aids the digestion of dietary proteins and
prevents the formation of excessive gas in the stomach. Papain supplements are available in
the market but the whole fruit itself has several benefits.
Although the aforementioned are quite reliable home remedies for stomach gas, it pays, in
the long run, to incorporate some changes into your daily lifestyle as well to avoid this. They
involve physical activity, die7 changes like eating small and frequent meals, avoiding fried
and spicy foods and drinking warm water with meals.
Managing stress with the help of meditation8 and yoga is also beneficial in not only avoiding
stomach gas but also contributes towards your general well being.
1 The Amazing and Mighty Ginger
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2 Cumin Extract for Symptom Control in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case SeriesRead More »
3 Foeniculum vulgare Mill: A Review of Its Botany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Contemporary Application, and ToxicologyRead More »
4 Use of probiotics in gastrointestinal disorders: what to recommend?
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5 Aloe vera in treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome: Trial on Iranian patientsRead More »
6 Papaya preparation (Caricol®) in digestive disorders.Read More »
7 Bloating and functional gastro-intestinal disorders: Where are we and where are we going?Read More »
8The effects of relaxation response meditation on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: results of a controlled treatment study.Read More »
How To Shift Acidity
Powders are easy to carry and administer, so long
as water is accessible, and they start acting
quickly to relieve acidity symptoms.
Liquids tend to act more quickly on an acidity
problem than tablets and are often the preferred
form for children, but can be difficult to
carry around when you’re on the go.
Tablets are easy to carry, but tend to act more
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