Gas or flatulence occurs when excess air builds up in the stomach. These can be very annoying and painful and can even cause nausea.
Gases are normally eliminated by the process known as belching, since when we eat food we always swallow air that we automatically expel. But this burping process is sometimes aggravated and increased in cases of reflux or stomach bloating. Although there are times that this process does not occur because it is the stomach that eliminates the gases by itself.
Symptoms of intestinal gas:
- abdominal swelling
- Discomfort in the abdominal area or colic
- Recurrent urge to urinate
- Elimination of flatulence
Some tips to control gas:
- Eat slowly and chew food well so as not to swallow too much air and it accumulates in the digestive system causing gas.
- Avoid drinking carbonated drinks, milk, foods with refined sugar and some vegetables such as leafy vegetables because they can be flatulent.
- Also take care of your carbohydrate consumption, especially fiber as it can cause gas. And foods like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beans and turnips that are high in fiber are known to cause bloating and gas.
- Exercise helps reduce abdominal bloating and prevent gas. Yoga especially helps to avoid and expel gas.
- Allow at least 2 hours after eating before going to bed so that the digestion process is not disturbed and gases are generated.
- Take after eating infusions of chamomile, anise, airampo, cinnamon, lavender or mint to help digestion and avoid the appearance of intestinal gas ...
- Stress can also cause an increase in intestinal gas, so we must control it so that it does not alter the digestive process and generate excess flatulence.
Using seasonings such as rosemary, thyme, coriander, anise, fennel, etc ... in the preparation of meals, facilitates digestion and reduces gas accumulation, since aromatic herbs and spices can be used to prevent and treat heartburn or acid reflux and gas.
The most used and known are:
Anise: Anise tea, as it has antispasmodic properties, being very effective against colic caused by small gastrointestinal spasms, especially flatulence.
Basil: prevents indigestion, cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Cardamom: used as a carminative to treat indigestion and gas.
Cayenne: it is a carminative and antispasmodic, it prevents indigestion.
Cinnamon: it is an emollient and a carminative, with strong effects for the relief of heartburn, gas, diarrhea and dysentery.
Clove: for the treatment of flatulence, vomiting and nausea.
Coriander: it is a carminative, widely used in laxative formulas.
Fennel: it is an ideal ingredient to treat abdominal inflammation that is produced by excess stomach gas.
Garlic: it is a general regulator and a great antispasmodic and carminative. If you add fresh garlic to your meals you will notice a great improvement in the problem
Ginger: acts on all digestive levels, with healthy benefits for the stomach and intestines, cramps and nausea. Chew a piece of fresh ginger after every meal. You can also add powdered or fresh ginger to your stews.