Causes and Symptoms of Gas and Bloating:
Bloating primarily refers to a sensation of fullness caused by an accumulation of intestinal gas in the abdominal area that the body has been unable to expel. In severe cases, gas may cause abdominal distension that may be extremely painful.
- Bloating usually occurs when there is an overproduction of intestinal gas due to poor digestion.
- Undigested food ferments in the intestines, producing carbon dioxide.
- Swallowing excessive air may also result in bloating. Chewing gum, sucking on hard candies, consuming aerated drinks, drinking through a straw and excessive gulping of air (usually as a nervous habit) are some activities that contribute to bloating.
- Consuming greasy and unhealthy food that’s difficult to digest or heavy meals also contribute to bloating.
- In most cases, bloating is a symptom of other medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and celiac disease.
- Hormonal changes may also be responsible for bloating in women. It is a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pregnancy.
How to Prevent Gas and Bloating:
Diet and exercise are key to preventing gas and bloating.
- Avoid gassy foods like beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce and cauliflower.
- Avoid dairy products if you’re lactose intolerant and gluten if you’re gluten intolerant.
- Sugar-free products should also be avoided, as they contain components that contribute to bloating.
- Regulate your digestion and include exercise in your routine.
- Avoid smoking, excessive gum chewing and sucking on hard candies, as these activities can make you swallow excess air.
How to Get Rid of Gas and Bloating:
If bloating has become a common occurrence in your life, you’ll need more than quick fixes to get rid of it. A diet and lifestyle change may be in order. In the meantime, many natural remedies can help you expel that excess gas.
So get ready to burp or find a private corner to expel that gas the other way with these simple remedies.
Method 1: Use Mustard
A teaspoon of mustard is effective not just for heartburn, but also when you’re troubled with gas and bloating. Mustard increases salivation, which promotes digestion. Also, being antispasmodic and antibacterial, it helps expel the intestinal gas, thus relieving bloating.
If you’re suffering from persisting bloating, regular consumption of mustard can help relieve the symptoms.
Single-Step Treatment: Consume plain mustard
Consume 1 tablespoon of plain yellow mustard and wash it down with a glass of warm water for instant relief. If you find the taste too repulsive to consume the given quantity, try 1 to 2 teaspoons of it.
If you can’t take it straight, mix in a little honey to improve the taste.
You can also take it with buttermilk or tea.
Method 2: Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great quick fix when it comes to bloating. It reacts with stomach acids to produce carbon dioxide and initiate belching, which helps release the trapped intestinal gas and provide immediate relief.
Although great for a quick fix, frequent and over-consumption of baking soda should be avoided, as it leads to increased production of stomach acid that can give rise to gastrointestinal problems over time. You should also avoid this remedy if you’re on a low-sodium diet, as 1 teaspoon of baking soda contains almost one-third of the daily sodium requirement of an average person.
Things you’ll need:
- Water – 1 cup
- Baking soda (helps release the trapped intestinal gas) – 1 teaspoon
- Lemon, medium-sized – ½
Step 1. Combine baking soda with lemon juice and water
- Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a glass.
- Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to it.
- Pour in 1 cup of water. Stir to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Step 2. Stir and consume the baking soda drink
- Stir to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
- Consume this baking soda drink to initiate belching and release the abdominal gas in few minutes.