The presence of gas in your digestive system is a normal part of the digestion process.
Admit it or not, all of us have accidentally passed gas somewhere and didn’t admit it. You pass gas almost every hour, yet it still feels embarrassing.
Well, getting rid of gas through passing gas and/or burping are both normal. As a matter of fact, people pass gas around 10 to 20 times a day or more, and yet it is still normal.
But if trapped gas is the case, it may cause gas pain and uncomfortableness in the stomach.
There are several factors that can cause gas, such as foods that can make you gassy, eating habits, or certain digestive system disorders (irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease).
Gas pain may range from very mild to severe cramping due to trapped gas. To know if you have gas, the signs and symptoms include:
Cramping pain or having a knot in your stomach
Bloating or the feeling of fullness or pressure in the abdomen
An increase in the size of your abdomen
Since people pass gas up to 20 times a day, it is rarely a sign of a medical problem. And this often results from swallowing too much air while eating or drinking.
This can also happen if you like chewing gum often, drinking sodas or carbonated drinks, smoking, or sucking on hard candy.
Burping is the body’s process for expelling stomach gas. But if the gas isn’t released through a burp, it will then travel to your intestines and released to the anus.
Gas can stay in the large intestine when your digestive system breaks down certain carbohydrates like fiber, sugar, and starches that weren’t digested in the small intestines.
The process of breaking down the food in the large intestine will produce hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and in some cases, methane gas can be released from the rectum.
That is why gas happens after eating or drinking something.
Here are certain foods that may trigger gas, bloating, and other symptoms:
On the other hand, there are also certain medical conditions that may trigger flatulence.
Chronic Intestinal Disease - This describes a chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. The symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.
This is often a symptom of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth - This causes excess bacteria to form in the small intestines. Thus, making it difficult for the body to absorb the nutrients.
Symptoms include cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
Food Intolerances - This is a condition wherein you have a sensitivity to milk or gluten.
Your body can’t absorb or will have a difficult time breaking down these foods, Thus, you experience gas or abdominal pain after eating these foods if you have food intolerance.
Constipation - This causes a person to have difficulties passing their bowel. This is usually a result from infrequent bowel activity which will cause gas build up and bloating.
Stomach gas is totally normal and harmless, although it can really hurt sometimes. However, it may be embarrassing at times when you have frequent passing of gas. Here are several natural remedies for treating gas:
This herb has been traditionally used for treating indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, ulcers, and even stomach gas.
This has the ability to ease digestive stress. It works on secondary nerves and muscles making it a very effective remedy in relaxing the mind and body.
Chamomile can soothe the walls of the intestines, alleviating the sharp pains and eliminating gas.
This is because it relaxes not just the body, but also the nervous system. This is especially an advantage when stress and tension are the ones responsible for your digestive problems.
You can enjoy a cup of chamomile tea every morning to treat your gassy stomach. Do this by soaking a chamomile tea bag onto a cup of hot water.
This popular ingredient has been used for stomach-related conditions since the ancient times.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce pain and swelling in the intestines, headache, and even in eliminating gas.
Ginger may help speed up the stomach's process of passing bowels, relieving an upset stomach, and reduce intestinal cramping, bloating, and gas.
You can make this remedy by using instant ginger tea or it’s real form. For instant powdered tea, add a quarter to half a teaspoon of coarsely powdered ginger root with a cup of boiled water.
On the other hand, if you want to try using real ginger, start by using a tablespoon of fresh sliced ginger with a cup of water and boil for 10 minutes.
Based on traditional medicine, peppermint has been widely known to soothe digestive issues due to its cooling properties.
Thus, peppermint oil has been shown to relax muscles in your digestive system and improve various digestive symptoms.
Therefore, peppermint tea may provide similar benefits. You can do this by adding 3 tablespoons of peppermint leaves or a tea bag with a cup of boiled water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is also a popular remedy for certain conditions, one of them is helping ease digestive problems.
This is helpful in treating gas and the feeling of fullness. Apple cider vinegar is filled with enzymes that can improve your digestive system.
Just simply add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water and drink before your next meal.
The seeds in fennel are the ones used to make tea. This has been traditionally used for digestive problems such as gas, constipation, bloating, and abdominal pain.
The seeds themselves contain oils that work to prevent bacteria, microbes, and inflammation. It can also boost your digestion.
You can do this remedy either by buying fennel seeds or as a tea already. Start by crushing 1 to 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds per cup of boiled water.