Your stomach is one of the most delicate parts of the body. If it does not get a nutritious diet, it can create a lot of digestive problems such as gas. Excess intestinal gas can be a result of eating too much of certain foods, not being able to adequately digest some foods or a disruption in the bacteria normally found in the colon. Moreover, overeating and smoking can also cause gas. Well, no matter what is the cause, gas can be extremely uncomfortable, especially if you experience it all the time. But what is the solution and how can you get rid of gas? Let’s find out.
Health Shots reached out to Dr Pratik Tibdewal, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, to understand what can help you reduce gas.
Tips to get rid of gas issue
Here are 10 ways to relieve gas issues and improve digestion:
1. Herbal teas
Drink non-carbonated beverages. Some people find comfort in herbal tea or warm water. You can try chamomile, peppermint, or ginger tea. They can be relaxing on your stomach and soothe gas. Drink it warm only.
2. Eat light food in a right way
To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body requires, you need to eat a balanced diet. Additionally, only consume smaller, lighter meals if you are experiencing gastric problems. Additionally, chew your food thoroughly to facilitate digestion.
3. Breathe properly
Conscious breathing, particularly before and after meals, stimulates the digestive process and relieves gas. The rule is to inhale deeply to adequately fill your lungs, and then exhale to make sure no additional gas is left in your body.
4. Add fiber to the diet
Along with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, include lots of fiber-rich foods in your diet, such as beans, lentils, and nuts, to help you control your digestion and lessen gas.
5. Baking soda
Drink a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Don’t use more than 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Too much baking soda use can exacerbate gastric problems.
6. Don’t hold the farts
Many people feel awkward farting in front of others. If you’re also one and hold your fart, then be ready for stomach issues. You can feel bloated and experience excruciating abdominal discomfort as a result.
7. Keep yourself moving
Don’t sit still or in the same spot all the time. Your stomach may become trapped with gas as a result. Instead, engage in abdominal muscle strengthening exercises to maintain proper digestion. Yoga, walking, jogging, and dancing are some options if you don’t like to exercise.
8. Drink water
Dehydration makes a lot of people more susceptible to indigestion and gas throughout the summer. So, to prevent dehydration and the stomach problems it can cause, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. To quench your thirst, you can also try ajwain water, coconut water, lemon water, and fennel water.
9. Have ginger water
Eating ginger aka adrak helps to treat intestinal gas, bloating, constipation, and other digestive conditions. It has long been used to treat digestive problems in Ayurveda. You can eat it by putting it in tea, sabzi, or soups. Don’t eat too much of it.
10. Manage periods
Are you menstruating? Well, this can suddenly make you gassy and end up making you fart a lot more than usual. It occurs as a result of your body producing high estrogen and low progesterone levels. Along with other digestive problems like bloating and constipation, you might experience the muscles surrounding your abdomen contracting. Increase your drink intake, eat light meals, and use a heating pad to lessen the period symptoms.
Abide by these tips and you’ll see results quickly!