Flatulence also known as bloating and abdominal distension is a common problem. It features with excessive production of gas inside the stomach and intestine. In majority of cases flatulence occurs due to indigestion. Furthermore, consumption of certain foods is associated with increased production of gas and subsequent flatulence. And it may be a symptom of certain gastrointestinal illnesses. The excess of gas is either expelled by burping or emitted in a form of wind. This is not a serious medical issue bur it may interfere in normal functioning of a person.
Causes of Flatulence
Intestinal gas normally contains varying quantities of exogenous sources and endogenous sources. The exogenous gases are swallowed and endogenous gases are produced inside the gastrointestinal tract. Any reason of improper digestion of food may cause flatulence.
There are certain foods that are associated with the occurrence of flatulence. These foods are commonly rich in certain polysaccharides such as inulin. They may also increase the pungency of the flatus. Flatulence-associated foods include legumes (peas, beans, lentils etc), dairy products, onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, turnips, radishes, and many cruciferous vegetables. Furthermore, flatulence may be connected with lactose intolerance. And finally, there are several more illnesses and factors which contribute to flatulence and they include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, stomach flu, anxiety, depression, anger, smoking etc.
Natural Remedies for Flatulence
A variety of substances available in our homes can alleviate symptoms and signs caused by flatulence.
For example, a cup of water can be mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of table salt. The juice of one squeezed lemon is added to his mixture. Once the mixture is taken the symptoms of flatulence improve.
There is one more remedy for flatulence. The juices obtained from one or two garlic cloves and a small piece of ginger are mixed and added to a cup of lukewarm water. After taking this mixture one will soon feel much better.
Furthermore, one may benefit from a solution that contains a cup of warm water, a half of teaspoonful of dry ginger powder, one pinch each of asafoetida and rock salt. Each of the previously mentioned ingredients is highly effective against flatulence.
Certain herbs are traditionally used in battle against flatulence. They have calming effect on the digestive system and improve food digestion. Some of them are peppermint tea, spearmint tea, anise tea, caraway tea etc.
And finally, if flatulence tends to reoccur after meals one can chew peppermint leaves. Menthol from peppermint possesses soothing effects and may be beneficial for the muscles in the digestive tract.