We all suffer from it. We just don’t like to talk about. Horrible terrible awful gas pain. Sometimes it’s relatively minor, only occurring every so often. However, for some people, it’s a painful daily occurrence. Lucky for us, there are several cheap and easy remedies we can employ at home leaving gas pain to be a dark, painful secret of the past.
Symptoms of Gas Pain
Unfortunately, many people find the symptoms of gas pain hard to ignore and they may include:
- Feeling very full in the stomach
- A knotted, swelling tightness in abdomen
- Sharp, shifting cramps in abdomen
- Voluntary or involuntary passing of gas, as either flatulence or belches
At times, gas pain may be so intense and persistent that you may think something is seriously wrong. The pain may be so severe, that sometimes people mistake gas pain for gallstones, heart disease, or appendicitis.
When to See a Doctor
Expelling gas is a normal part of life. Flatulence can occur anywhere between 10 to 20 times a day. However, if your gas pain is accompanied with any of the following health symptoms, you should call your doctor.
- Vomiting or nausea
- Weight loss
- Prolonged abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Bloody stools
- A change in the frequency or color of stool
You should also call your doctor or seek medical assistance if the gas pain is so severe and persistent that it interferes with your normal activities, even for a short time.
Causes of Gas Pain
Digestive issues are a common problem amongst adults, plaguing about 10 to 20 percent of adults. Often the cause of our digestive issues are diet while other times issues may arise due to a bacteria in our gut called H. pylori. Often people are unaware of where their gastric pain stems from.
- High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes
- Fiber supplements, especially if added to diet too quickly
- Spicy food
- Carbonated beverages
- Excessive drinking
- Food intolerances, such as lactose or gluten
- Artificial food additives such as artificial sweeteners
- Swallowed air
- Chewing gum or hard candy
- Stress or anxiety
- Over eating
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Improper digestion
- Bacterial infection
All of this sounds awful, right? Luckily there are plenty of home remedies to treat gas pain as opposed to invasive antibiotics.
These natural remedies are effective alternatives to medicine:
Home Remedies for Gas Pain
Peppermint is particularly soothing to an upset stomach and easing gas pain. Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which reduces spasms of the smooth muscle in the digestive tract. Enjoying a nice, warm cup of peppermint tea is also calming on the nerves, addressing the anxiety and stress that can be an underlying factor of gas pain. Have a cup of peppermint tea after dinner to avoid any potential problems associated with digestion.
If you don’t care for the taste of peppermint, chamomile tea may be palatable for more discerning tastes. Chamomile tea calms spasms in the digestive tract and is also an anti-inflammatory. Chamomile also soothes gas associated with indigestion and heartburn. Enjoy a relaxing cup of chamomile tea after your evening meal or whenever you need relief.
Cinnamon provides instant relief to gas pain that will not only stop flatulence in its tracks, but also prevent it from occurring in the future. To experience the benefits of cinnamon, heat up a cup of soy milk and add half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a bit of honey. Let sit, and then reheat to a warm temperature and then drink slowly. Don’t like soy milk? You can make your own cinnamon tea by adding some cinnamon powder to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes and then enjoy.
Ginger has a reputation as being a cure all for stomach ailments and the reputation is well deserved. Ginger is not only considered a traditional cure for indigestion, but it also stops gas from forming inside of the stomach. If you want to prevent flatulence, chew on a fresh piece of ginger after a meal. If that sounds awful to you, Boil some ginger in hot water and then strain it, and drink it as a tea.
The heating qualities of garlic help stoke the gastric fire in your gut, easing gas and bloating. Add fresh garlic to your meal or have a bowl of garlic soup. Another alternative is to boil some grinded up garlic cloves to hot water, adding cumin seeds and black pepper. After water has reached the boiling point, strain and then let cool down to room temperature. Drink this gas soothing solution three times a day for best results.
By eating a few pieces of clove directly, you can get instant relief from gas, gas pain and bloating. If eating cloves is too strong for you, try using clove oil to soothe an irritated stomach.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar’s reputation as nature’s cure all also extends itself to digestive issues. Apple cider vinegar is commonly used to treat both gas and indigestion to get instant relief.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water. Allow it to cool down to room temperature and then drink. Slowly sip for best results.
Baking soda and lemon:
Considered a traditional treatment for gas, combining baking soda with lemon makes a great antacid. Add the juice of one squeezed lemon to a glass and add some baking soda. This will cause some fizzing and bubbles. Add a bit more baking soda and then a cup of water and stir until the baking soda dissolves completely. Drink slowly. You should expect relief from gas and bloating within 20 minutes. If you need instant relief and don’t want to wait 20 minutes, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and drink slowly on an empty stomach.
Drinking a glass of buttermilk is particularly beneficial to those who are looking for relief from indigestion and gas pain. Buttermilk contains more lactic acid than milk and is easier to digest.
Chewing on fennel seeds is a great way to get instant relief from flatulence, gas pain, and indigestion from fatty and spicy foods. The oil found in fennel seeds also helps to combat nausea.
Alternatively, you can make a fennel tea by adding seeds to a glass of hot water and allowing to steep for 3-5 minutes. Drink slowly to experience relief within 5-10 minutes.
For centuries, caraway seeds have been used to ease cramping, indigestion, bloating, and gas.
Add a teaspoon of caraway seeds to a cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the seeds and then drink right before you eat. You can also chew on caraway seeds for immediate results.
Black pepper increases the hydrochloric acid release in the stomach, greatly aiding digestion. Consuming black pepper eases acidity and indigestion. To soothe indigestion, mix powdered black pepper with crushed jaggery in a glass of buttermilk. Or if you want to treat both gas and indigestion, mix equal parts powdered black pepper, ginger powder, dried mint leaves, and coriander seeds. Consume this a teaspoon of this mixture twice a day.
This common kitchen spice is a great way to speed up the digestion process and to comfort gas and indigestion. You can either chew on the pods directly for instant relief or add a few pods of cardamom seeds to a cup of ginger tea. Consume cardamom several times a day for a great digestion aid.
Another great spice for your digestive system is asafoetida. Commonly used in Indian cooking, asafoetida cures indigestion, constipation, and stomachaches. Add a pinch of this magic spice to a glass of warm water and drink 2-3 times a day.
Carom seeds have been considered a long time cure for indigestion. Carom seeds promote the release of gastric juice that aid the digestive function in our intestinal tract. The easiest way to consume carom seeds to is swallow 5-10 seeds along with a pinch of salt washed down with a glass of water. Eat these seeds and watch your digestive issues vanish!
Lets end this article and your digestive issues on a nice and simple note. By simply drinking a glass of warm water, you can instantly soothe gas and indigestion. Warm water not only helps to flush out all the toxins present in your body, it also helps to break down food, making digestion much easier on our bodies. Have a glass of warm first thing in the morning to keep your digestive system on track and enjoy a glass after meals to lighten the workload on your digestive system.