Flatulence, or gas, is air formed in the intestines as food is being digested. Gas is passed through the rectum and can make a person feel bloated or experience abdominal pain or discomfort. Everyone has gas, and on average eliminate it about 14 times a day. Gas is made of odorless vapors, including carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen. The odor of gas comes from the bacteria in the large intestine that release gases like sulfur. Gas can make a person feel bloated or cause cramping in the abdominal area.
What Causes Excess Gas or Flatulence?
Flatulence is the name used to refer to the build-up of gas inside the digestive tract. It can be caused by any of the following:
Ingestion of air such as when one is talking or eating or doing any other activity that involves opening the mouth.
The condition can also be caused by some foods such as chilies, which are known to produce gas when inside the digestive tract.
Home Remedies for Flatulence
Cardamom seeds speeds up digestion process. These can be sautéed with rice or vegetables used for cooking or just the whole pods can be chewed on or added to tea.
Yogurt contains acidophilus, a bacteria that aids digestion and hence alleviates flatulence and indigestion.
Adding two to three cloves to rice while cooking helps in eliminating flatulence, while also pepping up digestion.
Fennel has excellent digestive powers, and hence can be taken after every meal for digestion and for freshening breath. About ½ tsp. of fennel seeds can be added to a cup of boiling water for ten minutes and drinking the strained liquid is best for flatulence relief.
Chewing Peppermint is an effective home remedy for gas. It contains Menthol, which is beneficial in tackling flatulence.
Corriander seeds can be powdered and added to foods, as they ease cramps, flatulence, bloating and hiccups.
Mix half a teaspoon of dry ginger powder in a glass of warm water. Add a pinch of rock salt and asafetida. This liquid can be consumed several times for reducing problems due to flatulence.
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