There are a number of things that can go wrong in a human’s digestive system. Worms and other parasites are just one of the threats along with gastric problems such as high acidity and indigestion. As such, it is no wonder that a human being can experience a host of gastric problems.
However, the most common reason why we experience gastric problems is because of the food we eat. Curiously, foods are also the same element that assists us in the treatment of gastric problems.
Causes of gas pain:
As we eat or drink we also swallow air. Sometime we may swallow air when we are nervous. This air finds its way into your lower digestive tract.
One of the main causes of gas pain is when bacteria in your colon, ferment carbohydrates that are not digested in your small intestines.
Even some of healthy foods such as, beans, peas and whole grains can cause gas to form, as these foods are high in fiber.
Dairy products consumption can also cause gas formation. It may be because your body is not able to break down the sugar (lactose) in dairy foods.
Use of certain medicines such as antibiotics and constipating drugs, also cause gas pain as they disrupt the normal bacterial flora that live in your bowel (part of the intestines).
Artificial sweetener like sorbitol and mannitol found in some sugar-free foods can also cause excess gas if your system cannot tolerate it.
Do eat in a hurry. Eating when you are on the run and under stress can interfere with digestion process and cause gas.
Smoking can also increase the amount of air you swallow. Symptoms of gas pain:
The primary gas pain symptoms includes sharp pains and jabbing cramps in your abdomen and these pains can change location quickly. Sometimes the pain is so intense that you feel it is serious illness like a heart problem, back pains and many others. This generally occurs when gas builds up in your intestines and are not expelled. The voluntary or involuntary passing of gas, either as belching (burp) or as flatus (gas generated in or expelled from the digestive tract) is also symptoms of gas pain.
Home remedies for Gas pain:
Top home remedies for gas pain for gas pain relief are:
Make a mixture of ginger powder, pounded carom seed(ajwain) and black salt in equal quantities. Take the mixture after meal (1 gram) for fast relief from gas pain.
Take a small piece of ginger. Sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice over it. Add a pinch of black salt and take this while you are having meal.
Make a powder out of cinnamon and boil it in a glass of water. Take this while it is warm half hour before meal. This will prevent the formation of gas.
Make a powder out of 2 grams of Asafoetida (hing) and mix it in a glass of warm water. Take about 20ml of it twice a day.
Try teas with peppermint, chamomile or fennel to relieve gas pain. Peppermint contains menthol, which appears to have an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of digestive tract. This is one of the most effective home remedies for gas pain.
If you have a severe pain try lying on your back, pulling your legs up to your chest. This can help to expel your gas. This is an immediate home remedy for gas pain.
Avoid consuming foods that affect you the most, such as high-fiber foods, dairy products, soda content drinks, beer, and other food products that cause excess gas.
You can temporarily cut high-fiber foods and gradually build up the intake over the weeks.
Eat several small meals instead of eating two or three larger ones a day.
One of the simpler and effective home remedies for gas pain is to increase the amount of fluid you drink, especially water.
Avoid these Gas Causing Foods:
Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, broccoli, onion
Whole grain: whole wheat
Fruits: apples, peaches, pears
Sorbitol: Sugar free candies, gums
Prevention from Gas:
Eat Slowly: Eating fast can interfere with proper digestion of food.
Walk: Walk for a minimum of 500 mtrs after meals.
Reduce Fatty Foods: Digestion is slow if you take lot of fatty foods.
Avoid Food: With trial and error method you can find which foods affects you most. Avoid them.
Reduce Smoking: While inhaling smoke you can swallow airs too hence avoid it for quick relief.
Straw: Avoid straw while drinking. You might swallow air while using straw for drinking liquids.
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