10 Natural Remedies for Gas

Intestinal gas is an embarrassing and annoying situation that many people experience on a regular basis. Gas and bloating is, perhaps, one of the main health concerns that human beings living in the Western world complain of.

In fact, estimates show that with poor dietary habits we expel gas at least 14 times a day. That adds up to almost 4 pints of air daily! But, while these statistics may be the “norm,” it is certainly not a healthy balance.

What can we do about all this excess air? Below is a list of a few of my favorite remedies for gas and bloating.

1. Organic Ginger

Drinking ginger tea and eating fresh ginger root are two of the best remedies for gas. Add small amounts of ginger (both dried and fresh) to your food, as desired. You can also take a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger before meals for gas relief.

2. Organic Caraway Seeds

Try adding more of this spice to your meals, particularly if they are the foods that are known to cause gas. Caraway seeds help ease gas, indigestion and cramping, all while stimulating proper digestion.

3. Organic Garlic

The pungent heating qualities of garlic stimulates the gastric fire. This hot bulb is a great home remedy for gas, because you probably have a small jar of this spice in your kitchen right now. However, for best results, using fresh garlic is recommended.

4. Organic Dandelion Tea

A common weed, dandelion has numerous health benefits, one of which is relieving gas. Drink as a tea or add it dried as a spice to your meals. Here are a few tips for growing dandelion in your own backyard.

5. Organic Parsley

Adding more fresh parsley to your diet is another great remedy for gas. Either freshly minced or as a dried spice, add parsley to foods that may contribute to intestinal gas to help prevent it from becoming a problem.

6. Activated Charcoal

Charcoal has an intense absorption capacity that sucks up excess air in the digestive tract. You can try taking a charcoal supplement before eating, this can help relieve gas and bloating before it starts.

7. & 8. Perform a Colon Cleanse and then Switch to a Maintenance Cleanser

Performing a colon cleanse is a great first step at improving your overall colon health, as well as provide gas relief. I would recommend doing a 7-day colon cleanse, and then continue taking an oxygen colon cleanser 2-3x weekly, to help aid the body in ridding itself of toxins and gas.

9. Take a Probiotic Supplement

Taking a probiotic supplement or eating foods with probiotics in them, is a great way to get rid of the most common symptoms of gas. In fact, probiotics have many health benefits. Consuming more beneficial bacteria will not only help aid in the elimination of gas, but also keep your colon in optimal working order.

10. Incorporate Proper Eating Habits Into Your Life

Avoid foods that are known to cause gas and indigestion. This includes fried foods, processed foods and other processed forms of sugar. You may also want to explore your sensitivities to the common foods that cause gas, including wheat products, milk and high-fat foods.

Other foods that can lead to gas include most beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, apples, corn, oats, potatoes, most dairy products, pears, prunes, peaches and ice cream.

Do you have any other natural remedies for gas that you would recommend? If so, please leave them in the comment section below.

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Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

A dynamic author and speaker, Dr. Group focuses solely on spreading the message of health and wellness to the global community with the philosophy of full body cleansing, most importantly colon cleansing, consuming pure clean organic food, water, air, exercise and nutritional supplementation. Visit GlobalHealingCenter.com to learn more about living green and healthy!


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Dquixote1217's picture
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Tony Isaacs

Here are a few other suggestions:

* Fennel for flatulence. Take one tablespoon of flaxseed powder in a glass of juice twice a day, together with two capsules of fennel seed two or three times a day. Others have reported good results following a cup of fennel seed tea two or three times daily. To make fennel seed tea, slightly crush a teaspoon of fennel seeds and pour boiling water over them

* You can also simply chew fennel seeds, the same as you can anise and dill seeds when you feel bloated. The compounds in these seeds relax the muscles in your digestive tract, which allows trapped gas to pass. As a bonus, you should also have fresher breath, similar to when you consume parsley as suggested in your article.

* Hot water. Sip water as hot as you can take it! Half a cup usually works for. From an 86 year old grandma.

* Dill pickle. Eat one dill pickle of a teaspoonful of the pickle juice. Has the same effect that gripe water has on a baby.

* Mix two drops peppermint oil in 1/2 cup cool water and drink once or twice per day.

* Exercise. Lie on your back, put legs in the air, and move them in a bicycle motion. Best to do when alone.

OK, the devil made me do this: For grins, I have a few irreverant looks at gas problems on my sites main humor page:

http://www.tbyil.com/humor.htm

Perhaps not for the faint of heart and as I said, I am blaming the devil for much of that page. That darn ol' devil just jumps in my body sometimes and one never knows what is liable to happen or come out . .

: )

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Anonymous

Eating fruits first because they digest first, anis seed is good,
Eliminating hard to digest foods like milk and some cheeses
I have found a benifit from drinking coconut milk instead.

Anonymous's picture
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Lori

Good article, but the listings should be reversed. We should look at what we eat first, then add the probiotic. Do a food diary and note when problems occur. Easy way to find the culprit. Probiotics not only help digestive and elimination issues, but our gut health is the umbrella of our immune system. Beneficial bacteria helps to absorb nutrients and can provide a barrier for pathogens. Try the other suggestions for occasional problems.

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Kathy P

Digestive enzymes before a meal and hydrochloric acid right after a meal with meat in it. Things need to be properly digested, slow down in your eating. Apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water 10 mintues before a meal also helps some people.

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Anonymous

An excellent remedy for gas and upset stomach is guava leaves tea, an infusion made with the new leave sprouts of the guava tree.

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