Drinking carbonated beverages, eating fast, or being stressed are some of the most common causes of bloating and gas. The solution to eliminating them? Change some habits, take it easy, and include an infusion of certain plants after meals.
It is estimated that up to 1.8 liters of gas can circulate through our intestines every day. The presence of gases is, therefore, natural, and they are generated mainly due to the decomposition and transformation of food.
But there are also other natural processes that may be behind them. For example, did you know that hormonal changes that occur before the menstrual period can cause more gas?
Whatever the origin of the problem (and the associated bloating sensation) is generated when its presence is excessive and ends up accumulating in the intestine more gases than usual, which leads the body to expel them (with the discomfort that this generates).
What Causes Gases and How to Reduce Them?
But why does this excessive accumulation of gas occur? It is habitual that it is due to the ingestion of some food like carbonated drinks, and other times the fault lies in bad habits, like eating too quickly, or even, the nerves or emotional stress. It can also happen that more than one factor is involved at the same time.
Should I See a Doctor if I Have Intestinal Gases?
In general, the accumulation of gas and its expulsion is not usually a symptom of any disease.
However, if this bloating is accompanied by any of these symptoms, it would be good to see a specialist and let them evaluate the situation:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of weight
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
Infusions to Eliminate Intestinal Gases
One of the ways to do so concerns diet. Many foods, such as figs, papaya, or kiwi could be part of a so-called carminative diet (which helps to deflate and regain a flat stomach). But also infusions prepared with plants such as chamomile, boldo, or anise can help you deal with intestinal gasses.
The root of this plant makes us feel less full by stimulating the production of acid in the stomach. By speeding up digestion, there is less risk of food fermenting in the intestine and ending up producing gas.
It is advisable to take an infusion of ½ inch of the root in a cup of water after meals.
Its seeds are very effective because they reduce the formation of gases in the intestine and stimulate gastric secretions, which promotes good digestion and reduces the discomfort caused by flatulence.
The secret seems to be in the anethole, a compound of this plant (with licorice flavor), also present in star anise.
It contains an essential oil called cineol, so it brings interesting carminative benefits (decreased gas formation) and a protective effect on the stomach.
Boldo contains 20 alkaloids, including boldine, a substance that has important diuretic properties.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) contains a very active essential oil, with strong stimulating action on digestion, as well as carminative.
When preparing the infusion with cardamom, include a tablespoon of star anise and mint. Drink two cups a day, after the main meals.
Peppermint doesn’t only reduces the formation of gas in the intestines but also helps the digestion of food and prevents constipation.
To prepare it, heat a cup of water, add the peppermint leaves and let them boil over low heat for a couple of minutes. After this time, wait for it to rest, strain it and drink it slowly.
Taking an infusion of anise after a large meal or after eating food with inflammatory effects is an excellent idea. This plant stands out for its ability to control flatulence and intestinal inflammation.
Both the star anise and the common anise serve to prepare a delicious infusion against excess gas.
Caraway is a very aromatic plant. It contains essential oil with digestive and carminative properties. It helps to eliminate gas, reduce flatulence, calm gastrointestinal spasms and normalize digestion.
You can prepare it as an infusion on its own, or combine it with other carminative plants such as anise or mint.
8. White Pennyroyal
The white pennyroyal is an ideal natural remedy to restore digestive balance, and in particular, to eliminate intestinal gas.
You can add green anise, it will give a sweeter touch and add the carminative effect.
9. Bay Leaf
Although the most common is to use this plant as a condiment, you can also prepare an infusion with its leaves. These are good resources to treat abdominal distension or bloated belly and prevent gas and belching.
You can use the leaves and fruits of the laurel, along with pennyroyal mint, to prepare an infusion and take it after meals.
A gentle way to eliminate gas is to drink an infusion of chamomile. This plant is one of the best options to relieve stomach pain and other difficulties such as inflammation, flatulence, and ulcers.
Once the infusion is ready, wait 10 minutes to ingest it. To notice its effectiveness, it is enough to drink two to three cups a day.
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