Gas and indigestion are a very common cause of concern for a lot of us. Getting tempted by the sight of pani – puri and chole bhatura (Indian dishes) is something no Indian can control. Many a times we tend to give in to the urge of eating something spicy and tasty and as a result face gas and indigestion. Gas and indigestion are also indicative of an upset stomach
Indigestion includes a wide array of gastrointestinal problems including flatulence (gas), belching and bloating.
Symptoms of Gas and indigestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain / Stomach ache
- Burning sensation in stomach and chest
- An acidic taste in the mouth.
Causes of Gas and indigestion
- Eating and drinking too fast
- Swallowing too much air while eating food
- Consuming too much of Alcohol
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Eating very spicy food
- Large quantity consumption of food
- Eating gas forming foods like legumes (Rajma , Chole , Red channa, chickpeas , raw sprouts) , vegetables like radish, cabbage and cauliflower
- Going without food for long. And long intervals between 2 meals.
- Peptic ulcers
Apart from the above causes, women experience a lot of gas and indigestion during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. Also, people who are obese also suffer from indigestion more often than others.
When a person is suffering from gas and indigestion, he/she is unable to concentrate on work. Often, one is unable to find a comfortable position to rest. Stomach cramps and pain make it difficult to eat anything and perform day to day task.
Basic tips to Avoid Indigestion and Gas
- Eating small frequent meals instead of binge eating.
- Exercising regularly.
- Cutting down fatty and fried foods from your diet.
- Eating dinner at least two hours before going to sleep. Or slow pace walking for 5 – 10 mins after dinner.
- Not taking too much stress.
Home Remedies for Gas and Acidity
Here are some instant home remedies to get relief from gas and indigestion. medicines have only a temporary effect on your problem. But home remedies can take you a long way in solving this problem.
1. Ginger Tea
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Ginger helps to produce enzymes that facilitate digestion of food. A hot cup of ginger tea helps to relieve gas, cramps, bloating and stomach aches. In fact, chewing a slice of ginger after eating food can help to prevent acidity and gas. Alternately, you can also add a few drops of lemon juice with a little ginger juice and a teaspoon of honey in warm water and drink this after ever meal. This is one of the most common Indian home remedies for gas.
This is one of the most refreshing home remedies for gas problem. Although, it is said that milk should be avoided if you’re suffering from indigestion. Buttermilk is a form of lactic acid that is the easiest to digest. It soothes the stomach and gives relief from acidity.
Just chewing a seed of cardamom or sipping some cardamom tea can help to get relief from gas and indigestion. Cardamom seeds can also be added to some vegetables. This will prevent indigestion from occurring.
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4. Warm Water
Keeping your body hydrated can help to prevent and cure acidity and gas. If possible, start your day by drinking lots of water and continue to do so throughout the day. Water helps to eliminate all the toxins from the body and cleans your entire system.
Home Remedies for Gas and Indigestion during Pregnancy
Bloating and gas are a common occurrence during pregnancy. Due to the increased production of the hormone progesterone in the first trimester, the food moves very slowly through the intestines and this causes gas. In the third trimester, the growing fetus puts a lot of pressure on the gall bladder and this causes bloating and constipation.
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Here are some Indian home remedies for gas and bloating during pregnancy:
About half an hour of light exercise is ideal to get relief from gas and bloating. Take care not to overdo it since it can be strenuous. You can even try yoga to get relief from gas and bloating.
2. Fiber-Rich Diet
Eating a fiber rich diet can help you to drive bloating away. These help to digest the food quickly and regulate bowel movement. Freshly cut fruits and vegetables in the form of salads must be included in the diet every day.
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3. Carom Seeds
Take a teaspoon of carom seeds along with a little bit of salt and let it down your throat with very little water. Carom seeds are very helpful in relieving gas and indigestion. This is a traditional Indian home remedy for gas and constipation.
4. Coconut Water
Coconut water is a laxative and it helps to relieve acidity and gas. It contains various important minerals and proteins that are very beneficial or the baby.
Home remedies for Heartburn / Gas in chest
Often gas forms in the chest and causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Although passing gas is considered normal but many a times, it creates a burning sensation in the chest, more commonly referred to as heartburn. Drinking too many carbonated beverages, eating too many beans, anxiety, gallstones and food intolerance are some of the causes of gas and pain in the chest.
Here are a few home remedies for gas in chest:
1. Keep away from aerated drinks
Aerated/carbonated drinks contain a lot of gas and hence should be avoided, since they add to the gas formation. Instead, drink plenty of water. Increased intake of water helps to move the undigested food and aids in digestion.
2. Avoid milk and other dairy products
If you’re suffering from gas in chest, avoid drinking milk and consuming other dairy products. Dairy products take longer to digest and will only add to the discomfort. If you’re experiencing gas and bloating regularly and dairy products form a major chunk of your diet, then you must try to avoid them for a day and see if feel any difference. Often, lactose intolerance can lead to gas and pain in the chest.
3. Hot Tea
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Consuming hot tea is considered a very potent home remedy for gas pain. You can add some other powerful ingredients to get instant relief from gas and pain. These include ginger, peppermint or any other herbs. Not only do they prevent the buildup of gas; they also lend an amazing flavor to the tea.
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Don’t let gas and indigestion ruin your schedule. Eat a nutritious and well-balanced diet with lots of salads. Just keep our home remedies handy so that you can kick out gas whenever you want!
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