Gas production in the digestive tract is not life threatening but can be painful and embarrassing. The build-up of gases may be caused by stress, a bacterial infection, eating spicy food, drinking too much alcohol, and failing to chew food properly. Symptoms include abdominal bloating, pain, loss of appetite, flatulence, belching, and bad breath. While it is impossible to eliminate this problem completely, individuals can find relief by trying a variety of stomach gas remedies until they find one that works for them.
In many cases, over-the-counter medicines, dietary modifications, and lifestyle changes are effective treatments for this problem. Every individual is different and not all will respond to the same treatments. Most will find relief with trial and error.
Many people can reduce symptoms by decreasing intake of fried and fatty foods. Fats have the effect of making individuals feel full because they increase the amount of time it takes the stomach to empty. This leads to an increase in gas production and bloating. Foods high in fiber and dairy products can also cause problems. Sometimes consuming milk products in smaller amounts or with other foods makes them easier to digest. Some people will have to eliminate all dairy products to eliminate symptoms.
Some over-the-counter medications contain ingredients that can decrease symptoms. Products that contain enzyme lactase aid the body in digesting lactose found in milk and other dairy items. Other medications contain simethicone, a substance that is believed to attack the bubbles in gas. Another option is to take activated charcoal tablets, available in drugstores and natural food stores, before and after eating a meal.
Many home remedies are effective for controlling this digestive problem. Chewing on a piece of fresh ginger, adding it to food, or drinking tea helps reduce the formation of gas in the stomach. Some people find that combining a carrier oil with several drops of ginger essential oil and rubbing it on the stomach to be helpful.
A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice is an effective antacid. For the best results add baking soda to the juice from one lemon until it fizzes. Add in more baking soda and a cup of water and stir until the baking soda dissolves. Drink the mixture slowly to relieve symptoms.
Drinking peppermint tea after meals can provide instant relief from symptoms for many individuals. Steep fresh leaves in boiling water for several minutes. Strain the tea and add honey before drinking it. Chewing on fresh leaves can also be helpful. Those who prefer a cool beverage can add a couple drops of peppermint oil to a half-cup of water.
Individuals who do not suffer from lactose intolerance can get instant relief by drinking a mixture of one cup warm milk and a half teaspoon of powdered cinnamon. Those who cannot tolerate dairy products can try steeping cinnamon powder in a cup of boiling water. Cinnamon will instantly soothe the stomach and prevent gas from forming. These are just a few stomach gas remedies that many individuals find effective. Sufferers should try different ones until they find one that provides relief.