Natural Home Remedies for Flatulence

Flatulence is defined as excessive gas in the alimentary canal that is expelled through the anus.

Image of a person in an old-fashioned gas mask

You might be surprised to learn that most people produce up to 3 pints of gas each day and “excessive” gas passing means more than 20 times!

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Excessive gas
  • Feeling of being bloated
  • Unpleasant odor

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

A doctor would attempt to find the cause of the problem before medical treatment. A common cause of flatulence is the ingestion of too many carbohydrates. Some possible underlying conditions are:

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

Since gas is accumulated in the digestive tract, diet should be the first line of defense. To promote a healthy digestive system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Bone broth
  • Potatoes, rice and corn may give temporary relief but they are not healthy food choices for a long-term diet.
  • Foods low in polysaccharides
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Yogurt, cultured

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Blackberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Cauliflower
  • Dairy if you are lactose-intolerant
  • Foods high in polysaccharides
  • Gum
  • Mangos
  • Nuts—experiment to see if these create problems for you. If they do, try soaking them for several hours before eating.
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Processed foods, especially carbohydrates
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Smoking (because you may be swallowing air)
  • Snow peas
  • Watermelon
  • Wheat

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Peppermint
  • Lemon balm
  • Fennel seed
  • Dandelion root
  • Ginger
  • Apple Cider Vinegar in water

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Anise
  • Caraway
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Yellow mustard

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut on the skin (on the abdomen for this condition) or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.

  • Bergamot
  • Black pepper
  • Caraway
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Coriander
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Activated charcoal absorbs gas.
  • Natural digestive enzymes
  • Probiotics

HYDRATION

Water aids in the digestive process and helps to flush toxins from the body. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Increasing exercise during the day will help keep your digestive tract healthy. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow. If you try deep breathing, make sure you are doing it correctly because swallowing more air will not be helpful.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Beware of swallowing air when eating or talking or drinking.
  • Don’t chew gum.
  • Don’t drink from a water fountain.
  • Don’t use a straw.
  • Drink room temperature beverages.
  • Eat slowly, chew well.
  • Sit up straight after eating or take a walk.
  • Test or treat for Amebiasis and/or H. Pylori infection.
  • Test or treat for parasites (i.e. giardia).

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep

 

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