The production of intestinal gas is a natural process in our body, taking place in the large intestine during digestion. This happens because bacteria in our colon ferment carbohydrates, such as fibers, starches and sugars, which are not normally digested by the small intestine.
Causes of intestinal gas
Other reasons for the appearance of intestinal gas include food intolerances such as lactose or gluten, also due to excessive and/or very rapid eating, as well as constipation, as gas can become trapped in the intestine.
Although bacteria assume the consumption of some of the gas generated, the truth is that the vast majority is expelled by flatulence or belching. Moreover, it's important to note that humans also produce gas by “swallowing air” when ingesting solid and liquid foods, and not just from the fermentation process that takes place in the intestinal tract.
Symptoms of intestinal gas
Although it's a fundamental biological process, excessive gas production can sometimes become embarrassing, painful and distressing for the frequent sufferer.
If symptoms occur regularly, with intensity and in addition to other digestive problems, a professional should be consulted to rule out other health problems.
Home remedies to eliminate intestinal gas
Although intestinal gas is a natural process, there are simple and effective home remedies to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms that can accompany it. Here are a few of them:
- Infusions: there are many herbs known for their incredible digestive virtues, such as ginger, mint, aniseed or chamomile. We recommend drinking a cup of hot water with some of these herbs, or mixed to taste, after each meal. This will help reduce swelling.
- Baking soda: this is one of the classic remedies for relieving abdominal pain. Prepare a glass of water and mix it with a dessert spoonful of baking soda. This will help neutralize excess stomach acid.
- Abdominal massages: this is a simple and effective technique to help release accumulated gas. Try using a body oil of your choice, such as coconut or almond oil, and make circular movements over your abdomen in a clockwise direction.
- Fennel and cumin: these spices have important benefits for our digestive system. After each meal, you can chew a small amount or, if you prefer, prepare an infusion.
- Garlic and ginger: including these two elements in your meal preparation can help improve your digestion process, as well as preventing the build-up of gas in your intestine. Your well-being and sense of taste will thank you.
- Physical activity: regular exercise will also help you improve digestion, as it stimulates intestinal transit and helps reduce bloating. Try not to sit still after you've eaten; take the opportunity to go for a short walk or do an activity in which you have to stand and/or move.
Intestinal gas is a natural process in our bodies, but excessive production can sometimes cause discomfort. There are, however, simple and effective home remedies to relieve these symptoms. Don't hesitate to try them out, and consult a professional in the event of persistent or severe symptoms.