Fans of green tea can reach for their favorite hot drink and improve its power to reduce abdominal gases by adding half teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey. If you tend to suffer from gas pains, drink this preparation twice a day and you will feel a significant relief.
Go back to the roots
Ginger is like gold in the world of vegetables. It is used not only in the kitchen but also in cosmetology and medicine. You can use it to solve the problem of gas pain, too. No matter in what form you will consume it, the positive results are guaranteed. You can cut the ginger root in small pieces and simply eat it or you can pour hot water over thinly sliced quarter of a ginger root and leave it for 10 minutes to strain. Adding a piece of ginger to your fresh fruit and vegetable juice will not only improve its properties, but also the taste.
Pharmacy in the kitchen
Various spices have been proven to aid the digestion, the most popular among them being turmeric, cumin, cardamom and coriander. Try to incorporate them in the dishes you like or look for some inspiration on the internet. Remember that the more regularly you add these spices to your food, the less frequently you will have to deal with gas pain in chest and abdomen.
For dessert you can serve some sweet and juicy papaya, widely known not only for its wonderful flavour and soft texture but also for its properties which help prevent the build-up of gas in the intestines. You can make a fruit salad with papaya, pineapple and strawberries or simply serve it on its own.
A greatly underestimated ingredient that all of us have in the kitchen is apple cider vinegar. Research shows that drinking 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day gives a boost to the immunity system and helps maintain general good health. It is probably the most effective home medicine you can drink when you need an instant relief from gas pain in chest. Simply mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water. Drink it, lie down and relax. After 5-10 minutes you will definitely fell a relief of symptoms. If you are not a big fan of vinegar and it tastes too strong for you, think of it as a medicine and you won’t mind the flavor any more.
If drinking vinegar is not your thing at all, try mixing a few teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of warm water. Baking soda has many different properties and it is used for various purposes, some of which have nothing to do with baking. One of them is reducing the flatulence. Try it if you look for a quick relief from gas pain.
If you constantly feel bloated and your table regularly features dairy products, like eggs, cheese and milk, you might have to revise your menu. A lot of people suffer from an intolerance of dairy products. Unless they make effort to eliminate them from the diet or at least reduce their intake, their problem of excess gases not only will not decrease but even grow in time. Dairy elimination doesn’t have to be sudden and radical. If, for example you drink a lot of milk, try replacing it with soy or almond milk. Both of them are available in every supermarket and are relatively inexpensive. Both soy and almond milk are more gentle to your stomach and will add a lightly sweet flavor to your coffee.
Move It, Move It
Once you’ve tried to alleviate gas pain by drinking your herbal tea and eating your curry with cardamom, it’s time to apply a bit of movement. If the pain is too strong to for you to do any kind of exercise, then just try to lie down in bed on your left side and rest in this position until you feel that the discomfort has been reduced.
If you are able to do some basic movements, lie down in bed or on the floor and press your both legs against the stomach. Repeat the exercise slowly several times until you feel relief from the gas pain. Every time you press your legs against the chest, breathe the air in, then raise the legs slightly and breathe out, allowing the gases pass naturally out of your body.
Other light and basic exercises you can do in bed are cycling the legs in the air and scissoring the legs back and forth. Both of these exercises help ease the gas pain in the abdomen and in the chest. They also improve the circulation and stimulate the digestion processes.
Some very simple exercises like walking 15-30 minutes three times a week can significantly improve your overall health and help solve the problem of excessive gases and pains related to it. Even the slightest exercise stimulates the production of endorphins – called the hormone of happiness – which does wonders for both our emotional and physical health.
When should i see the doctor?
If you’ve tried all the home remedies described above, including exercise, but the pain persists, you should definitely consult your doctor. Temporary pains that occur in various locations around chest and abdomen normally aren’t symptoms of any serious health condition. However, a recurring or lasting pain in the same area should be checked by the doctor so that he can exclude the risk of a hernia, appendicitis, gallstones or reflux. He might also have to perform some food allergy tests to determine which products are not tolerated by your digestive system. This way you will get to know the culprits of the excess gases in your abdomen and after you exclude the unwanted ingredients from your diet, you will be able to forget about gas pains once for all.