Intestinal gas is an embarrassing and annoying situation that many people experience on a regular basis. Gas and bloating is, perhaps, one of the main health concerns that human beings living in the Western world complain of.
In fact, estimates show that with poor dietary habits we expel gas at least 14 times a day. That adds up to almost 4 pints of air daily! But, while these statistics may be the “norm,” it is certainly not a healthy balance.
What can we do about all this excess air? Below is a list of a few of my favorite remedies for gas and bloating.
1. Organic Ginger
Drinking ginger tea and eating fresh ginger root are two of the best remedies for gas. Add small amounts of ginger (both dried and fresh) to your food, as desired. You can also take a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger before meals for gas relief.
2. Organic Caraway Seeds
Try adding more of this spice to your meals, particularly if they are the foods that are known to cause gas. Caraway seeds help ease gas, indigestion and cramping, all while stimulating proper digestion.
3. Organic Garlic
The pungent heating qualities of garlic stimulates the gastric fire. This hot bulb is a great home remedy for gas, because you probably have a small jar of this spice in your kitchen right now. However, for best results, using fresh garlic is recommended.
4. Organic Dandelion Tea
A common weed, dandelion has numerous health benefits, one of which is relieving gas. Drink as a tea or add it dried as a spice to your meals. Here are a few tips for growing dandelion in your own backyard.
5. Organic Parsley
Adding more fresh parsley to your diet is another great remedy for gas. Either freshly minced or as a dried spice, add parsley to foods that may contribute to intestinal gas to help prevent it from becoming a problem.
6. Activated Charcoal
Charcoal has an intense absorption capacity that sucks up excess air in the digestive tract. You can try taking a charcoal supplement before eating, this can help relieve gas and bloating before it starts.
7. & 8. Perform a Colon Cleanse and then Switch to a Maintenance Cleanser
Performing a colon cleanse is a great first step at improving your overall colon health, as well as provide gas relief. I would recommend doing a 7-day colon cleanse, and then continue taking an oxygen colon cleanser 2-3x weekly, to help aid the body in ridding itself of toxins and gas.
9. Take a Probiotic Supplement
Taking a probiotic supplement or eating foods with probiotics in them, is a great way to get rid of the most common symptoms of gas. In fact, probiotics have many health benefits. Consuming more beneficial bacteria will not only help aid in the elimination of gas, but also keep your colon in optimal working order.
10. Incorporate Proper Eating Habits Into Your Life
Avoid foods that are known to cause gas and indigestion. This includes fried foods, processed foods and other processed forms of sugar. You may also want to explore your sensitivities to the common foods that cause gas, including wheat products, milk and high-fat foods.
Other foods that can lead to gas include most beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, apples, corn, oats, potatoes, most dairy products, pears, prunes, peaches and ice cream.
Do you have any other natural remedies for gas that you would recommend? If so, please leave them in the comment section below.
Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
A dynamic author and speaker, Dr. Group focuses solely on spreading the message of health and wellness to the global community with the philosophy of full body cleansing, most importantly colon cleansing, consuming pure clean organic food, water, air, exercise and nutritional supplementation. Visit GlobalHealingCenter.com to learn more about living green and healthy!