Flatulence, or gas, results when there is an excess of five odorless gasses (nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and oxygen) in the stomach or intestines. People can pass gas through belching or the rectum. Gas is caused by certain activities and foods. For instance, swallowing large amounts of air, especially when eating quickly, can lead to gas.
Consuming carbonated drinks that become warmed in the stomach may lead to it. Some foods, which are not completely digested in the small intestine, will make it into the colon, where they ferment with bacteria and cause flatulence. Such foods include beans, bran, broccoli and cauliflower. Most people pass gas several times a day without concern, but for some, flatulence is an embarrassing problem that requires a remedy. Changing foods in your diet is one of the best cures.
The spiciness of fermented foods such as ginger and fermented cabbage will aid digestion and reduce the bloating and gas that results from poorly digested food.
Commercially fermented foods may contain excessive preservatives and ingredients, so naturally fermented foods are better, according to Colon Cleansing Zone, a colon health resource website.
Yogurts with probiotics, or active bacteria culture, aid in digestion. These beneficial microorganisms supplement the bacteria naturally found in your digestive tract. Probiotics can also be found in fermented and unfermented milk, miso, some juices and soy drinks, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Teas and Spices
An herbal tea of peppermint, chamomile or ginger helps aid digestion and reduce flatulence due to its plant sterols, according to HealthMad.com, a health and wellness website.
In Europe, peppermint capsules are taken to aid irritable bowel syndrome. According to Herb Wisdom, cinnamon has been used by many ancient cultures to aid in gastrointestinal problems.
Honey has been used to cure ailments for thousands of years. Upset stomach and gas can be cured by a mixture of honey and cinnamon, according to Leaf Lady, an alternative medicine site.