An average adult passes gas between fifteen and twenty times a day. It is quite normal to release gas, but sometimes it can make us giggle when someone does it with a loud noise.
These gases are typically the air we swallow in while eating and drinking, and gases that are produced by bacterias that feed on undigested foods in your intestines.
You are more likely to experience excessing flatulence if you are constipated as you are not expelling gas during regular bowel movements.
If you feel you are expelling abnormal levels of gas, try to consult it with your Doctor and get it treated accordingly. Additionally, you can try these simple home remedies and see if it is helping you to keep your back quiet.
1. Avoid Gas-Producing Foods
There are certain foods that are well known for producing excess gas in intestines. This includes beans, cabbage, bran, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, prunes, raisins, and brussels sprouts. Try to minimize the consumption of these foods.
2. Avoid these sweeteners
Try to avoid candies and other sweets that contain following sweetness, sorbitol, xylitol, and mannitol. Your colon will have tough time digesting them, and the bacterias in your colon feed on them and produce gas.
3. Cut down Fructose
Fructose is a common sweetener found in honey, fruits, and fruit juices. Like other sweeteners fructose is difficult to digest and induce excess gas production in colon.
4. Regulate Fiber Intake
Fiber consumption is great for your digestive health and it is good for your intestines. But, overeating fibre can lead to excessive gas production and flatulence.
5. Take lactase supplement
Lactase is an enzyme produced by your body to break down the lactose present in milk. As you grow older production of this enzyme is reduced which makes it harder for you digest milk and milk products leading to excessive gas production in intestines. Try an over the counter supplement called Lactaid before consuming milk products.
6. Drink Ginger Tea
Ginger stimulates the digestion process so that the food you eat won’t linger inside your intestines for long, contributing to gas. Drink a small cup of freshly prepared ginger tea after every meal.
7. Peppermint Tea
Similar to ginger, peppermint also improves your digestion. Add dried peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the leaves and drink the tea three to four times a day.
8. Chew Fennel Seeds
Fennels seeds has been traditionally used in India to improve digestion and reduce gas. Chew one or two teaspoons of fennel seeds after every meal. Additionally, you can also drink fennel tea.
9. Drink Papaya Juice
Papaya fruit contains an enzyme called papain which helps to break down the food you eat and improves digestion. Juice half a papaya fruit, dilute it with equal amount of water and drink it after your meals.
10. Drink Lavender Tea
Lavender is believed to be effective against gas. Additionally, it helps to soothe after meal cramps in stomach and intestines. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of lavender flowers to a cup of boiling water, and let it steep for 10 mins, strain it and drink the tea two to three times a day.