Ginger is an age-old secret spice that has been used for reducing bloating. You can use it in food to prevent bloating. The other option is to take different homemade recipes to help fight bloating.
The best way to make use of the ginger is to have a fresh root at hand. It is more potent than the powdered one. The first recipe involves peeling and grating an inch of the ginger root.
You can also mash this with a mortar and pestle to turn it into a fine paste. Take this spoonful when suffering from bloating. Note that ginger has a sharp and bitter taste before you attempt this.
To make ginger water, peel an inch of ginger and place it in a pan of boiling water. Let the water boil for about three minutes to get the juice out of the ginger.
Let it sit for a while before sieving it into a cup. If the taste is too much for you, you can sweeten it with honey.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that help when it comes to bloating and other digestive issues. It can be used as a spice in food every other day. It can also be used in drinks to help with detoxification and to alleviate bloating.
It also does not have a pleasant taste. To get rid of bloating, you could make turmeric water for detoxification. Place a cup of water into a pan and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and pour the water into a mug.
Stir in one teaspoon of turmeric then cover it with a plate so it can steep. You should drink this mixture warm. It can be taken during or after meals. You can also use milk instead of water.
However, you can also use a teaspoon or more, of turmeric in your dishes such as rice and stews. This will help to prevent bloating even before it occurs.
Peppermint has menthol as its main ingredient. It has a calming effect, which helps to eliminate spasms in the digestive tract. It also helps to relax the muscles of your intestines so you can be able to pass the trapped gas.
You can use peppermint as an ingredient in de-bloating teas. To make peppermint tea, bring one cup of water to a boil. Once this is done, pour the boiled water into a cup and pour in one teaspoon of shredded peppermint leaves.
Cover it with a saucer or plate and let it steep for a few minutes. Uncover and sip your tea regularly to get rid of bloating. Peppermint tea can be taken by adults comfortably.
However, it is important to regulate the intake in children. The menthol can have a bitter or burning sensation and this is not good for children. If the taste is too much to bear, you can sweeten the tea with honey.
4. Lemon Water
Sipping lemon water throughout the day can either help to avoid bloating or reduce it if you already have gas trapped in your intestines. Making lemon water is pretty easy and anyone can do it comfortably.
You only need water, a cup and a fresh lemon or lemon juice. Wash the lemon clean and roll it between your hand and a hard surface. This ensures that all the juice in the lemon is prepared for extraction.
Cut the lemon in half and squeeze out the juice, about one and a half tablespoons into a cup. Fill the cup with warm or hot water. The other option is to cut up lemons and place them in a pitcher of water overnight to let them steep.
You can also add ginger and turmeric to your lemon water to make it more effective. On its own, lemon water is just as effective in expelling gas trapped in your intestines. Sweetening with honey is allowed as honey also helps with digestive tract issues.
5. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is used to treat different digestive system issues including bloating. The charcoal is designed to absorb impurities. If is therefore best used for detoxification. In addition to this, it sucks the gas trapped in your intestines.
You can get activated charcoal over the counter but it is best prescribed by a licensed doctor. While good for the stomach, prolonged use of activated charcoal can cause some serious issues. You do not want to overuse the pills.
After all, too much of anything is poison. You want to take the pills as prescribed and directed by your doctor. This is especially important for pregnant women. You have two options.
You could take your activated charcoal pills with water just like you would take any other tablets. The other option is to include them as you blend your smoothies.
These pills can cause gagging since they do not have a nice taste and can take some time to get used to.
Garlic has been used as a home remedy for various internal diseases and conditions. The only bad thing about garlic is that it leaves you with stinking breath and then lingers.
You can easily get frustrated since using garlic can solve on problem and give you another at the same time. To use garlic, take two large cloves, peel and chop them into tiny pieces.
Place them in a pot of boiling water for just a minute and pour into a glass. Let the mixture cool a little and then sip this drink throughout the day. If you want to avoid the bad breath, brush your teeth afterwards.
You can also take cloves of garlic. The number will depend on the amount of food being prepared. Grate this garlic into small pieces or mash it using mortar and pestle.
Include a teaspoonful or more of this paste as you prepare your meals. It will help to prevent bloating.
7. Bay Leaves
Bay leaves have a number of beneficial properties for your health. They have been used to treat various ailments for a long time. They have digestive, antiseptic and antioxidant properties which come in handy to help reduce bloating.
Apart from this, they are known to have properties that help occurrence of cancer. To make the bay leaves drink, you need water, a cup and bay leaves. Add one leaf into water and then bring it to a boil.
After boiling the water for about a minute, leave it in the pan so that the leaves can steep. Once it is cool, you can move to the next step. Strain the water into a cup while it is still warm.
Proceed to drink the water in one go. Stand or sit in a straight position to give the gas an opportunity to leave your system. It is not advisable to lie down for about an hour after you have taken this tea.
Massaging helps to relax muscles all over the body. This can be proven by the fact that people go for massages when they feel their bodies are tense or when they are tired.
It is therefore not a surprise that massage helps with bloating as well. To achieve the best results, the massage has to be done in a proper manner. First you need to lie down on your back and relax. Then, using your fingers, gently massage your lower abdomen in a clockwise motion for about ten minutes.
The time might be longer depending on your level of discomfort. The right massage techniques will loosen your muscles and therefore allow the intestines to expel most of the trapped gas.
You can complement massaging with the other natural remedies such as tea. However, massaging the abdomen is the fastest way to help ease the pain and discomfort from the gas buildup.
Cinnamon has so many great qualities. It is an anti-inflammatory and also possesses antibacterial properties. The spice can be used in its raw form as sticks or as powder.
It can also be used as a spice in food as well as in drinks to help de-bloat. The most common remedy is the cinnamon tea or water. Boil your water and throw in a cinnamon stick, waiting for about five minutes so it can steep.
For the tea, it is best to use freshly ground powder. Place a teaspoonful of cinnamon powder into a pan and add water. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it sit for about a minute as it cools down.
You can then drink it in this form or add some teabags, preferably chamomile or peppermint tea to make the drink more effective. If you do not like the taste of cinnamon you can also add honey.
Sip this tea slowly when it is warm until your cup is empty.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar seems to be the cure to many ailments. It is used for hair and skin. Additionally, it has been incorporated in weight loss diets as it helps to boost your metabolism.
It will also provide a healthy environment for bacteria in the gut to function optimally. Apple cider vinegar is also used for bloating. All you have to do is take a warm or cold glass of water.
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and down it at a go. It will help to reduce bloating almost immediately. The most effective ACV is that which is unfiltered, also known as ‘with the mother.’
It is important to regulate the intake of apple cider vinegar to at most two tablespoons a day. It should be introduced in small doses.
This will help to avoid any negative effects that may come from introducing something foreign to your diet all of a sudden.