Excessive flatulence (or excess intestinal gas) means abundant gas production and accumulation by bacteria and fungi in the intestine.
In the case of flatulence, the air stagnates in the intestine, but is expelled with stinky pum.
Finally, aerophagia means swallowing air during swallowing involuntarily.
If excess intestinal gas is not caused by an obstruction in the intestine, it can be caused by a problem with digestion and absorption.
Children suffer from swelling because their intestines are not fully developed and the intestinal microflora is not yet formed.
When undigested food reaches the lower part of the intestine it produces gas. The gas builds up because of slow bowel movement and causes dilation of its pain-causing walls.
Causes of excess intestinal gas:
1. Increase the amount of air swallowed (aerophagia) by:
- Neurosis (the most common reason),
- Emotional stress , fear,
- Increased salivation , for example with chewing gum,
- Irregular, eating habits,
- Eat and swallow liquids quickly.
2. The intake of carbohydrates of difficult absorption (lactose, fructose)
- Power supply with probe,
- Celiac disease ,
- Lactose intolerance ,
- Pancreatic insufficiency (stinky smell due to volatile fatty acids),
- Acceleration of the gastrointestinal tract,
- Giardia lamblia infection ,
- Increased CO2 formation in the duodenum.
3. Reduced gas absorption and hydrogen consumption of the colonic flora:
- Portal hypertension (in cirrhosis ),
- Right heart failure ,
- Intestinal atony (intestinal paralysis),
- Treatment with antibiotics .
4. Disorders of gastrointestinal motility (peristalsis)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (the most common)
- Intestinal paresthesia, paralysis of the stomach
Accumulation of gas occurring before the cycle (a few days before menstruation) of a woman is not swelling by intestinal gas.
Symptoms of excess intestinal gas and excessive flatulence
- Feeling of swollen belly ,
- The clothes look narrower,
- Rumors not intestine (som),
- Tension and / or pain in the belly on the right or left,
- Frequent seizures,
- frequent air passage.
Natural remedies, preferable to medicines
Among all plants the following may be mentioned: (if possible, consult an experienced herbalist to discover potential toxicity and contraindications .
Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla) digestive, anti-inflammatory, protects the liver, stimulates bile, has an anti-spasm and carminative effect (able to restrict stagnation and gas formation in the intestines).
Taking into account its ability to protect and repair the gastric membrane, chamomile is very suitable in all diseases of the organs of the digestive system.
Chamomile tea promotes digestion and helps to expel gas from the digestive system.
Prepare the infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers into a cup of water. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) helps with digestion and prevents spasms of the stomach, is very useful in cases of gastritis , hiatal hernia , flatulence, etc.
Prepare an infusion of a handful of fresh leaves, about 15 g per liter of water. Take 3 cups a day after meals.
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) indicated to improve digestion, bloating or flatulence to alleviate stomach pain and gas cramps.
Take tarragon as infusion, 5 g of dried leaves in 250 ml of water.
Oregano or wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare) to expel intestinal gas. Thymol and carvacrol are substances that are contained in oregano that eliminate flatulence. Prepare an infusion with a spoonful of flowers in a glass of water. Take three cups a day, after meals.
Lavender (Santolina): its properties are similar to chamomile.
Green anise (Pimpinella anisum) is one of the best stimulators of gases, it is able to force the expulsion of excess gas accumulated in the intestine to avoid bloating.
Prepare an infusion of a half seed, teaspoon dried to a cup of water for 10 minutes. Drink a few cups a day.
Guarana (Paullina cupana)
Guarana is used to treat swelling.
Excess gas, usually caused by poor digestion, can be relieved by ingestion of this plant. Put in a sauce of 1.5 gr. of powder per cup of water for 4 hours. Take two cups a day.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata). Prepare an infusion of one to three drops of clove oil per cup of warm water, available in handling pharmacies.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum). In addition to being a good digestive, it is a useful carminative (removes the intestinal air) prevents flatulence and aerophagia. (To expel the flatulence can be prepared half a teaspoon with 50% of fennel and coriander for each cup of water, drink a cup of coffee after meals).
Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a carminative spice that can be taken quietly 5 g per day.
Wild celery (Angelica archangelica): Take a cup of angelica tea after meals.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), helps digestion, helps to expel flatulence and opens the appetite.
Prepare an infusion of 5 gr. per cup of water.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been traditionally used to treat intestinal disorders, mainly digestive problems.
It seems that stimulating the pancreas increases the production of enzymes that promote digestion and can avoid many side effects associated with malabsorption of food.
Its antibacterial abilities and the tolerance for necessary microorganisms of the intestinal flora (lactobacilli) allow to increase the richness of the intestinal flora.
By doing so, harmful microorganisms such as Escherichia coli can be eliminated which are responsible for most cases of diarrhea and gastroenteritis .
By removing these bacteria and other microorganisms, one can prevent intestinal putrefaction responsible for abdominal swelling and fratulence.
We also recall the ability of gingiols contained in this plant to increase intestinal peristalsis that favors the elimination of excreta.
Prepare an infusion of half a teaspoon of dried root per cup of water.
Laurel (Laurus nobilis) improves secretion and promotes peristalsis, helps promote digestion and helps the stomach and liver, prevents acidity, reduces flatulence and intestinal cramps .
Prepare an infusion with a few leaves in a glass of water for 10 minutes.
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
Irritation of the stomach can cause intestinal spasms, stomach cramps , etc.
The use of prepared lavender can improve the health of the stomach.
It has also been shown to be a choleretic (stimulates the production of liver bile) and property as a cholagogue (stimulates the production of bile from the gallbladder), so it is adequate in case of difficulty in digestion due to lack of secretions.
Likewise, the antiseptic properties of this plant are adatas to inhibit the growth of intestinal bacteria responsible for the decomposition of wastes that produce intestinal gas, resulting in swelling.
Prepare an infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers in a cup of warm water for 10 minutes.
Take 3 cups a day between meals.
In case of abdominal discomfort, take a cup of lavender immediately after the main meals.
Lemon (Citrus limonum). It can help fight flatulence caused by poor digestion (drinking diluted lemon juice in a glass of water after meals)
Apple (Malus domestica). The pectin contained in the apples is an otímo regulator intestinal. Promotes expulsion of feces and prevents the decomposition of waste responsible for intestinal flatulence.
Apple cider vinegar helps to prevent the formation of intestinal gas (mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two teaspoons of honey in a glass of water.
Take the apple cider vinegar after meals.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Its sedative and antispasmodic function is not limited only to the muscular level of the limbs.
Internally, the sedative properties of lemon balm can be helpful in calming the digestive spasms, acting on the muscles and reducing abdominal pain and flatulence. (Infuse one tablespoon of water for 15 minutes, 3 or 4 glasses a day between meals)
Mango. The sleeve is suitable for stomach problems caused by the nerves of the stomach like vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, constipation , colic, etc.,
Drinking mango juice helps calm the stomach and prevents these reactions.
Mille leaves (Achillea millefolium) has very useful antispasmodic properties in case of intestinal colic, whereas its principles give digestive properties and are suitable in case of indigestion .
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
The anti-inflammatory capacity of tannins, flavonoids and acid is extremely effective in treating gastrointestinal problems.
Salsa (Petroselinum crispum).
It helps digestion, expels flatulence and increases appetite.
It is suitable for intestinal spasms.
Prepare an infusion of one teaspoon of seeds per cup of water.
Poejo (Mentha pulegium)
Its content of carvacrol, thymol and menthol helps to expel excess gases in the intestine.
The terpenes it contains give antispasmodic properties, whereas rosmarinic acid and salicylic acid along with carvacrol, limonene and cineol have antispasmodic properties.
This makes it very useful in the treatment of abdominal pain caused by indigestion when suffering from cramps, bloating or flatulence.
The poejo has the ability to stimulate the liver to increase the secretion of bile, which is used to promote digestion when the liver is not functioning properly.
However, this plant contains Pulegone and isopulegone, two highly toxic principles for the liver, so it should be taken with caution and should not exceed the recommended dose.
For normal use it is better to opt for other types of effective herbs like Poejo, but without its toxicity.
For example, it would be best to use mint as herbal tea to be taken often.
Prepare an infusion of 2 tablespoons of dried leaves or 4 tablespoons of fresh leaves in a quart of water.
Take two cups a day. Do not exceed that amount.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) helps to treat liver diseases. Take as a herbal tea after meals facilitates digestion and prevents the onset of symptoms of poor digestion, bloating, flatulence, heartburn , etc.
Acts against indigestion, diarrhea and vomiting . It is a good remedy to take three cups throughout the day with an infusion of 15 g of dried leaves per liter of water.
This infusion helps to eliminate acidity, swelling and is indicated in case of gastritis or hiatal hernia.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) aids in digestion, avoids gastric and intestinal spasms and prevents the formation of gas and fluid retention in the intestine. Prepare an infusion with one teaspoon of flowers and leaves per cup of warm water. Take 3 cups a day after meals.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is an excellent relaxant for the treatment of intestinal spasms.
Help the patient with abdominal distension to withstand the hassle and sleep better.
For internal use, Valerian has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties that apply to the treatment of diseases such as diverticulitis , gluten intolerance or Crohn’s disease , which helps relax intestinal muscles and decrease spasticity.
Prepare an infusion of one tablespoon of dried herb per cup of water.
What to eat?
Food that does not favor the accumulation of intestinal gases
- Meat, fish, poultry,
- Vegetables (almost all, below are those to avoid),
- Cereals (except bread),
- Eggs and chocolate.
Foods that favor moderately the accumulation of intestinal gases
- Melon, apples, pears, citrus fruits, pineapple,
- Bread, potatoes,
- Grain products (not all),
- Bakery products,
- Nuts, peanuts,
Foods that greatly favor the accumulation of intestinal gas, to avoid in your diet.
- Milk and dairy products,
- Some vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower, onion, Swiss chard,
- All fruits (except those written above),
- Legumes (chickpeas, lentils and beans),
- Foods high in fat,
- Water and soft drinks,
- Champagne and sparkling wines,
- Chantilly, cream, mayonnaise, smoothie.