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Got gassiness? These 7 tips will help you get over your flatulence.
With drugstore shelves filled with expensive gas and bloating treatments, it’s easy to forget that a simple cure lies right in your pantry or refrigerator: baking soda. Just a half teaspoon of baking soda in a half cup of water with a squirt of lemon juice (or vinegar) helps alleviate gas pains.
Best Trick for Beans
If you like beans, but don’t like the ill effects that can sometimes accompany them, try this trick. The next time you soak beans, drain off the soaking water and replace it with fresh water before boiling. That way, you’ll eliminate many of the beans’ gas-producing qualities, and just be left with delicious, nutritious beans that you can use in soups, stews, salads, curries, and more!
A cup of mint tea after dinner might be just the thing to settle the tummy and prevent flatulence. Peppermint tea is known to improve digestion, plus it’s incredibly soothing. You can also try another hot beverage of your choice to see what works best for you!
A few spices from your spice rack can do the trick when it comes to relieving gas pain and flatulence. You can try fennel, anise, caraway, or celery seeds—whatever you’ve got on hand. In addition, you can also brew a simple tea from any of these ingredients if you don’t want to chew directly on the seeds.
I Like to Move It, Move It
If you’re prone to flatulence, you might just need to get up and get moving. Exercise can help eliminate gas. (Though you might consider doing your exercise away from other people if you’re having a particularly noxious episode!) Instead plopping down in front of the TV after dinner, go out for a short walk. It will help your digestion and get some more activity into your day.
If your stomach is a little unsettled, you may sip a soda or carbonated water for relief, thinking it will help relieve gas pain. Actually, it may end up causing more flatulence! You may feel better temporarily, but that’s only because carbonated beverages make you feel less full. Those little air bubbles have to go somewhere, and you can probably guess which direction they’re headed!
Eat a cup of yogurt every day. Yogurt contains probiotics that can help you maintain a healthy gut and make excess gas a thing of the past.