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How to eliminate flatuency

There are several ways to eliminate accumulated intestinal gases, but one of the simplest and most practical is to take fennel tea with lemon balm and walking for a few minutes, because this way it is possible to stimulate the functioning of the intestine, eliminating the gases naturally.

In some cases the use of tea is not enough to eliminate the gases and may be necessary to use abdominal massages to avoid the excessive accumulation of gases that can cause very acute pain, which can even be confused with a heart attack. See what are the symptoms of flatulence so you can be sure you are not having a heart attack.

Strategies to relieve accumulated gas quickly

Some great strategies to eliminate accumulated gases can be:

1. Apply pressure to the abdomen to release gases

To get rid of intestinal gas quickly a good way is to apply pressure to your abdomen. To do this, you should lie down with your belly up and bend your knees over your belly and press inward, as shown in the image below. This is also a great option to eliminate gases in infants and children because it doesn't present any health risk.

2. Do a massage to release accumulated gas

Another very efficient alternative is to do an abdominal massage, with gentle circular movements, from the top downward direction, as if you were pushing the gases out of the body, following the direction of the arrows shown in the second image.

Exercise to eliminate gas
Exercise to eliminate gas
How to massage your abdomen to release gas
How to massage your abdomen to release gas

3. Drink teas that help flatulence

Taking lemon balm tea with fennel throughout the day is also a good choice because it has antispasmodic properties that, in addition to eliminating the accumulated gas, helps to reduce the stitch pain in the abdominal region. In addition, the water present in the tea helps to hydrate the stools, which help to loosen the intestine. Shrimp or ginger tea are also a good options.  See how to prepare each recipe and more examples of natural remedies for excessive gas

4. Take laxative juice to loosen your bowel

Drinking a glass of papaya juice with plain yogurt, plum and oatmeal in the morning is a good strategy to start the day well and be able to fight the feeling of constipation. Just prepare the juice by beating the ingredients in the blender and drink it straight after without sweetening. Orange juice is also a good option to drink throughout the day and you may choose only to eat fruits along the day that can help loosen the bowel, but this should not be done for more than 1 day because this is a very diet restrictive See more examples of laxative fruits that can turned into a juice.

5. Taking medication

Another way to eliminate accumulated gases is to use the pharmacy medication, which can be bought without a prescription, but with the indication of a pharmacist. This remedies can cause the gases to undergo a modification process reaching the bloodstream and be eliminated through breathing. Some examples are Simethicone (Luftal), Charcoal or Almeida Prado 48. See more examples in: remedies and medication for intestinal gases.

If you follow these recommendations and still feel constipated you can do a clister at home to eliminate the stools and gases together. To do this, one should buy a drug in the form of a suppository that must be introduced in the anus and after a few minutes causes the elimination of a large quantity of stools, these will help to clean the intestine and completely eliminate the gases, bringing relief quickly and efficiently.

Learn more details of how to make an enema at home.

How to eliminate gases in pregnancy

The accumulation of gas associated with constipation is a common situation at the end of pregnancy. In this case, what the pregnant woman can do, in addition to the techniques indicated above, is to take a laxative, under medical guidance, or make a micro-enema at home. In addition, practicing light exercise and choosing to consume laxative fruits is also a great option to eliminate the gases and end the pains they cause. 

It is important to eat smaller meals and prefer to drink only a small amount of water along with your main meals, like lunch and dinner. Another great strategy may be to consume less sugars and carbohydrates at the same time you eat one source of protein, such as meat.

Keeping your body active, practicing daily exercises, or at least 3 times a week, and maintaining activities that promote muscle contraction, such as gardening can be a good solution to avoid staying still, sitting or lying down for too long, because this behavior may interrupt the digestive process, favoring the accumulation of gases. See more details about the causes of intestinal gases during pregnancy and how to eliminate them.

What can cause excess gas

Gases are constantly produced and naturally eliminated, but when there is consumption of foods that cause gas and constipation at the same time, they can accumulate in the intestine, leaving the belly hard, swollen, causing discomfort and abdominal distension. When this happens, you should avoid eating foods that cause gas and invest in those that are high in fiber, and drink plenty of water to make it easier for feces and gas to be eliminated.

Intestinal gases are produced in greater quantity in the following situations:

  • Bad eating habits

Having bad eating habits can lead to accumulated gas because sometimes the foods are not completely digested and end up fermenting for longer in the digestive tract, which is directly influenced by the bacteria that naturally populates a person's intestinal tract. So, eating more carbohydrates than usual, such as when you eat a limitless meal of pizza or pasta, can cause increased intestinal gas and provoke a stitched pain in the abdomen, which may leave the belly distended.

  • Constipation

If you suffer from constipation, hardened stools may worsen the condition because they block the release of gas. So, it is important you defecate as soon as possible so that gas bubbles can also be eliminated. Remedies, teas and foods high in fiber and water can be used, but in some cases a clister or intestinal lavage may be a good solution.

  • Excess fiber and little water

Eating more foods rich in fiber is good, but for the fibers to facilitate the elimination of feces, it is necessary to drink plenty of water so that the stools becomes softer and can slide easily through the intestine. Eating lots of fiber, but not drinking enough fluids, causes food to stay longer in the intestine, taking longer to ferment, forming more gas and abdominal discomfort. Some examples of high fiber foods are papaya, oats, whole grains, fruits with peel, vegetables and greens.

  • Diseases

Situations such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity and other intestinal changes can also cause bloating and excessive gas. These changes can be diagnosed at any stage of life, so a medical appointment with a gastroenterologist can be helpful when excess gas is frequent and bothers your daily activities. He may request tests to evaluate your habits and the health of your digestive tract, but you may find an appointment with a dietitian to be helpful, because they can give you tips on how to adjust your diet at each stage of life.

How to know if I have excess gases

The body is constantly producing gases, which are naturally eliminated by sitting in the toilet to urinate or defecate, and by walking or contracting your abdomen. Most of the time the gases do not have a strong smell and it is normal to release gases, about 20 times a day. What can characterize excessive gases is the frequency in which they are eliminated and if the smell is more intense, it can indicate that your intestinal health is not doing so well and you need medical evaluation.

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