No one is immune to a gassy stomach. We are all prone to it and as embarrassing as it can be, it is a painfully uncomfortable experience that can often lead to other problems like bloating, stomach cramps, heaviness, and heartburn. When excess gas gets collected within the gastrointestinal tract, the condition is called flatulence. While there are many ways to tackle and manage the symptoms, some people look for Ayurvedic remedies for the same. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic approaches to bring about a balance between the mind, body and spirit. In this article, we provide you with a list of 5 Ayurvedic remedies for gas and acidity. But before we get into that, let’s see what causes gas and acidity.
What causes gas and acidity?
We all release gas either through the mouth, in the form of belching or through the rectum.
To first understand the problem, it’s important to understand why it happens in the first place. There are many ways in which you get gas in your digestive system. Firstly, we all tend to swallow air while eating or drinking, which causes gases like nitrogen and oxygen to enter the body. Secondly, during the process of digestion, gases like methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen are produced, which gets accumulated in the stomach, causing discomfort if created in excess and not released.
It also depends on the food you eat daily. If you consume high carb foods like broccoli, cabbage, rajma, chole, and lentils, without enough water consumption, they won’t get digested easily by the stomach. Your colon that contains a lot of bacteria, will break the food down as it passes through. During this process a lot of gas will be released, which if accumulated can cause bloating, nausea, acidity, acid reflux, or other uneasy symptoms.
Most of the factors that cause gas, trigger acid reflux as well. Ayurveda states that an imbalanced agni (one of the important elements) causes a weakened digestive system. So the best way to treat gas and acidity is by balancing out this metabolic fire by following the below-mentioned Ayurvedic remedies.
Home remedies for gas and acidity
Get relieved of gas and acidity naturally. Here are a few Ayurvedic remedies for gastric issues and acidity.
- Asafoetida (Hing): Asafoetida or hing gives you instant relief from gas or acidity. If you mix half a teaspoon of the spice with lukewarm water and drink it, you'll be able to relieve yourself from excess gas and the resultant acidity. Asafoetida is known for its anti-flatulent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. According to Ayurveda, when vata dosha (space and air) increases in the colon, gases may accumulate and build up. Hing helps to balance out this dosha in the colon. Moreover, you can add a dash of this spice everytime you make dishes that cause flatulence such as legumes, chickpeas, pulses, etc. You can also mix hot mustard oil with hing and massage it round your belly button to give you some relief.
- Lime juice with baking powder: Another home remedy that works wonders is lime juice mixed with half a teaspoon of baking soda and water. Drink this concoction soon after your meals and it will help with the proper digestion of your food. When baking soda is mixed with lemon juice, the sodium bicarbonate of the former reacts with the citric acid of the latter, forming a buffer, i.e. sodium citrate. This is a weak acid or base that balances out the pH levels of the body.
- Cumin seeds/jeera water: One of the best remedies for gas and acidity is drinking jeera water. A tablespoon of cumin seeds boiled in two cups of water for nearly 15 minutes will relieve you of all your gastrointestinal problems. Cumin/jeera contains an organic compound called cumin aldehyde, which is known to trigger the salivary glands in the mouth, thereby activating the digestion process. This is followed by another important compound known as thymol, which bolsters the glands that secrete bile, acids, and enzymes that help in digesting food in the stomach and intestines.
- Curd or dahi: Dahi/curd/yogurt is the best thing you can give your gut everyday, unless you are lactose intolerant, in that case it can adversely affect your health. But the probiotics in curd can help reduce flatulence, gas, and even acidity. You can swap your usual sour cream or mayo with curd in all your recipes as that will be a smart way to add some good bacteria to your meals. Preferably consume homemade dahi or buy the ones whose label reads, “live and active cultures”.
- Ginger: Ginger or adrak is a great Ayurvedic remedy and acts as a carminative. You can either have it in the powdered or grated form. You can also have one teaspoon of grated ginger with a teaspoon of lime juice and lukewarm water every morning. You can also prepare ginger tea as it is an effective home remedy for flatulence and gives instant relief from trapped gas and acidity.