Feeling gassy and bloated happens to everyone, especially with age. It’s unpleasant, but knowing it’s going to happen is good. It allows you to take steps to prevent or at least limit it. But this article isn’t about prevention – it’s about what relieves gas and bloating now!
(If you’re interested in causes, strategies and how to prevent gas and bloating, check out our article Gas Relief, Digestive Enzymes and How to End Bloating.)
If you have gas, feel bloated or have indigestion, you want it to end. Here are 10 Tips for Quick Relief of gas and bloating that include traditional, popular and readily available options. You may even have several around the house right now.
Let’s get started!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a remedy for gas and bloating that people have turned to since ancient times. Although often termed a “folk remedy,” it remains a popular and traditionally effective way to deal with indigestion. Many who use it report reduced gas and bloating, whether they take it with a meal or just after.
Apple cider vinegar aids digestion by increasing the production of stomach acids, which supports the breakdown of food. Researchers have also found it slows the speed of food through the stomach which would support a more complete digestion, plus apple cider vinegar appears to help keep blood sugar levels stable.[i]
The most common use is to take 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup (8 oz) of water.
Anyone with gastritis or who suffers from ulcers or other stomach conditions may want to avoid as it could irritate a stomach with those conditions. It’s also worth noting that some who have heartburn say it helps while others say it doesn’t.
2. Heating pad
Heat calms muscles and eases pain. Putting a heating pad on your stomach relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract which helps to relieve the gas pressure.
3. Deep breathing
The practice of deep breathing helps some people. The filling of the lungs completely, down to the diaphragm as recommended in most deep breathing techniques, applies gentle internal pressure on the abdomen. This, in turn, can encourage the movement of gas and relieve the discomfort associated with gas bubbles and bloating.
It’s important to note, taking deep breaths should not include gulping air or letting air into the stomach and digestive tract. To keep this from happening, deep breaths are taken slowly in through the nose and then out through the mouth.
Bitter foods are known to stimulate digestion and promote a healthy digestive tract.[i] Bitters like those used in aperitifs such as Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters can be mixed with water to stimulate the stomach and encourage digestion and nutrient absorption.
5. Mint Oil
If you like desserts (and who doesn’t, right?), you’ve probably noticed mint leaves often adorn the plate as garnish. At least, it’s used as a garnish today. Mint itself has been known and used for thousands of years to support digestion, calm the stomach and relieve indigestion – and the gas and bloating that comes with it.
So, when you eat a dessert and see a mint leaf, go ahead and enjoy! Your mouth won’t just be refreshed, you’ll be supporting your digestion too!
Mint oil, or peppermint oil, comes from mint leaves and has also been studied for relief of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The results have shown it provides some relief from common IBS symptoms.[i],[ii]
Taking mint (or peppermint) oil after a meal is a traditional way to ease stomach discomfort, gas and bloating. How much should you take? Always follow the directions on the product label; a little bit can go a long way.
6. Fennel Seed
Fennel seeds are another way to relieve gas. They’ve been used in traditional medicines around the world and modern research has demonstrated that fennel does work to relieve gas and improve digestive tract health.[i]
The traditional way to ease gas is to chew on a teaspoon of fennel seeds. You might also try fennel tea if that is more appealing.
7. Drink Herbal Teas
Chamomile and ginger teas are popular herbal teas for the relief of gas and bloating. Ginger is known for its support for digestive health, including fast relief of indigestion and its symptoms. (You could slice off a piece of ginger root and chew on it, but most people find the tea more pleasant!)
Chamomile is another herb used by traditional medicines to relieve gas and stomach upset after a meal. It’s a soothing herb with anti-inflammatory properties.
You might also try peppermint or anise teas too.
8. Clove oil
Clove oil has traditionally been used to treat many different health conditions from toothaches to respiratory problems to easing indigestion and gas. Research has shown it helps to soothe and protect the stomach and digestive tract, making it potentially effective in the treatment and prevention of ulcers and supporting its use to relieve gas.[i]
9. Activated Charcoal
It may sound odd to take charcoal to relieve gas, but charcoal and bentonite clay specifically (like that in Cleanse Infused) have been used by people for millennia to relieve gas and digestive issues. Now, activated charcoal isn’t the same as the stuff you burn in the grill or what happens when food gets burnt. It’s the activation, a process that makes it able to absorb toxins from the body, that makes it effective.
A recent study found that activated charcoal worked better in individuals with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth which causes a lot of gas than standard gas relievers.[i]
Follow product instructions for the proper dosage.
10. Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes work to relieve gas and bloating by supporting the complete breakdown of food during digestion. Undigested proteins and sugars especially are often the biggest cause of gas and bloating. By taking a digestive enzyme like Digest Infused before eating, you improve your ability to digest food.
Of course, even if you forgot to take a digestive enzyme before a meal, taking it after helps too. Once the digestive enzymes enter your digestive tract, they do one thing – break down the undigested food wherever they find it, taking away the primary cause of your gas and bloating.