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In India and other oriental countries, belching is considered a sign of being satisfied after a filling meal. However, if you find yourself belching too often, it is quite likely that you suffer from flatulence the scientific name for accumulation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). When this happens in public, it can be quite embarrassing; but more importantly, some people also experience discomfort when they belch. Here are some natural remedies you can try if you suffer from excessive belching.
Ginger contains volatile oil that has carminative action i.e. it helps to expel gas from the GIT. Besides, it also has digestive action and can help you digest food with greater ease, reducing the amount of gas that is formed. If you like the taste, chew on a fresh rhizome of ginger after washing and peeling the outer skin. But if you find the raw spicy aroma too much to bear, grate a little ginger and allow about 1 teaspoon of it to steep in boiling water for about 5 minutes, strain, cool and drink. Beans and peas are the common culprits when it comes to gas production in the GIT and therefore, adding a little crushed ginger when cooking these can help you avoid flatulence. Read more about the health benefits of ginger.
Fennel or saunf is an excellent carminative and all you need to do is chew on a few seeds of fennel immediately after you eat something. For best results, go with the natural seeds instead of the sweetened and flavoured variety that is nowadays available. Read more about the health benefits of jeera.
Cardamom is mainly used as a flavouring agent when preparing food but it also contains volatile oil that helps get rid of flatulence. Chew on a few seeds of cardamom after your meal; not only will it help reduce belching, it will also flavour your breath and help to mask bad breath caused due to indigestion. If you find the aroma very strong to directly chew the seeds, add about 1 teaspoon of cardamom seeds into a cup of water, boil and drink this tea when it is still hot but comfortable enough to sip. Read more about the health benefits of cardamom.
Vinegar and lemon
Vinegar is a natural digestive and can help your GIT digest food better. This means there is less chance of undigested food being retained and fermenting to produce gas. For best results, add 1 teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice into a glass of water, mix well and drink a few minutes before you have your meal.
Mint or pudina contains menthol that promotes the secretion of bile into the digestive tract. So, it can help to reduce the belching caused by gas due to digestive problems. Simply crush a handful of mint leaves, add into a glass of water and drink once a day; repeat this for about a fortnight for best results. Alternatively, prepare a tea by steeping mint leaves in boiling water for a few minutes, strain and drink. You can also include mint leaves in other dishes you cook to get the benefit of its digestive effects. Read more about the health benefits of mint leaves.
Like mint, asafoetida has excellent digestive properties and in fact, that is one of the reasons it is used in seasoning so many dishes. Make it a practice to end your meal with a glass of buttermilk mixed with a pinch of salt and asafoetida. If you don't have buttermilk which is curd from which the butter has been removed you can simply dilute curd with water, whip once in the blender and add in the asafoetida. Read more about the health benefits of hing.
While these natural remedies can help you deal with belching, it is equally important that you prevent flatulence from developing. Eat small meals at frequent intervals, avoid long gaps between meals and chew slowly, with your mouth closed, without talking too much in between. If you follow these steps, you are less likely to suffer from the problem of belching.
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