Bloated & Gassy? Try These 7 Ayurvedic Remedies.

Via Julie Bernier
on Nov 8, 2014
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In asking clients about their digestive health, I’ve learned that many people don’t believe they have digestive issues—even if they regularly suffer from gas and bloating.

Apparently, they share this in common with over 70 percent (and maybe even up to 90 percent) of other Americans.

Yes, we’ll all have gas and bloating at some point or another, but they shouldn’t be a part of our regular digestive process. Both symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable, and there’s no need to suffer!

Try these easy, natural, medicine-free Ayurvedic remedies to help your tummy feel flat and calm again.

1) Be mindful of the way in which you eat.

Ayurveda has gifted us simple yet profound wisdom on this topic. Check out this article to learn more.

2) Drink a cup of hot water first thing in the morning.

When we wake up in the morning, our digestive fire is naturally low. Hot water gives this agni a jumpstart, both preparing it for food and stimulating the bowels. Take this remedy on board every day; not only when you’re feeling bloated or gassy.

3) Avoid gas producing foods.

Cabbage, peas, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are the foods most likely to give you gas. Most beans also make this list. If you’re having issues, try cutting them out of your diet, and then reintroducing them one at a time. Notice how you feel afterward—if they make you bloated or gassy, either cook them with lots of digestive spices or avoid them altogether.

4) Cook your vegetables.

Some people do just fine with a raw kale salad, while others will end up with a balloon of a tummy afterwards. Salads might be touted as healthy but raw vegetables are actually pretty difficult to digest. If you’re dealing with gas and bloating, try steaming or sautéing your vegetables.

5) Spice up your food.

Spices do more than just flavor dishes—they have mild medicinal effects. Fennel, cumin, coriander, ginger, ajwain, and hing (aka asafoetida) will help to counteract your food’s gas forming tendencies.

Using these spices is very easy. Heat pne teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil in a small frying pan. Then throw in 1/2 teaspoon each of a few of these spices, some grated ginger, and a pinch of hing if you have it. Stir and fry for 30 seconds, then pour on top of your beans, rice or cooked vegetables.

6) Chew and swallow one teaspoon of fennel seeds after meals.

Fennel helps to relieve bloating and uncomfortable abdominal pains. To get the strongest effect from any spice, buy organic, store in an air-tight container and consume within six months.

7) Practice wind-releasing pose.

As its name implies, pawanmuktasana, or wind-releasing pose, helps to push out trapped air.

To practice, lie on your back. Hug your right knee into your chest. Inhale deeply, then exhale and reach your knee toward your nose. Hold this position for a few seconds, then inhale and release.

Order is very important here—do the exercise 3 times on the right side first, and then 3 times on the left. This follows the natural movement of the colon so that you’re literally pushing gas out.

Lastly, hug both knees into the chest and hold for a few seconds. Repeat three times.

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Happy digestion!

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Author: Julie Bernier

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About Julie Bernier

Julie Bernier teaches women the art of self-care so that they feel their healthiest and happiest in their own unique bodies. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge of ayurveda: a complete medical science and way of life which explains that our wellbeing blossoms when we align ourselves with nature. Julie is a registered ayurvedic practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, a Certified Massage Therapist, and a classical hatha yoga teacher. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from their source in India. Connect with Julie at trueayurveda.com and check out her upcoming events in LA: ayurvedic cooking basics and ayurvedic skin care.

Comments

8 Responses to “Bloated & Gassy? Try These 7 Ayurvedic Remedies.”

  1. Being student of Ayurveda (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and surgery), what I want to say is Ayurveda not only focus on physical body but also on mental and spiritual. Chewing with teeth is not eating, in fact use all your sense organs or sense even for one bite. Look, feel, smell, touch and taste, this will definitely do good in your body. And important thing is this will make you satisfy anything you eat.

  2. inspireyoga says:

    This is really helpful, Julie – thanks so much for sharing!!

    Ananta (Ripa)

  3. Shashi sehgal says:

    I have esophegus ggastric problem from last 15 years. Doctor put me on neksium 40 once a day. My heart burn gone. But from last two years I feel bloated all the time. I am a small eater from the beginning. Because of my work I many times miss meals. I drink 6 glasses of water a day. I am fifty eight years old and fed up of my bloating problem.

  4. d.s.p w r says:

    I facing gas problem

  5. Liza Marlette says:

    Italians and Sicilians always boil bay leaves in water and drink the water. It gets rid of gas, bloating a and heartburn. We call it achaidau when you feel like that.

  6. kristine says:

    Thanks a lot for this useful content !

    Regards: Kristine

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