Although everyone experiences gas, some people are troubled by it more than others. At times, excessive gas can become uncomfortable or even painful. But simple changes to your diet can provide gas relief and also aid digestion. In addition to over-the-counter gas relief products, items commonly found in the kitchen may double as gas relievers.

Herbs for Gas Relief

A number of herbs with so-called carminative properties may help ease gas and prevent bloating, according to Angela Lemond, RDN, a dietitian and nutritionist based in Texas and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She explains that a carminative is a substance that aids in the expulsion of gas.

Ginger is often considered a carminative for its gastrointestinal effects. A systemic review published in January 2020 in the journal Nutrients found that out of studies that analyzed ginger’s effect on different gastric functions, 85 percent reported ginger as a digestive enhancer. As it relates to gas relief, faster digestion allows gases to move more quickly out of your small intestine to relieve discomfort and bloating.

Additionally, a systemic review published in January 2019 in Food Science & Nutrition found that ginger was an important dietary agent in helping prevent dyspepsia (upper abdominal pain), flatulence, and bloating.