Gas is normally present in the digestive system. When gas accumulates in intestines and if it is not expelled out, it leads to gas pain. Constipation and diarrhea can also lead to gas pain.
Major symptoms seen in people with gas are:
- Weight loss
- Blood in stool
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
3 main gas related complaints that are commonly seen are:
- Excessive belching
- Abdominal bloating
- Excessive flatus
Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels full and tight and it looks bloated. The most common cause of temporary bloating is gas in the abdomen .
In the digestive system half the gas is due to swallowed air and the other half is due to bacteria which produces gas in the abdomen (gut) that aid in the digestion of the food. If the gastrointestinal tract is unable to pass the gas effectively, then gas gets accumulated in the intestines causing bloating.
According to the statistics 1 out of 10 Americans suffer from bloating even when they have not consumed a large meal .
Common causes for abdominal bloating are:
- Swallowed air
- Gastrointestinal Reflux [GERD]
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Weight gain
- Bacterial overgrowth
- Lactose intolerance
- Problems digesting complex food substances
- Impairment of intestinal microbial population
- The oral diabetes medicines, acarbose and medicines or food which contain sorbitol, lactulose and fruits and vegetables such as Brussels, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, prunes, apricots contain sugars and starch may cause bloating.
Some of the serious disorders that cause bloating are :
- Celiac diseases
- Dumping syndrome
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic insufficiency
How Turmeric Benefits In Bloating
Here is how turmeric relieves bloating:
1.Turmeric is a carminative-prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitate the expulsion of accumulated gas.
2.Turmeric serves as anti-spasmodic and as anti-flatulent.
3.Turmeric is a digestive stimulant.
4.Turmeric can aid in relieving symptoms of indigestion or dyspepsia, abdominal bloating and abdominal pain.
5.Turmeric positively regulates the growth of intestinal micro-organisms
6.Turmeric protects the intestinal barrier from infections.
7.Turmeric’s antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and immune regulating property is useful in the treatment of disorders which cause bloating.
8.Turmeric can attenuate anxiety and depressive symptoms .
Best Ways To Take Turmeric To Ease Bloating
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for Bloating. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder.
The dosage depends in terms of the formulation and severity of the condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet. However it is difficult to obtain therapeutic effect in the limited quantities we consume.
Recommended intake: 1-3g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and include it in other fresh juices with a pinch of black pepper and consume it daily for better digestion.
You can also prepare Golden Paste from fresh roots. For more details about the dosage please refer to Golden Paste section.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.
In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day.
Start with small doses and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach.
We do not recommend this form in case of acid reflux or bloating unless it suits you; however you can prepare DIY Turmeric Capsules and consume them after meals.
Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day
Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric.
It is highly recommended to take this paste after meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe.
You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
This is the ideal dose of Golden Paste where you should experience relief. The ideal dose differs with every individual; some do fine on a small dose while some may need more.
Maximum dosage: 1 tsp 3 times a day only with or after meals. You can increase the dose if you do not experience any gastric discomfort.
Turmeric tincture is extremely beneficial for pain and inflammation relief but not much is known about its efficacy in bloating.
Take 10-30 drops 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.
Maximum dosage: 20-30 drops 3 times a day
This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. But one must avoid taking it on an empty stomach. Here is the recipe.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day with a meal
Turmeric milk helps in easier absorption of turmeric and boosts immune defenses. You can find the recipe here.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions.
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
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Turmeric is said to serve as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and as carminative and help in the digestion and also relieves intestinal gas.
Scientific evidences prove that turmeric can be useful in treating disorders which cause bloating.
Turmeric should be consumed in adequate doses. Golden paste and turmeric milk are eminent remedies for bloating. However higher doses of turmeric can worsen the symptoms of bloating and other gastric symptoms.
Finding the ideal dose that suits your body should involve reduction of target symptoms and improvement in disease activity and simultaneously should not experience any side effects such as gastric side effects.
If you have a dose that has worked for you and relieved you from pain and inflammation in bloating please share it below for the benefit of others.