The causes of inflammation of the intestine can be very varied: food allergies, genetic factors, stress and other emotional factors, consumption of some medications (such as antibiotics), presence of bad bacteria and viruses, among others. The intestine, in addition to being associated with digestion, is related to general well-being and emotional health, as it is very sensitive to emotional disturbances. In addition, it contains 70% of the cells of the immune system, so a healthy intestine plays a very important role in defending against disease.
Symptoms of inflamed intestines
The symptoms of intestinal inflammation can be of two types, generalized or direct in the area, related to pain in the intestine. Generalized symptoms include tiredness, malaise, headache, moodiness, chills, and fever.
Among the main symptoms of inflamed intestines, which are directly reflected in the digestive system, are:
- Abdominal pain.
- Abdominal swelling.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
Although the last symptom mentioned may seem strange, episodes of both diarrhea and constipation can actually occur, since both extremes can occur when an intestinal disorder occurs. There may be a feeling that a lot has been eaten, such as overeating or heavy digestion, as well as nausea, and even vomiting.
When the discomfort occurs frequently or lasts for more than three days, or if there is a risk of dehydration or fever, it is recommended to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
How to deflate the intestines and relieve pain
If the situation is not serious or you have not had this problem for a long period of time, you can resort to a series of techniques that will help you reduce the inflammation of the intestines and improve the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. Here are some effective tips to deflate the intestines and relieve pain :
Eat light and avoid irritating foods
The first thing to watch out for is following a diet for intestinal inflammation. Thus, avoid highly seasoned or fatty foods, especially processed ones, such as fried foods, snacks, soups in sachets, soft drinks, sweeteners, pastries and industrial pastries. In this other post from we detail the Prohibited Foods for Irritable Colon , which coincide with those that must be avoided in case of intestinal irritation, whatever the cause.
Foods that are easy to digest , such as broths and light soups, grilled chicken, grilled white fish, potatoes, applesauce, eggs, white rice, will improve the symptoms of intestinal inflammation.
Eat anti-inflammatory fruits
Among the home remedies to deflate the intestines , the main stars are the fruits. Some of the most recommended are:
The banana, due to its high content of potassium, fiber and natural antacids, improves digestion, reduces inflammation and pain in the intestine. Other fruits that have anti-inflammatory properties are pineapple, due to its bromelain content, grapes and red fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries and cherries, thanks to the anthocyanins and large amount of antioxidants they contain.
Papaya, due to its papain content, helps improve digestion and is recommended both in cases of diarrhea and constipation, since it regulates the natural functions of the intestine.
Apples, due to their peptin content, stimulate the elimination of toxins and facilitate the expulsion of feces, which should be facilitated when there are gastrointestinal problems. However, we must not overdo the consumption of these fruits, since they can go from helping us to deflate the intestines and regulate intestinal transit, to producing the opposite effect, for example to constipation when suffering from diarrhea, or vice versa .
Discover more Anti- inflammatory foods in this article about the best and most recommended.
Probiotic and prebiotic foods
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in some foods, such as yogurt and kefir. These foods improve the bacterial flora and, thus, digestion and intestinal transit. Prebiotics, present in foods such as bananas and tomatoes, are fibers with special carbohydrates that serve as food for probiotics, greatly improving the health of the intestines.
Meditate and reduce your stress levels
It is proven that meditation, mindfulness and yoga help restore the natural balance of the body, as they clear the mind of worries and promote relaxation , benefiting the entire body, including the digestive system.
Another way to reduce nerves and stress is walking through quiet areas, such as the countryside or a park. In addition, this light exercise also promotes bowel movement, so it can facilitate intestinal inflammation .
In addition, according to biodecoding or biodecoding, which is a discipline on which many studies are still carried out and for this reason it is considered a pseudoscience or an alternative current to conventional science, the relationship between physical illnesses and emotions is established and, in In this case, inflammation is related to feelings of anger and fear. For biodecoders, problems in the intestines reflect beliefs, ideas or situations in your life that you do not want to let go of, or an inability to accept the good things that life offers you. Irritable colon reflects fear of relaxation and insecurity. Identifying and becoming aware of all these situations will favor the desinflammation of the intestines. However, if you think you identify emotions,
Also, remember that if the doctors have already identified the cause of the swelling in the intestines, they will prescribe what is most appropriate to treat the symptoms and the cause, thus eliminating the problem at its source or controlling it. For example, if you suffer from Crohn's disease or irritable bowels, apart from several habit guidelines, they will give you medication for irritable bowel , especially if the case is not mild.
To finish, we also recommend these home remedies for an inflamed duodenum , as it is one of the parts of the intestines that can easily swell for a variety of reasons.
How to eliminate gases from the inflamed intestine – remedies and tips
To finish, we explain the best ways to eliminate gas when there is intestinal inflammation :
- Placing hot water compresses on the stomach helps expel gas.
- There are also many home remedies for gas that are made from medicinal plants that are carminative , that is, they reduce the production of intestinal gas and help expel it. These include the following: star anise, chamomile, oregano, basil, mint, coriander, dill, ginger, fennel, sage, saffron, bay leaf, thyme, and carrot. They can be taken as an infusion or used in the preparation of meals.
- Another very effective preparation is baking soda with lemon . It is prepared by squeezing half a lemon in half a glass of water, and adding half a teaspoon of baking soda. Wait for it to do its effervescent effect and drink it.
We want to clarify that the most popular carminative is star anise, although recent research shows that it can cause poisoning in infants, so it is contraindicated for pregnant women, breastfeeding women or children under 3 years of age. In these cases it is better to consult the doctor, obstetrician or pediatrician.