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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an acupuncturist and herbalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I'm talking to you about home remedies for a gassy stomach. One of the most important things for us to ascertain, of course, is to why we have a gassy stomach. And there's many causes for that. It can be anything from eating too fast to some serious digestive problems, to just the types of foods we are eating sometimes. A lot of times, eating a lot of things like broccoli, or cabbage, or eating a lot of beans, as we all know. And sometimes, it's as simple as just eating too many raw foods that can cause some problems that we get a lot of bloating and gas in our stomach. So, once we find out why we are getting the gassy stomach we can choose the best remedy. One of the more common reasons to get it is the aftereffects of antibiotics. So, I oftentimes recommend that people find a good probiotic at their local health food store or from their local health care practitioner. And then there's some foods that can be very helpful that you may find in your local grocery store or in your own kitchen. There's things like basil that are very yummy, that we can eat or make a strong tea out of. We can use ginger, especially if we are getting a little bit of acid reflux with it. So, we can make ginger tea, or we can just choose a piece of ginger or combine it with our foods. Two things that add great digestive enzymes into our diet are pineapple and papaya, which are oh so yummy for desserts, so a great way to end your meal with. And then, we can also cook with fennel, and so I personally like the fennel bulb, oftentimes chopped up into the foods, sauteed or thinly sliced into a salad. So, by combining foods that can help us in our digestion, we can constantly be working on that gassy stomach and that bloating throughout our meals, so that we can enjoy the foods we want. But of course, remember, ascertain what the reason is, why you are getting the bloating and gassy stomach. Once you figure that out make sure you chew slowly. Enjoy, and savor every meal and every bite that you've got. And incorporate foods that can really help with any of your digestive problems like the papaya, pineapple, basil, ginger, fennel. And if you are taking antibiotics, make sure that you take a good probiotic to follow it up with, to help alleviate any of the side effects that you may get from an antibiotic. So, this is Bob Linde in St. Petersburg, Florida; please enjoy your herbs that are throughout your home, your kitchen, grocery store and hopefully your backyard.