How to stop gas pain

It’s normal to have some gas. But if the gas can’t easily get out, you may feel uncomfortable and bloated.

How to stop gas pain

It’s normal to have some gas. But if the gas can’t easily get out, you may feel uncomfortable and bloated.

Flatulence, commonly referred to as 'farting', is caused by gas in the bowel. Ordinarily, the intestines produce between 500 and 2000ml of gas, which is regularly passed out of the anus. The gas, or 'flatus', consists of a number of gases including methane, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The varying smell depends on the ratio of gases, which is influenced by the foods we eat.

Flatus is generated by swallowed air, digestion, high-fibre foods and the by-products of intestinal bacteria. Some digestive system disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, can produce excess gas.

Sometimes, you make more gas than you can handle, or some gets stuck inside you. When that happens, your body tells you. You may have pain, cramps, or a knotted feeling in your belly.

Foods that tend to produce large amounts of flatus also contain essential nutrients and shouldn't be eliminated. Limiting their consumption is a better option. Examples of foods that commonly cause flatulence include:

  • dairy products – such as milk, if lactose intolerance is present
  • dried fruit – raisins and prunes
  • fruit – apple, apricot, peach and pear
  • foods high in insoluble fibre – particularly seeds and husks
  • legumes – beans, peas, chickpeas, soybeans and nuts
  • vegetables – carrot, eggplant, onion, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

 

Besides tweaking your diet and habits, you might get help from natural remedies. Try drinking peppermint or chamomile tea. Or consider taking charcoal products or other over-the-counter preparations.

If you continue to feel abdominal pain associated with excess gas, consult your doctor.

Have you ever experienced pain from intestinal gas? Did you find a solution? What worked for you?

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Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.

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    Mariner
    27th Nov 2019
    8:30pm
    First of all - do not feel embarrassed to let it out. I like some of the food mentioned and I know the result but I take that into consideration. Do not eat certain items when I have trips planned. Brussel sprouts a case in point - never liked them as a kid but now love them - but it seems they do not love me, alas!


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