Sick of dealing with gas and bloating? We’re here to help. Find out how you can get rid of gas today.
Say Good Riddance to Gas
Gas can be a bothersome issue to deal with. Not only is it embarrassing—it can also be uncomfortable or even painful. Although the best way to reduce gas varies from person to person, there are general guidelines you can follow to help minimize instances of gas and bloating in your life. Read on to find out more.
Causes of Gas
Before we talk about how to relieve gas, it’s important to understand what causes gas.
Passing gas is a normal part of the digestive process. In fact, most people produce 1 to 3 pints of gas a day, passing gas around 14 to 23 times a day on average.1 So if you notice some flatulence as you go about your day-to-day activities, there’s likely no reason to worry.
However, if you believe you’re experiencing more gas than the average person, or if you have symptoms of gas that cause you discomfort, exploring options for gas relief is a good idea.
The first step in getting gas relief: determine the cause. Below, you’ll find a number items which may trigger or worsen flatulence. Explore the list to see if any may be applicable to you:
- Certain high-fiber foods such as legumes, whole grains, and fruits and veggies, as well as starches like potatoes, corn, noodles, and wheat
- Carbonated beverages such as sparkling water, soda, or beer
- Eating too quickly, causing you to swallow big gulps of air between bites
- Chewing or sucking on gum or candies
- Drinking through a straw
- Some fiber supplements
- Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners, including such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol2
Sometimes, excessive gas can be caused by digestive issues. If you’re sensitive to certain foods, your body may react by producing more gas than usual.2 In addition, occasional constipation can be another cause of gas.2
Negative Symptoms of Gas
Whether you have too much gas, or you have gas symptoms which are uncomfortable or painful, you may want to seek out options for relief. Here are some signs that you may be in need of relief:
- Frequent belching
- Frequent flatulence
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Abdominal bloating
- A feeling of fullness, even if you haven’t eaten
- A feeling of pressure in your abdomen
- An increase in the size of your abdomen2,3
One term that may be helpful to understand as we discuss this topic is “trapped gas.” Trapped gas happens when gas is trapped or not moving well through your digestive system.2 In some cases, trapped gas may be the cause of the negative symptoms you’re experiencing. Trapped gas and/or excessive gas can be relieved.
Getting Rid of Gas
There are a number of ways you can control your gas. Foster these healthy lifestyle habits to help keep your gas levels normal:
- Take your time at the table. Eating and drinking quickly may cause you to swallow too much air, leading to gas.
- Know your trigger foods. Find out what foods trigger gas for you and eliminate them from your diet if possible. Some common triggers foods include beans, peas, cabbage, onions, and broccoli.
- Ditch the cigarettes. Smoking isn’t a good health choice for a number of reasons, and since the extra inhaling and exhaling during smoking may also increase instances of gas, you may just want to stop smoking for good!
- Get your exercise. Partaking in regular exercise can help with gas. Try taking a walk after eating to help support digestion and minimize gas.
- Wear dentures that fit. If you wear dentures, make sure they fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures may cause gas for some individuals, since they can cause you to swallow extra air.
- Cut out dairy. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt can cause gas for some individuals. Talk to your doctor if you think quitting dairy might be a good choice for you.3
In addition to the approaches listed above, you may want to try an over-the-counter medication to help get rid of gas. Consider Gas-X. Gas-X Extra Strength Softgels offer fast, effective relief of pressure and bloating that antacids can’t provide. They are specially formulated with simethicone, the anti-gas medicine doctors recommend most for pressure, bloating, or discomfort referred as gas.
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*Disclaimer: Gas-X products help provide relief for gas. However, these products aren’t used for gas prevention.
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- Gas in the Digestive Tract. Johns Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/gas-in-the-digestive-tract. Accessed 3/29/2021. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.
- Gas and gas pains - Diagnosis and treatment. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gas-and-gas-pains/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372714. Accessed 3/29/2021. Referenced text is highlighted in source PDF.