The accumulation of excess gas in the digestive tract could become a medical emergency
Bacteria present in your digestive system produced different gases. Certain foods can also increase the production of gases as they increase the rate of bacterial fermentation. While gas production is natural, getting rid of trapped wind becomes necessary sometimes.
How are gases produced in your body?
A lot of dietary and pathological factors can lead to the development of gases inside the digestive system. The causes can range from food changes to infections e.g., irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Digestive issues e.g., lactose intolerance can also cause more trapped wind. Some foods e.g., lush green vegetables and fizzy drinks can also cause too much air in the abdomen.
Besides the gas production in the body, you can also ingest gases from outside e.g., while using chewing gum. The body uses eructation and farting to remove excess wind. But if these natural relieving mechanisms fail, the resulting bloat can be very discomforting and can even become a hospital emergency.
Symptoms of trapped wind
Farting is a normal phenomenon and 10-15 daily are absolutely normal. However, excessive farting can be a sign of bacterial activity that is producing excessive gases. Before choosing a remedy to relieve trapped wind, first identify various symptoms associated with bloating. These trapped wind symptoms include;
Passing wind more than often
Loud and smelly flatus
Abdominal discomfort and distension
Stomach pain and cramping
Gentle but firm pressure and feelings of fullness
How to get rid of excess gas?
The reversal of causative factors is required for a successful treatment. However, the following recipes can help you to reduce trapped wind.
The spasms of the intestinal muscles are one of the causes of trapped wind pain. Peppermint oil and tea are known to relieve these spasms and reduce the symptoms of bloating. A 2005 meta-study published in Phytomedicine found that peppermint oil is effective to relieve the symptoms of IBS including the trapped wind in 58% of the cases. Its continuous use can help release trapped wind by increasing the motility in your intestines.
It also helps in many other digestive disturbances. The tea form is best recommended and is most effective.
Exercise can improve your digestive system
A brisk run or walk is very effective in preventing stomach issues. You can choose any exercise of your liking as all exercises can relieve abdominal pain and discomfort associated with trapped wind and also prevent trapped wind from happening.
The exercises involving upward and downward movements (e.g., star jumps) are particularly effective to remove gases. The choice of exercise should be made cautiously as it can influence the production of stomach acid.
Avoid Gas producing foods
While lush green vegetables (e.g., beans, cabbage, cauliflower etc...) have a number of benefits, they are rich in compounds that trap the gases produced naturally inside the gut. Beans are typically notorious. The excess undigestible carbohydrates (prebiotics) should also be avoided as they are consumed by gas-producing bacteria. If you have a history of bloating, use these things with caution.
Go for treatment if the symptoms don't go away
If unfortunately, the symptoms persist, you should go for medical help. The doctor can prescribe various things e.g., activated charcoal, mineral oils, lactase enzyme, simethicone and antibiotics depending upon the cause of gas production.
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