Anyone who's ever had trapped wind will tell you, it ain't too much fun. Perhaps you've even experienced trapped gas yourself, leading you to a) desperately do the downward dog in an attempt to err, move the wind along, or b) desperately ask Google the all important question: 'How to get rid of trapped wind.'
To find out how to get rid of trapped wind, as well as learn more about the symptoms and causes of trapped wind, we spoke to Abbas Kanani, a pharmacist at Chemist Click.
What is trapped wind?
"Trapped wind is essentially a term used to describe a build up of gas within the digestive symptoms, causing discomfort," explains Kanani.
What causes trapped wind?
"The average adult produces around 1.2 litres of gas daily. This happens when you eat, drink, chew gum, talk, smoke, essentially any activity which involves the intake of air," notes the expert.
Gas is also produced when the bacteria in our stomach interact with undigested carbohydrates. Hard-to-digest foods include beans and brussels sprouts, and sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol, as well as fructose – as Kanani points out, this is because our bodies "enzymes to break them down."
What are the symptoms of trapped wind?
"Bloating is one of the main symptoms," Kanani says. "This is usually accompanied by stomach cramps, passing wind and burping."
How to get rid of trapped wind
"Massaging your stomach is a good way to get the gasses moving and encourage them to leave your body," the expert advises.
As well as that, moving your body can help get the build up of gas moving. "Certain positions such as the squat, and lying on your back whilst bringing your knees to your chest, can encourage the movement of gas out of your system too," Kanani adds.
You can also give some natural remedies a go too, like drinking certain types of herbal tea. "Peppermint tea can also help to relieve the symptoms associated with trapped wind," the expert notes.
How to prevent trapped wind
"Avoid triggers such as processed foods, sweeteners, sugary and fizzy drinks, caffeine, smoking and other foods that are own to cause trapped wind such as broccoli, cabbage and beans," advises Kanani. "Eating slowly allows more saliva to break down food, reducing the chances of gas build up as well."
And, that's not all. "Water and fibre are also a good way to keep your bowels moving," the expert adds. "Exercise can also help gases to move through the digestive system better."
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