Trapped wind

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Prevention

If you suffer regularly from trapped wind, try to work out what's causing the symptoms. A bloated stomach may be caused by swallowing too much air, particularly while you're eating, whereas abdominal bloating and flatulence could be a sign that you've eaten something that causes extra gas to be produced in your colon.

In general, the following steps can help you to avoid the symptoms of trapped wind:

  • Eat regular meals
  • Try not to rush a meal or eat on the move
  • Don't gulp down drinks
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Try to relax and de-stress before eating
  • Avoid wearing clothes that fit tightly around your waist, particularly when you eat

Avoid food and drinks that are more likely to cause trapped wind:

  • cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts
  • turnips, onions, leeks
  • garlic
  • fennel, sunflower and poppy seeds
  • fizzy drinks, such as colas and beer

Try to avoid stressful situations and find ways to relax when you start to feel tense.

 
 
 

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