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7 Ways to Get Rid of Gas Pains

Updated on August 26, 2013

Stomach Gas Pains

Have you ever had gas pain so bad that it seems like your intestines are tied into a knot? The pain can be so severe and it brings a tremendous amount of discomfort. Oh, it can be embarrassing, too. Whether you like it or not, you will find yourself passing gas every now and then. You would probably belch a lot, too. Although it is inevitable to have some sort of gas buildup in your stomach, there are things you can do to help reduce the amount of gas you produce and relieve the discomfort. So before you release a stinking gas bomb in public, read on and learn how to get rid of gas pains.


What Causes Gas Pains?

No choice but to let that gas pass!
No choice but to let that gas pass!

First things first, what causes gas pains? There are two main culprits here: too much fiber and swallowing air. If you have a fiber-rich diet, chances are you will find yourself bloated most of the time. Although fiber helps a lot in keeping the digestive tract moving, it contributes to the formation of gas. Your eating habits can also lead to gas pains. If you eat too fast, chew gum, or drink through a straw, you also swallow air. Your gas pains can also be caused by another health condition or excess use of certain medications.


How to Get Rid of Gas Pains

1. Drink hot peppermint tea.

Drinking hot tea helps relieve gas pain. Peppermint relaxes the stomach muscles and allows you to belch or pass gas easier.

2. Try activated charcoal.

Try taking charcoal tablets before and after a meal. You can purchase activated charcoal in health stores and pharmacies. Remember, though, that using activated charcoal may result in constipation or nausea. It is best if you check with your doctor first before you try it.

3. Use heating pads.

For a quick relief, use heating pads to get rid of gas pains. The heat relaxes the muscles of your stomach and relieves the pain. Make sure that a heating pad is readily available even if you are at work. You can also try a hot shower at home for a similar relief.

4. Watch your diet.

You may notice that you usually get gas pains after eating. This may be because some foods trigger your gas pains. It helps if you keep a diary where you can write down the foods that you have eaten before you experience abdominal pain. You will eventually find a pattern and lead you to the foods that cause you to have that uncomfortable feeling in your stomach. Also stray away from fatty and spicy foods. Also cut down on dairy products if you are lactose intolerant.

5. Change your eating habits.

Sometimes, it can be really hard to take your time and enjoy every bite of your favorite food. But if you want to get rid of gas pain, you have to do just that. If you eat too fast, you swallow more air which contributes to the formation of gas in your stomach. Also avoid sucking on candies, chewing gum, and drinking through a straw as much as possible. It is also recommended to eat 6 smaller meals instead of 3 large meals. Spread your meals throughout the day to allow your digestive system to work more efficiently.

6. Don’t resist.

Passing gas and belching can be embarrassing, but resisting them does not help you with your problem. Politely excuse yourself and go to the bathroom if you feel that time bomb starts ticking, and once you’re in the cubicle, let it explode. While you’re at it, also try to move your bowels. It helps lead gas away from your system.

7. Exercise.

When you have gas pains, the last thing you want to do is to get up and exercise. You just want to lie in bed all day and wait for all the gas to come out. Little do people know that exercising is actually a great way to get rid of gas pains. It doesn’t have to be an intense one; it can be as simple as walking in the park or even in your room if you really feel that lazy. Mild exercises like walking helps relax the muscles in your abdomen, freeing up the passage for trapped intestinal gas.


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    • Cliff Mendrez profile imageAUTHOR

      Cliff Mendrez 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Ms Dee, thanks for reading!

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      Deidre Shelden 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good natural ways to manage GI gas problems! I like the alternate remedies other than medication. :)

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