Are you suffering stomach bloating & trapped wind? They really are common and cause so much misery don't they.
Well, what I would like to do here is show you what causes your symptoms and the treatment options available to you.
So what causes your bloating of the stomach? Well, there are several possibilities, but the most common one occurs as a result of either abdominal swelling or trapped wind.
We've all experienced the feeling of excessive wind or intestinal gas resulting in the well known tightness and discomfort in and around the abdomen. This is the most common issue and is particularly common in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Certain foods can cause gas which will then trigger bloating and IBS symptoms.
As a result, clothing feels tight and this usually causes increased discomfort. There is sometimes a burning pain associated with this due to indigestion, a common symptom that occurs with trapped wind symptoms.
Drugs can help by reducing stomach acid, the common one's being the proton pump inhibitors and antacids.
There are many stomach bloating causes. Doctors are taught something called the 5 F’s to remember these.
They are Fat, Faeces, Fluid (doctors call this ascites - one of the ovarian cancer features for example), Foetus i.e. pregnancy and Flatus or gas!
Trapped wind symptoms can vary in intensity from one sufferer to another. The symptoms are alarming particularly when flatulence is a predominant symptom.
Most sufferers fear being in public with this due to the embarrassing smells and noises. Excessive bloating can make the sufferer look and feel as if they have put on weight, something that is far from the truth.
The cause of trapped wind symptoms can vary from IBS with constipation, excessive intestinal gas, menstruation, air swallowing (if belching is evident then this is usually the cause), food intolerance's or concurrent bowel conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Celiac disease or adhesions. All these problems are associated with nausea symptoms too.
Sometimes there can be excessive fermentation of foods in your gut by bacteria that then produce gas and stomach bloating.
Carbohydrates and sugars can often make the situation worse as bacteria feed on these.
So now I would like to address how you can relieve stomach symptoms. Foods that cause trapped wind symptoms are mainly high in carbohydrate.
Treating bloating with diet is an important way to relieve symptoms. Maintaining a low carbohydrate diet (the complex sugars are liked by gut bacteria which ferment them) and keeping up a high fiber diet.
A good fluid intake can be helpful in bloating relief. Foods such as cakes, biscuits, bread, milk, dairy products (particularly in suffers with lactose intolerance), wheat, nuts, pulses, dried fruits, vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli are important to keep to a minimum.
They shouldn’t be totally avoided as this will result in hunger and this in turn results in increased stomach bloating in some sufferers.
Reducing caffeine intake (Tea, coffee, some carbonated drinks) and fat in the diet can also help some sufferers of trapped wind symptoms and flatuance.
A low fiber diet incorporating meat, eggs, fish, white bread, pasta, rice, corn and rice cakes should be taken in the diet. Fruits are okay, but try to eat fruits without the skins (the skin has the high fiber in usually).
The use of medications as a treatment for stomach bloating can be effective in some sufferers and you can find out more about these through the links.
It is important to maintain a good fluid intake and to consider the use of laxatives if constipation is an issue are important in treating bloating. Fybogel powder or Ispaghula husk is a good option to provide fibre which will increase your stool bulk.
Reducing caffeine intake (Tea, coffee, some carbonated drinks) and fat in the diet can also help some sufferers trapped wind symptoms. As mentioned, use of probiotics can also have a role in helping your symptoms.
Taking regular exercise, reducing stress and maintaining a healthy diet as advised above are all important factors in reducing bloating and IBS symptoms.
Charcoal biscuits have also been around for many years and a treatment for constant stomach bloating and wind too.
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