How to Get Rid of Intestinal Gas


Even though it's normally classified as poor etiquette, everyone does it. Belching and passing gas are natural functions of the body, but excessive amounts of intestinal gas are embarrassing and can even hurt if not passed. Here's how to reduce or get rid of intestinal gas.

Change your dining habits. Eat and drink slowly and try not to talk while eating. This helps to reduce the amount of air you swallow. Avoid carbonated drinks, gum and hard candy. The drinks have bubbles, which add air to your stomach, and the candy and gum cause you to swallow more air than normal as well. These will all reduce the amount of belching.

Notice what foods tend to cause flatulence. Common ones are beans, cabbage, broccoli, bananas and dairy products. When you narrow the list down to the worst offenders, try to avoid them. Fatty foods and those high in fiber are also culprits.

Get moving after you eat a meal. This helps aid the digestion process and works the foods through the intestinal system. Certain exercises that involve crouching, bending at the waist and stretching the spine forward and backward help to relieve the pain of gas that has built up inside.

Reduce the amount of stress in your life to help get rid of intestinal gas. Emotional stress causes an excess of stomach acid, which in turn causes intestinal gas to build up. Anything that de-stresses you or makes you laugh can help decrease stomach acid.

See your doctor if these remedies don't help get rid of intestinal gas and you are still experiencing an unusual amount of gas.