All you have to do is tell people that you’re not feeling well – that you’re “feeling gassy.” In the interest of being discreet, you might very well leave it at that.
But it behooves you to probe the source of your discomfort or pain. Only then can you successfully mitigate the symptoms. Bloating and gas usually settle in one of three regions of your body: the stomach and intestines, colon or esophagus.
Gas in the stomach and intestines
Gas that builds up in the stomach and intestines can result in pain that can range from dull and throbbing to sharp and stabbing. Fatty or greasy food often trigger gas that accumulates in this body region, but other likely culprits might be:
- Gastrointestinal infection
- Celiac disease or lactose intolerance
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Carbonated beverages
- Eating too fast or swallowing too much air after drinking through a straw or chewing gum
The discomfort or pain of bloating and gas in the stomach or intestines usually is relieved after passing gas or having a bowel movement. But in the meantime, it’s smart to avoid dairy products, beans, vegetables including broccoli, cabbage and onions and fruits such as apples, berries and pears.
Gas in the colon
Gas that builds up in the colon is usually the result of undigested food or food ingredients that your digestive system cannot break down, such as gluten or sugar.
Gas in the colon also is likely to subside after passing gas or having a bowel movement. But in the meantime, it’s wise to avoid the same types of food that can cause gas to build up in the stomach and intestines, as well as food that is high in fiber. This also might be the time to try low-lactose or no-lactose foods and those that are gluten-free.
Gas in the esophagus
Gas that builds up in the esophagus from excess air finds sure relief in burping and belching – not that these consequences are pleasant to contend with. You can mitigate if not eliminate these conditions by:
- Avoiding carbonated beverages and beer
- Eating and drinking slowly
- Limiting chewing gum and hard candy
- Refraining from smoking
No matter where your bloating and gas has settled, you can find quick relief when you purchase CharcoCaps. These over-the-counter tablets literally absorb gas – freeing you of that “gassy” feeling and the ensuing discomfort and pain in minutes.