Flatulence & Bloating

Flatulence & Bloating

Gas is produced in the bowel as a by-product of the digestion process, but if excess quantities are produced and not released, it can cause flatulence and bloating in the abdomen.

Having excessive gas or gas that has a particularly foul odour may be an indication that the digestive tract is not functioning optimally, and nutritional and herbal remedies may be able to assist.

Symptoms

  • Frequent passing of wind, sometimes with foul odour
  • Abdominal pain and distension
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence and bloating may accompany both Constipation and Diarrhoea

Causes

  • Sulfur-rich and fibrous foods can result in increased flatulence, especially if intake increases suddenly
  • Swallowed air can contribute to the problem
  • Lactose intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome¬†and other bowel problems can also cause flatulence and bloating, as can some medications

Nutritional & Herbal Support

  • Taking a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement works with your body's own gastric secretions to enhance your digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and cellulose, and consequently may reduce symptoms of flatulence and bloating. Look for a formula that also contains herbs such as ginger and peppermint, which are traditionally taken to relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal cramping (colic) as well as other digestive symptoms such as Indigestion and Nausea
  • Milk Thistle has been used in Herbal Medicine to help relive digestive disturbances such as sensation of fullness, flatulence and slow Digestion. Traditionally used as a liver tonic, Milk Thistle aids digestion whilst maintaining a healthy digestive function.

Diet & Lifestyle advice

  • Foods that are renowned for causing flatulence include legumes (beans, lentils and peas), dried fruit, nuts, eggs and some vegetables, especially onions, cabbage and other sulfur-rich vegetables. If these foods are problems for you, don't avoid them altogether, but start with small quantities and build-up your consumption of them over time. Adding aromatic herbs and spices to your meals may also help. Good options include basil, ginger, fennel, caraway and cardamom
  • Flatulence may be a feature of lactose intolerance, coeliac disease and other food allergies and intolerance. If you suspect your flatulence may be caused by a food allergy, talk to your healthcare professional, who can arrange for the necessary testing
  • Some cases of flatulence are caused by swallowing excess air - often while smoking, chewing gum, or eating too quickly
  • Taking the time to chew your meals slowly prepares the stomach for the imminent arrival of food, and triggers the release of gastric acids and enzymes that will enable optimal digestion

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Information provided is of a general nature and should not replace that of your healthcare professional.

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