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Gas and Bloating Treatment Options

Gas and bloating are common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) caused by various factors including food intolerances, malabsorption of carbohydrates, an imbalance in gut bacteria, abnormal intestinal motility, and psychological factors. Understanding personal triggers and working with your Rockford Gastroenterology Associates specialist can help identify specific causes and develop a program to manage your symptoms.

Here are some treatment options that can help alleviate gas and bloating associated with IBS:

  • Avoid gas-producing foods: Certain foods can contribute to gas and bloating, including beans, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, onions, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners. Limiting or avoiding these foods may help reduce symptoms.
  • Eat smaller meals: Consuming smaller, more frequent meals instead of large meals can help prevent overeating and reduce the likelihood of bloating.
  • Slowly increase fiber intake: Gradually increasing dietary fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can help regulate bowel movements and reduce bloating. However, some individuals with IBS may be sensitive to certain types of fiber, so it’s important to monitor and adjust accordingly.
  • Try a low-FODMAP diet: The low-FODMAP diet restricts certain fermentable carbohydrates that can trigger IBS symptoms, including gas and bloating. It’s recommended to work with a healthcare professional, or a registered dietitian experienced in the low-FODMAP diet to ensure proper implementation and guidance.

Avoid swallowing excess air: Eating slowly, avoiding chewing gum, and refraining from drinking through a straw can help minimize the amount of air swallowed, which can contribute to gas and bloating.

  • Simethicone: This medication helps break down gas bubbles in the digestive system, making it easier to pass gas and relieve bloating. It is available over the counter in various forms such as chewable tablets and liquid drops.
  • Digestive enzyme supplements: These supplements can assist in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, potentially reducing gas and bloating. However, their effectiveness for IBS symptoms varies among individuals.

Certain strains of beneficial bacteria may help improve gut health and reduce symptoms of gas and bloating. Look for probiotic supplements specifically formulated for IBS or consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable option.

Consider peppermint tea or peppermint oil capsules, chamomile tea or Lactase supplements for those with lactose intolerance.

Exercise can help release gas. Taking a walk after eating can help prevent gas.

Stress and anxiety can worsen IBS symptoms, including gas and bloating. Implementing stress reduction techniques such as exercise, deep breathing exercises, meditation, and mindfulness practices may help alleviate symptoms.

It’s important to note that what works for one person may not work for another. It’s recommended to consult your doctor at Rockford Gastroenterology Associates to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and symptoms. We can provide personalized guidance and support to help manage gas and bloating associated with IBS.

Note: the information in this section is provided as a supplement to information discussed with your healthcare provider. It is not intended to serve as a complete description of a particular topic or substitute for a clinic visit.

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