Nothing can compare to the anxiety of suddenly and publicly releasing the gas that has built up inside of you. We’ve all been there. Whether you do the all-too-familiar shuffle to keep it in or you find a way to leave the room to find relief, being gassy or feeling bloated are experiences that every human can share. So, why are we so gassy? Let’s talk about gas, bloating, and what you can do about it.
The Causes of Gas and Bloating
Gas and bloating are caused by a variety of different things. One of the most common causes is overindulging in food or drink. If you have a food intolerance, you may also get extra gassy. Eating high-fiber foods, like beans and green vegetables, can contribute to bloating because those foods do a number on the digestive system. The little bubbles in fizzy beverages can add air to your stomach and give you gas as well. Even something as simple as swallowing air when you eat too fast can make you feel gassy.
When Gas and Bloating Are Symptoms
Often, the gas and bloating you are experiencing are merely symptoms of a greater condition. You may actually be experiencing an upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea or nausea after eating. Or, you may have a more chronic condition, like an intestinal disease. It’s helpful to understand the underlying problem, so you know how best to treat it.
How to Find Gas and Bloating Relief
If you know what causes your gas, then take steps to avoid those triggers. Try eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding food allergens. For occasional gas caused by upset stomach, heartburn, nausea or indigestion due to overindulgence in food or drink, give Pepto Bismol a try. Pepto Bismol is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Upset Stomach Brand† and helps relieve your symptoms fast.*
If you find that you are gassy more times than not, you should probably see your doctor. He or she can help diagnose the problem and recommend a plan of action to treat it.
†Based on Pharmacy Times 2018 Survey (Upset Stomach Remedies Category)
*Use as directed for relief of upset stomach due to overindulgence in food and drink, including heartburn, nausea, gas, belching and fullness.