Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The following modifications to your lifestyle may help reduce or relieve excess gas and gas pain:

  • Try smaller meals. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones.
  • Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and don't gulp. If you have a hard time slowing down, put down your fork between each bite.
  • Avoid chewing gum, sucking on hard candies and drinking through a straw. These activities can cause you to swallow more air.
  • Don't eat when you're anxious, upset or on the run. Try to make meals relaxed occasions. Eating when you're stressed can interfere with digestion.
  • Check your dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when you eat and drink.
  • Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking can increase the amount of air you swallow.
  • Exercise. Physical activity may help move gas through the digestive tract.
Apr. 30, 2011