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Supplements that may help flatulence or worsen it


Flatulence, commonly referred to as “passing gas” or “farting,” is a normal biological process the body uses to help get rid of small amounts of air that are swallowed or that build up during digestion. Conditions such as indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, and others can cause excessive flatulence. Certain diet and lifestyle changes, including eating smaller meals, drinking and eating more slowly, avoiding certain foods, and exercising regularly may help reduce excessive flatulence.

Some supplements can help reduce gas — by breaking down gas-producing carbohydrates. But there are also several supplements that can cause gas.

Which supplements may help reduce flatulence?

Some digestive enzymes, including alpha-galactosidase (Beano) can help break down indigestible nutrients such as plant fiber. This may reduce the amount of this food fermented by bacteria in the gut, which may reduce the creation of gas and corresponding abdominal discomfort. Other digestive enzymes known as lactase enzymes may help improve the digestion of lactose (milk sugar) and decrease gas, bloating and diarrhea in people who are lactose intolerant. (See our Top Picks among tested lactase supplements.)

Certain probiotics may, at best, modestly help flatulence, as was shown in children taking a particular probiotic daily for three months. In adults, a particular probiotic supplement was shown to reduce gas and abdominal pain while another product showed no benefit.

Activated charcoal has been taken orally for flatulence based on its purported ability to bind to gas in the intestines, but evidence of benefit is conflicting (Hall, Am J Gastroenterol 1981; Jain, Am J Gastroenterol 1986; Suarez, Am J Gastroenterol 1999). Sign in for details about why researchers think activated charcoal might not work.

Which supplements increase gas?

Psyllium can cause bloating and gas, especially when you first start taking it. This may be reduced by reducing the dose or dividing it over the course of the day.

Krill oil, and to a lesser extent fish oil, may cause flatulence when taken in doses of 2 grams daily.

Similarly, berberine may cause gas and other abdominal symptoms, but taking smaller, divided doses with food or immediately after eating may help reduce these symptoms.

Myo-inositol can cause flatulence when taken at higher doses (e.g., 18 grams daily), but this side effect may be reduced by starting at a lower dose and then increasing to a higher dose.

Medium chain triglyceride oil may cause flatulence when used in large doses (e.g., five tablespoons twice daily).

A combination of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol may cause flatulence in some people.

Protein powder and drinks, as well as nutrition bars, can also cause gas and bloating in some people. This is not due to the protein itself but typically due to lactose naturally in whey and casein proteins (unless they are protein isolates) or sweeteners that are not easily digested, such a sugar alcohols.

Which foods cause gas?

Foods that contain large amounts of indigestible carbohydrates can result in gas, as these carbohydrates are digested by bacteria in the colon. Such foods include beans, Brassica vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, or Brussels sprouts), lentils, onions, prunes, apples, and others. Foods that contain unrefined cereal fiber (such as bran), sugar alcohols (such as sorbitol, which is found in sugar-free gum and nutrition bars), and/or fructose may also cause gas (NHS Inform, Causes of Flatulence). As noted earlier, people with lactose intolerance can get gas from lactose, as naturally found in many dairy products. (See how much lactose is in various foods.)

The Bottom Line:

Flatulence is a normal biological process, but some people can experience excessive flatulence. Diet and lifestyle changes, including avoiding certain foods, eating more slowly and exercising can usually help. For some people, taking certain supplements, such as the digestive enzymes lactase and alpha-galactosidase, may also be beneficial.

8 Gas-Reducing Ideas To Stop Flatulence

It’s tough to be serious about flatulence, though we promise to try. It’s tough because even the scientists who study the subject poke fun at their own research, writing of failed exper­iments that ended “without even a whiff of success.” Yes, of course, the pun was intended, and, yes, it was in bad taste, but such is the nature of this science—even at the highest levels. Consider Michael D. Levitt, MD, one of the top researchers in the field. His peers know him as “the man who brought status to flatus and class to gas.” In his own words, Levitt describes his work as “an attempt to pump some data into the field filled largely with hot air.”

Hot air, perhaps, and a colorful history as well. Hippocrates investigated flatulence extensively, and ancient physicians who specialized in it became known as “pneumatists.” In early American history, such great men as Benjamin Franklin taxed their minds seeking a cure for “escaped wind.” Yes, it’s tough to be serious about flatulence, but here’s our attempt, with advice from experts on ways to reduce gas and stop flatulence. 

Lay Off The Lactose

“If you are lactose intolerant, you could have flatulence problems from eating dairy foods,” says Gale Maleskey, MS, RD. Lactose-intolerant people have a low intestinal level of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to digest lactose, the type of sugar found in many dairy foods. It’s easy enough to get around this by taking supplemental lactase, which can be found in products such as Lact-Aid. But you don’t necessarily need to be diagnosed as lactose intolerant to have unwanted repercussions. Some people can handle only certain amounts and different kinds of milk products with comfort.

If you or your doctor suspects that your favorite dairy product is causing your problem, try eating it in smaller servings or along with a meal for a day or two until you notice where gas begins to be a problem. (Here’s how to tell if you’re lactose intolerant without even knowing it.)

Avoid Gas-Promoting Foods

The primary cause of flatulence is the digestive system’s inability to absorb certain carbohydrates, says Samuel Klein, MD. Though you probably know that beans are surefire flatus producers, many people don’t realize that cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower, whole wheat flour, radishes, bananas, apricots, pretzels, and many more foods can also be highly flatugenic.

MORE: Is Your Healthy Diet Making You Miserably Gassy?

Fight Off Fiber-Induced Flatulence

“Although we often encourage fiber in the diet for digestive health, some high-fiber vegetables and fruits may increase gas,” says Richard McCallum, MD. If you’re adding fiber to your diet for health reasons, start with a small dose so that the bowel gets used to it. That lessens the increase of flatus, and doctors have found that most people’s flatus production returns to normal within a few weeks of adding fiber.

Use Charcoal To Help You Reach Your Goal

Some studies have found that activated charcoal tablets are effective in eliminating excessive gas. “Charcoal absorbs gases and may be useful for flatulence,” says Klein. “It’s probably the best available treatment—after appropriate dietary changes have been made and other gastroenterological diseases have been treated or ruled out.” Check with your doctor if you’re taking any medication, because charcoal can soak up medicine as well as gas.

Get Quick Relief From Popular Products

While many physicians recommend activated charcoal for relief of intestinal gas, pharmacists say that simethicone-containing products are still the most popular with consumers. Among the over-the-counter favorites: Gas-X, Extra Strength Maalox, and Maximum Strength Mylanta. Unlike activated charcoal’s absorbent action, simethicone’s defoaming action relieves flatulence by dispersing and preventing the formation of mucus-surrounded gas pockets in the stomach and intestines.

MORE: 7 Things Your Gas Is Trying To Tell You

Buy Beano

The plant enzyme–derived dietary supplement Beano is worth trying. Available over-the-counter in tablets or drops, take this plant enzyme is taken at the beginning of meals to help break down the gas-producing elements of foods such as beans, broccoli, and grains.

Flatulence Cures From The Kitchen

Sugar-coated fennel seeds are served after meals in India just as Americans would have an after-dinner mint. Look for them in gourmet shops and Asian food markets. Fennel is known as a carminative—an agent that can disperse gas from the intestinal tract, says nutritionist Maleskey. The plain seeds (found in the spice aisle at the grocery store) can also be brewed as tea. Just cover 1 tablespoon with 1 cup of boiling water, strain, and sip.

MORE: Beat Bloat With These 9 Smart Food Swaps

Bean Cuisine: Getting The Gas Out

If you love beans and legumes but hate living with the consequences, there is a solution. Clearly, beans and legumes cause flatulence, although the better they’re cooked, the less the problem. Indeed, beans seem to lose a lot of their gas-producing properties in water. Studies show that soaking beans for 12 hours or germinating them on damp paper towels for 24 hours can significantly reduce the amount of gas-producing compounds. In fact, soaking followed by 30 minutes of pressure cooking at 15 pounds per square inch reduced the compounds by up to 90%  in one study.

Panel Of Advisors

Samuel Klein, MD, is a William H. Danforth professor of medicine and nutritional science and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Michael D. Levitt, MD, is a gastroenterologist and associate chief of staff at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, is a clinical dietitian, nutrition educator, and speaker. She practices nutrition counseling in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where she sees clients for a wide variety of health problems.

Richard McCallum, MD, is a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Nerve and Muscle Function and the division of GI Motility at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. 

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Foods That Stop Flatulence

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Passing gas 13 to 21 times per day is normal, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. While flatulence can be bothersome, it’s also a natural part of health, usually caused by swallowing air and the breakdown of certain foods in your large intestine. While no foods stop gas production and all foods affect people differently, limiting certain items and eating more slowly can help minimize the effects. If gassiness causes you intense pain or discomfort, seek guidance from your doctor. In some cases, disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome may underlie symptoms.

Choose Lean Meats and Seafood

While carbs are essential for health, you may want to limit rich sources before important events if you’re prone to gassiness. Most carbohydrate-containing foods stimulate gas during digestion. Meats and seafood provide rich amounts of protein, but no carbohydrates, making them useful meal choices for preventing flatulence. Avoid high-fat meats, such as cheeseburgers and fried chicken, which can delay stomach emptying and cause gas in the stomach with discomfort and bloating. To keep your meat and seafood lean, bake, poach, steam or grill them using natural herbs and lemon juice instead of creamy sauces for flavor.

Non-Gaseous Rice

If you’re limiting starchy foods to reduce gas, you can still meet your whole grain and carbohydrate needs. Brown and wild rice are foods that reduce gas and provide nutritious options. In fact, rice is the one starchy food that does not stimulate gas, says the NDDIC. White rice, although less nutrient-dense, also provides a useful nongassy alternative to starchy foods such as bread, cereal and pasta. To make rice into a balanced meal, serve it with a lean, protein-rich food, such as grilled fish, and nongaseous veggies, such as bell peppers.

Read More: List of Foods That Don’t Cause Gas

Swap Fruits and Vegetable Sources

Some people have gas flare-ups while digesting fruits and vegetables, due to the breakdown of naturally occurring sugars that causes excessive gas, says University of Michigan. Peaches, pears, apples, mushrooms and cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage, are particularly common culprits. If these foods seem to add undesirable oomph to your flatulence, swap them out for less gaseous alternatives, such as cantaloupe, berries, grapes, lettuce, zucchini, okra, peppers, tomatoes and olives. Replacing gas-promoting juices, such as apple and pear, with water or unsweetened herbal tea can also help.

Read More: How to Deal With Gas on a New Vegetarian Diet

Additional Suggestions

  • If you currently eat little fiber, suddenly increasing your intake can cause gassiness and other symptoms, such as bloating and discomfort.
  • Aim for 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day to reap the benefits of a fiber-rich diet, such as improved appetite and blood sugar control, gradually increasing your intake of fiber sources to avoid gassy upset.
  • To reduce the gaseousness of beans, soak them in water before cooking or adding other ingredients; the longer they soak, the less gas-promoting they will be.
  • Other common gas stimulators include dairy products, processed foods that contain some amount of lactose —natural sugar in cow’s milk, carbonated beverages, and sugar-free candies containing sugar alcohols such as mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol.
  • To determine which foods cause you the most gassiness, track your food intake and symptoms in a journal.

Read More: What Foods Naturally Eliminate Gas in Diet?

Passing wind | Coping physically

On average people pass wind about 15 to 25 times a day. But sometimes illness, what you eat, and stress can increase the amount of wind you pass.

What is passing wind?

Passing wind (intestinal gas) is called flatus or flatulence and is normal for everyone. It is not usually a serious problem or a sign that your cancer is getting worse. But it can be embarrassing, worrying and uncomfortable.

Causes of wind

Sometimes cancer or its treatment causes too much gas in the digestive system, making you pass wind more often than usual. Several things can make wind worse. These include:

  • eating certain high fibre foods
  • swallowing too much air
  • drinking gassy drinks, including beer
  • smoking
  • lactose intolerance
  • not being able to absorb fat from the intestine

Tips to reduce wind

It isn’t possible to stop flatulence altogether but some things can help to control it. 

Try some of the following:

  • avoiding foods that make it worse, such as cabbage, corn, brussel sprouts, onions, beans and cauliflower
  • eating slowly and chewing your food for longer – to reduce the amount of air you swallow and help to break food down
  • activated charcoal tablets or powders – these can also absorb smell
  • eating ginger – this is said to help digestion
  • drinking peppermint tea

You might also find it better to eat 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 large ones. Smaller meals are easier to digest and may produce less wind.

Some medicines can help to reduce wind. Speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about which one may be best for you.

Some processed foods contain ingredients that can cause wind: for example, sweeteners or preservatives.

You can help to reduce wind by cutting out:

  • any foods that contain artificial sweeteners
  • sugar free sweets and chewing gum
  • fizzy drinks

What to do if you still have wind

Talk to your specialist nurse or doctor if the wind continues. They may be able to prescribe medicines to help. They can also refer you to a dietitian who will be able to recommend other changes you can make to your diet.

Why do we pass gas? 12 ways to reduce and neutralize flatulence

Passing excessive gas can sometimes be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Health expert, Bryce Wylde shares 12 ways to reduce excess flatulence through your diet and lifestyle.

  1. Drink some peppermint tea

    Peppermint is great for soothing churning stomachs and easing gas pains. It’s essential oil contains menthol, which has an antispasmodic effect of the smooth muscle of the digestive track. It also soothes nerves, and therefore can soothe stomachs that really feel the effect of nervousness and stress. Drink a cup after dinner to help keep things moving slowly.

    •     1 bag of herbal peppermint tea
    •     1 cup or so of freshly boiled water

  2. Let ‘em loose

    If you have gas, try not to hold it in. This isn’t always possible of course, but if you could nab a moment to yourself or run to the bathroom you’ll do yourself a favor. The air has to come out some way, and it’s only going to build up and get worse if you hold it in.

  1. Ginger is a tummy tamer

    Whether you’re nauseas, struggling with the stomach flu, or suffering from indigestion, chances are you’ve been given ginger in some form to help calm your upset tummy. It is capable of performing its wonders because of several different chemical components it possesses. Two chemicals-gingerols and shgaols- relax the intestinal track and ease any inflammation, while the root in its entirety act as a carminative-that is it prevents the formation of excess gas, or helps expel it.

    •     1 fresh gingerroot
    •     A grater (optional)
    •     1 cup of boiling water, if making tea
    •     Lemon and honey (optional)
    Drink a cup before or after a meal to help with digestion.

Another way to reap the benefits of ginger is to eat a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger before meals, or nibble a root throughout the day.

  1. Crunch on caraway

    For centuries caraway has been used to give trapped gas in the digestive track a little shove out the back door. In England from the Middle Ages onward, it has been reported to help gas “caused by wind trapped in the body.” Of course air is only part of it but, if you find yourself puffing up from too much trapped gas, munching on a small handful of caraway seeds straight, or caraway crackers if the taste is too strong, might help.

    •     A pinch of caraway seeds OR several caraway crackers

  1. Drink chamomile tea

    Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and just plain relaxing, chamomile can help with gas due to indigestion as well as heartburn, whereas peppermint is better for gas caused solely by indigestion.

    •     1 bag of chamomile tea
    •     1 cup or so of freshly boiled water
    •     Honey or lemon juice (optional)

  1. Eat pumpkin

    Gas is usually caused by improper food digestion, which is why high fiber foods (like beans) often times create some issues with flatulence. Fiber is hard for us to digest, so it passes through our gut in bulk. When food does not break down in the small intestine, it goes into the large intestine where natural bacteria feasts on it. As a by-product of their munching they produce a variety of gases, which produces a whole range of problems for us. Pumpkin is helpful because it can reduce the amount of gas created. Eat along with any meal to nip your problem in the bud.

    •     Around a cup of pumpkin, baked, steamed, or broiled

  1. Chew food thoroughly

    Gas is created, in most cases, by food that we’re having a hard time breaking down. If you chew your food thoroughly you’ll digest it faster, and it will pass through your body with ease. That means it’s not sitting your intestines causing more and more gas that builds up and needs to be expelled.

  1. Drink warm lemon water

    Lemon is good for you in a number of ways, including lending a hand when it comes to easing your gas pain. The acidity in lemon stimulates the production of HCL (hydrochloric acid) which is what breaks down our food. More HCL = food breaking down more efficiently = less bloating and gas. The water flushes your system and keeps your digesting tract moving along smoothly. This mixture also works as a mighty fine way to detoxify your entire body, because the lemon helps the livers enzymes work more efficiently.

    •     3 fresh lemon wedges OR 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
    •     A cup of water

  1. Whip your diet into shape

    Many of the foods we eat today, particularly in western culture, just spell trouble. Caffeine laden beverages, sugary sweets, fatty fried foods, and a number of other unsavory edibles. While it is without a doubt best to avoid these unhealthy triggers, healthy foods like beans and broccoli can cause gas too, thanks to their high fiber content. You can try to limit yourself when it comes to healthy culprit foods, but really focus on the unhealthy ones. You’ll feel better overall, and if you’re gassy, at least you know its natural gas…

  1. Whip yourself into shape

    Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand, and combined make one of the most powerful remedies for a vast amount of ailments. A little daily dedication is going to take you a long way when it comes to feeling good. If you exercise and move you are keeping your digestive tracts motility trucking along and expelling gas at a rate that won’t blow you away. Most people experience flatulence on average 14 times a day no matter what, and exercise helps maintain that regularity.

  1. Eat some anise seed

    Anise has anti-spasmodic properties and helps to relax your digestive track, which has a tendency to react to stress in unpleasant ways. The relaxation also helps with cramping. It is also a carminative, which is just a fancy way to say that it is known to expel pent up gas and relieve the bloating that goes with it.

Gas is a natural part of life. If you’re passing gas that means everything down there is working as it should. Think about how you feel when you’re bloated, and then imagine what it would be like if you never ever tooted. That being said, too much of anything is never a good thing.

Bloating & Wind | Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Unfortunately, there is no simple solution – what works for one person may not work for another. However, some people have found the following ideas helpful:

Think about the way you eat

  • Create a relaxed environment when eating, as nervous tension at mealtimes can affect digestion.
  • Eat small, regular meals (perhaps five to six a day), as an empty bowel produces more wind and rumbles.
  • Some people find that eating a large meal late at night makes them feel uncomfortable. If you find this is the case for you, try to leave a longer period of time between eating and going to bed.
  • Eat slowly with your mouth closed to avoid gulping down air with your food, and make sure you chew each mouthful thoroughly.

Work out which foods could be affecting you
You may know that you have an intolerance or are sensitive to certain foods or ingredients. (See What to do if you think you might have a food intolerance below.) If you’re having a problem identifying if any particular foods are causing bloating and wind, it can be helpful to keep a food diary for a week or two. Note down everything that you eat and drink and if it resulted in any symptoms.

Some foods, such as baked beans, onions, cauliflower, other pulses, and whole grains are well known to be ‘gassy’. Although what produces a lot of wind for one person may not for another.

Some people find that the following foods affect them:

  • High fat foods and eggs – these can produce bad smelling gas.
  • Refined and sugary foods, especially those which contain sorbitol – an artificial sweetener.
  • Hot spicy food, particularly if you are not used to it.
  • Food with a high content of bran fibre (for example, brown bread and some cereals).
  • Raw vegetables, particularly if you have Crohn’s Disease and strictures (narrowing of the bowel). Cooking vegetables thoroughly helps to break down the fibres, which may aid digestion, and may improve bloating and wind symptoms.
  • Some carbohydrate foods which are cooked and then cooled become ‘resistant starch’ which may cause bloating and wind, when eaten. Such foods include potato or pasta, and cooked potato products that are eaten after reheating, such as potato waffles and oven chips.

What to do if you think you might have a food intolerance
It may be worth experimenting by cutting out certain foods, like those mentioned above, for a short period (four to six weeks) to see this if this helps. However, bear in mind that cutting out a number of foods can mean missing out on valuable nutrients. It’s important, if you can, to maintain a good balanced diet. Talk to your IBD team to see if they can refer you to a dietitian, particularly if you want to try a longer-term or more extensive exclusion diet.

Consulting your doctor is also a good idea if you think you may be lactose intolerant. There are several types and levels of intolerance, so getting the correct diagnosis will help identify the solution that’s right for you.

Some people with IBS have found that eating a low FODMAP diet helps reduce bloating and wind. FODMAP is an abbreviation for a group of food molecules known as fermentable carbohydrates which are found in foods such as fruit, wheat and dairy products. These molecules are difficult to digest properly, so the undigested molecules pass into the colon where they act as a food source for bacteria. As the bacteria digest the FODMAPs, they can cause symptoms such as bloating and wind. Cutting down food containing FODMAPs is thought to relieve these symptoms. Also, if you have IBS or IBS-like symptoms when your Crohn’s or Colitis isn’t active, a low FODMAP diet might be beneficial. It’s quite a restrictive and difficult diet to follow, so if you want to try it, you should get the help of a dietitian to ensure you do not miss out on important nutrients.

See our booklet Food to find out more about how food affects Crohn’s and Colitis, and suggestions for healthy eating with these conditions.


  • Drink plenty of fluids. The British Dietetic Assocation recommend 1.6 litres per day for a woman, and 2 litres per day for a man, dependent on age, climate, physical activity and individual condition. This is around six to eight glasses a day. It is worth checking with your IBD team how much water they suggest you should drink.
  • Avoid caffeine in coffee, tea and cola. You could try decaffeinated tea, peppermint tea, green tea, or herbal and fruit teas instead.
  • Avoid fizzy carbonated drinks because these contain gas.
  • Some people with Crohn’s or Colitis say that drinking a large amount of liquid at once causes a build-up of gas for them, particularly if drunk during mealtimes. You might want to think about the way you drink if you find you are feeling gassy soon after mealtimes. It might help to take sips rather than large gulps of liquid.
  • Alcoholic drinks can also increase the amount of gas produced.

Other tips

  • Try to limit stress, which can make you gulp air. For example, when you are tense, practise slow breathing.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods. If sitting at work, take regular breaks (at least every hour) to stretch the legs and tummy.
  • Try to take regular exercise to help improve intestinal transit. Take a short walk after eating in order to move digested food and gas around.
  • Gently, but firmly, massage the abdomen from right to left to release trapped wind.
  • Practise anal sphincter exercises to help with uncontrollable passing of wind. There is more information about these exercises in our Managing Bowel Incontinence in IBD information sheet which you can find on our website.
  • Wear clothes that are not too tight around your waist, as these can increase the pressure on your abdomen and make it harder for wind to pass along normally.

I find high fat and high sugar foods make tummy gurgles and wind worse for me so I try to avoid them.

Marie-Gaëlle, 36
Living with Ulcerative Colitis

Gas (Flatulence)

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Gas is a normal function of the body. Gas is usually accompanied by mild to moderate bloating and abdominal pain, such as aching or cramping.

Gas has many different causes:

  • Gas happens when the body digests food. As the food arrives in the large intestine, bacteria break it down. In the breaking-down process, many types of gas are released, including oxygen, nitrogen, methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide. The gas can cause bubbles in the stomach that are released through the mouth (belching) or through the rectum (flatulence).

  • Gas can happen each time you eat or drink and naturally swallow air. The air moves into the digestive tract and is eventually released in the form of belching or flatulence.

  • Certain foods can cause gas. Carbohydrates, such as pasta and bread, are the most gas-producing foods. High-fiber foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can cause gas. Carbonated liquids such as soda pop and beer can cause gas.

  • Gas can happen if you’re having other digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea.

  • Chemotherapy medications you may be taking to treat breast cancer can cause gas by speeding up or slowing down your digestion. This can increase the amount of gas released in the stomach, which can increase belching or flatulence. Chemotherapy also can affect how the bacteria in your stomach work, causing gas and abdominal pain.

  • Other medications you may be taking, such as antibiotics, laxatives, or medicines for diarrhea or pain can cause gas. Pain medications that can cause gas include NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as naproxen (a brand name is Naprosyn) and ibuprofen (a brand name is Advil).

Managing gas/flatulence

Reducing your air intake while eating and drinking can help reduce gas:

  • Don’t use a straw when drinking.

  • Don’t chew with your mouth open.

  • Don’t talk while eating.

  • Don’t chew gum.

  • Avoid carbonated beverages.

  • Eat slowly.

  • Chew your food thoroughly.

Try these other tips to manage or lessen the occurrence of gas:

  • Eat gas-forming, high-fiber foods in moderation. These foods include vegetables, beans, and grains.

  • Eat small amounts of food that are easier for your body to digest.

  • Relax while you eat to aid in digestion.

  • Take a walk after eating. Stroll around the block to help your body digest food.

  • Sip some herbal tea after a meal. Peppermint or chamomile tea can help your body digest food.

  • Reduce your alcohol intake and don’t smoke. Both alcohol and cigarettes can irritate your stomach.

  • Try over-the-counter remedies for gas, but be sure to talk to your doctor before you take anything.

  • Take slow, deep breaths and relax to help with the cramping.

  • Learn how to manage contributing digestive issues, such as constipation and diarrhea.

  • See tips on managing abdominal pain.

Be sure to see your doctor if you continue to have gas or if any abdominal pain you have gets worse. These can be signs of other, more serious, medical conditions.

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The study is carried out with an average filling of the bladder. Before the examination, it is necessary not to urinate for 2-3 hours and drink 0.5 liters of non-carbonated liquid 1 hour before the procedure. On the eve of the study, we recommend to cleanse the intestines – laxatives with a mandatory cleansing enema at the end of the day. We recommend taking an antispasmodic (No-shpa, Drotaverin) 30-40 minutes before the study.It is important for women to indicate the day of the menstrual cycle.

Preparation for MRI of abdominal organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen).

An abdominal MRI is done on an empty stomach. If the research cannot be done in the morning, a light breakfast is allowed. 2-3 days before the examination, it is necessary to switch to a slag-free diet: exclude from the diet foods that increase gas formation in the intestine (raw vegetables rich in vegetable fiber, whole milk, black bread, legumes, carbonated drinks, as well as high-calorie confectionery products – pastries, cakes ).To reduce flatulence during this period of time, it is advisable to take enzyme preparations (“Festal” or “Mezim-forte”) and enterosorbents (activated carbon at the rate of 1 tab. Per 10 kg of weight or “Espumisan” 1 tab. 3 times a day) … We recommend taking an antispasmodic (No-shpa, Drotaverin) 30-40 minutes before the study. All medications should be taken unless contraindicated.

Examination of other organs for MRI.

No special training required.

Preparation for computed tomography (CT) examination of the abdominal and pelvic organs.

Similar to the above preparation for MRI. If it is necessary to examine the large intestine, additional cleaning is required either by means of an enema or the use of special preparations such as “Fortrans” (analogs) according to the attached instructions.

Examination of other organs for CT.

No special training required.

Ultrasound examinations.

Ultrasound of the pelvic organs in men and women.

To undergo an ultrasound examination of the pelvic organs, you must first prepare. For ultrasound – examination of the small pelvis, it is necessary that the bladder is full. If you have concomitant chronic bowel disease characterized by bloating, you should try to get rid of gas. For this purpose, it is recommended to take several tablets of activated charcoal for three days. Three days before the study, you also need to give up gas-forming products such as vegetables, raw fruits, black bread, etc.e. Preparing for an ultrasound of the pelvic organs, you can use a cleansing enema in a couple of days. On the day of the ultrasound of the pelvic organs, you can eat and drink, since the study is not carried out on an empty stomach. In order for the bladder to be full, it is necessary to slowly drink one and a half liters of liquid: water, tea or fruit drink – it does not matter. If it is no longer possible to endure, you can partially empty the bladder, but then you will have to drink more, so that the bladder is in a sufficiently full state by the time of the procedure.

Ultrasound of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tract and pancreas, lymph nodes of the abdominal cavity and retroperitoneal space, vessels of the hepatobiliary system, vessels of the kidneys, abdominal aorta and its visceral branches.

It is carried out on an empty stomach, no earlier than 8-12 hours after the last meal. In obese people with significant bloating, it is necessary to carry out appropriate training in compliance with a three-day diet with the exclusion of foods that increase gas formation in the intestine (vegetables, raw fruits, black bread), as well as taking espumisan tablets, 2 tablets 3 times a day for 3 days.

Ultrasound of the kidneys, adrenal glands, thyroid, mammary glands, peripheral lymph nodes, soft tissues.

No special training is required.

Endoscopic examinations.

Fibroesophagogastroduodenoscopy (FEGDS).

The study is carried out strictly on an empty stomach. When performing a study in the morning, it is recommended to have dinner on the eve of the study no later than 19:00. When performing a study in the daytime, it is recommended that the last meal is taken 5 hours before the study.No drinking or smoking is allowed.

Fibrocolonoscopy (FCC).

On the eve of the study (the day before the appointed date) you need to follow a special “cleansing” slag-free diet: Do not eat meat products, poultry, fish, cereals and cereals, bread and pasta, vegetables and fruits in any form, nuts and etc. It is allowed to consume only clear liquids during the day – mineral water, tea without sugar, clear clarified juices without pulp, transparent broth.

Preparation for colonoscopy with Fortrans.

Complete bowel cleansing is achieved without cleansing enemas. For preparation, you usually need 4 sachets of the drug “Fortrans”. Each sachet must be dissolved in 1 liter of water. 4 liters of Fortrans solution are taken in the afternoon on the eve of the colonoscopy from about 17:00, the last meal should be completed 3 hours before the start of the drug intake. Take each liter of solution for an hour – one and a half, a glass for 15 – 25 minutes in separate sips.After 45-60 minutes you will have loose stools. Emptying of the intestine is completed by the release of a clear or slightly colored liquid 2-3 hours after taking the last dose of Fortrans.

Preparation for colonoscopy with duphalac (200ml).

At 15 o’clock, on the eve of the study day, dilute 100 ml of the drug in 1.5 liters of water and drink it within 3-4 hours. You should have mild, painless diarrhea. Repeat everything at 19 o’clock. The flushing fluid leaving you should gradually become cleaner and free from additional impurities.

Functional diagnostics.


The study is carried out in the morning on an empty stomach. The patient should not smoke before the study, use bronchodilators. The patient must know his own weight and height.

Exercise electrocardiogram.

The test is performed 1-1.5 hours after eating. There should be comfortable clothes and shoes. The test should be performed against the background of the abolition of nitrates, beta-blockers, calcium antagonists (the duration of cancellation is not less than three half-periods of each drug).

Laboratory research.

General urine analysis.

Before collection, hygiene of the external genital organs should be carried out. Only the morning midstream urine is collected immediately after sleep. The laboratory is given 100 ml in a clean container.

Urine analysis according to Nechiporenko.

A toilet of the external genital organs is carried out, as before a general urine analysis, after which the average portion of morning urine is collected in a clean 100 ml container.

Zimnitsky test.

Collect 8 portions of urine per day. At 06:00 in the morning, the bladder is emptied (this portion is poured into the toilet). Starting at 09:00 in the morning, exactly every 3 hours, 8 portions of urine are collected in clean, separate containers – until 06:00 in the morning of the next day. In this case, urination is carried out in a measuring container, then, after re-weighing, about 100 ml is taken into a container for delivery to the laboratory. On each jar, the time and volume of the urine portion are noted. The test is carried out with the usual drinking regime and diet. Forced drinking should be avoided.

Urine analysis for bacteriological research.

In the morning, thoroughly hygiene the external genital organs and allocate the first stream of urine at the count: “1, 2” into the toilet, and then collect the middle portion of urine in a sterile container. Taking care not to touch the inside of the stopper and tube, place the lid on a clean cloth with the inside facing up. Finish urinating down the toilet. The collected urine is sent to the laboratory, delivery time is within 2 hours.

Study of feces for helminths and protozoa.

3 days before the study, it is necessary to exclude the use of antiparasitic drugs, the use of oil enemas, rectal suppositories, X-ray studies using barium.

Blood test.

On the eve of the study, it is necessary to exclude physical and mental stress, avoid any stressful situations, exclude alcohol, smoking and medications. Physiotherapy procedures, as well as X-ray, ultrasound examinations are carried out after taking blood for analysis, i.e.j. exposure to low-frequency or high-frequency radiation can change the hematological parameters of the blood.

Biochemical blood test.

Blood for the study is taken after 12 hours of fasting and abstinence from alcohol and smoking, in the morning hours (between 7 and 9 hours), with minimal physical activity immediately before taking (20-30 minutes), in a lying or sitting position.

Duplex scanning of the abdominal aorta | Health resort

Aorta is the largest vessel (artery) in our body.Through the aorta, blood flows from the heart to all organs and tissues. Leaving the heart, the aorta passes through the chest, where it is called the thoracic region. In the abdominal cavity, the aorta is called the abdominal aorta. Through this section of the aorta, blood flows to the lower part of the body, the organs of the abdominal cavity. In the lower abdomen, the aorta divides into two branches – the iliac arteries, which are involved in the blood supply to the lower extremities.
Aneurysm (from Lat. Aneuryno – expanding) – expansion of the vessel or bulging of its wall outward, resulting from a variety of lesions that reduce the strength and elasticity of the vascular wall.The pressure of blood flowing through the abdominal aorta causes it to bulge out like a balloon. Aortic aneurysms pose a great health risk as they can rupture. A ruptured aneurysm can cause internal bleeding, which can lead to death. Also, with this disease, blood clots can form that can break off and enter smaller vessels with the blood flow and lead to thrombosis (blockage) of the artery. Often, an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta is asymptomatic.
The most common signs of aneurysm are:
• abdominal pain – the most persistent symptom, is usually localized in the umbilical region or in the left abdomen, can be persistent, aching or paroxysmal, sometimes radiating to the lumbar or groin region.
• a feeling of increased pulsation in the abdomen, a feeling of heaviness and distention above the navel, bloating.
• in rare cases, leg pain, paleness of the lower limb
• if an aneurysm ruptures, you may suddenly feel intense weakness, dizziness, or pain, and loss of consciousness. This is a life-threatening situation and you should be hospitalized immediately.
The reasons for the development of aneurysms are very diverse. The main cause of their development is atherosclerosis and risk factors such as arterial hypertension.
In addition, risk factors are:
• Male sex over 60 years old.
• Presence of a direct relative who had ABA.
• Have high blood pressure.
• Smoking.
• High cholesterol levels.
• Diabetes mellitus.
The risk of developing an aneurysm increases with age.
Duplex scanning of the abdominal aorta and its branches combines Doppler and traditional ultrasound scanning, which allows real-time assessment of the echo structure of the vessel walls and the study of intraluminal blood flow.Duplex scanning detects aneurysmal enlargements and dissections of the thoracic or abdominal aorta; anomalies, thrombosis, compression, atherosclerotic and other lesions of the branches of the aorta; determine the localization of pathology, the length and degree of blood flow disturbance. Duplex scanning of the abdominal aorta and its branches requires preparation aimed at reducing flatulence in the intestine: exclude dairy products, black bread, raw vegetables and fruits from the diet 2-3 days before diagnosis. On these days, you can take tablets that reduce gas formation (for example, Espumisan, 2-3 capsules 4 times a day, activated carbon, 2 tablets or other sorbents).Before the procedure, do not take laxatives, do not put enemas and do not eat for at least 8 hours (it is better to conduct the study in the morning after fasting during a night’s sleep).

Timely detection of abdominal aortic pathology allows timely and correct treatment and prevention of serious complications.


Preparation for examinations MRI


No preparation required.


Recommended: for two to three days, a diet with the exclusion of gas-forming products / dairy products, fresh vegetables and fruits, carbonated drinks, alcohol, pastries /. Allowed: soups, cereals, tea, coffee, thermally processed vegetables. To reduce flatulence during this period of time, it is advisable to take enzyme preparations (“Festal” or “Mezim-forte”), and enterosorbents (activated carbon at the rate of 1 tab.For 10 kg of weight or “Espumisan” 1 tab 3 times a day).

On the eve of the study, do not eat from 20:00, do a cleansing enema. You can drink water, tea.

In the morning before the examination, for two to three hours, drink a glass of warm water, cleanse the rectum / glycerin candle, micro enema microlax /.

40-60 minutes before the study 2 tablets No-shpa 40 mg.


For women, we conduct research on the menstrual cycle from 7 to 12 days.

Recommended: for two to three days, a diet with the exclusion of gas-forming products / dairy products, fresh vegetables and fruits, carbonated drinks, alcohol, pastries /. Allowed: soups, cereals, tea, coffee, thermally processed vegetables. To reduce flatulence during this period of time, it is advisable to take enzyme preparations (“Festal” or “Mezim-forte”), and enterosorbents (activated carbon at the rate of 1 tab. Per 10 kg of weight or “Espumisan” 1 tab 3 times a day) …

On the eve of the study, do not eat from 20:00, do a cleansing enema. You can drink water, tea.

40-60 minutes before the study 2 tablets No-shpa 40 mg.


Drink water to fill the bladder (optimal filling is “half”). An overflowing bladder due to contractions will significantly reduce imaging quality.


Conduct a study on days 6-14 of the menstrual cycle.Stop taking hormone replacement therapy 6-8 weeks before the MRI. Conducting a study 6 months after surgery and radiation therapy.

Failure to comply with these conditions greatly increases the risk of false positive and false negative results.


Intestinal hydro-MRI preparation

1. On the day before the study, at 4 pm, Fortrans starts / you need to dilute 1 package of Fortrans in 1 liter of water and drink the ready-made solution until 9 pm.The solution from each package is drunk within 1-1.5 hours. Dose calculation in the table:

Patient weight,
Number of Fortrans,
Amount of ready-made solution,
55-69 3 3
70-90 4 4
91-110 5 5

2.The study is carried out on an empty stomach. The night before, after the start of cleaning with Fortrans, a light dinner is allowed.

3. Invite for the study 60-70 minutes before the start of the study to start taking “Mannit”


If you are pregnant, be sure to inform your doctor before the test. Pregnancy is not a contraindication to MRI, but it is not entirely clear what effect the magnetic field has on the fetus in the 1st trimester.MRI is not recommended in the first 3 months of pregnancy – it is better to postpone the examination or choose an alternative method. In the 3rd trimester, it is possible to undergo an MRI examination of the fetus, which is a more accurate alternative to an ultrasound examination, and also allows you to measure the size of the pelvis (pelviometry) and decide on the possibility of spontaneous childbirth.

Memo for preparing children (up to 7 years old) for MRI.

1. Registration of young children is usually done in the evening.
2. To conduct a study of young children without anesthesia, parents must change the child’s daily routine so that by the time of the study the child is very tired. For this:

  • Do not let the child sleep, the duration of 1 or 2 days of sleep, depending on the age of the child and his activity. Children who do not sleep during the day get up much earlier in the morning.
  • Skip one meal and do not water. Feed, drink only 15, 20 minutes before the study.
  • Dress the child so that there are no metal objects in the clothes in the upper half of the body and on the head. For research, you need to take 1-2 caps for noise isolation with you.

3. It is advisable to take an active walk for 2 hours before the study.

We wish you and your children health!


What is flatulence ? Doctors define this as a condition of excess intestinal
gas, causing cramping and bloating.This state can change in
throughout the day and is very sensitive to the quality and quantity of consumed

occurs very often, together with diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain, it affects
more than ten percent of Ukrainians.

know that our intestines, under normal conditions, contain from 100 to 150
ml of air. The most common gases are nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen,
carbon monoxide and methane.The intestinal wall has the ability to absorb
air, which then dissolves in the blood and is eliminated by breathing.

Causes of flatulence

When we feel bloating associated with
discomfort and sometimes pain, this can be a commonplace result of a bad
digestion. In other cases, diseases become the root of the problem.
gastrointestinal tract. So with pathologies of the liver and intestines, it is disturbed
normal absorption of gases and their transfer into the bloodstream.

In fact, there are many conditions
leading to flatulence. One of them –
aerophagia, or excessive absorption of air while eating. At the heart of
this condition is almost always based on bad habits (hasty meals, talking
while eating, chewing gum, etc.).

flatulence can also be the body’s production of gas caused by intestinal
fermentation of sugars and cellulose, due to the specific composition of food (beans,
lentils, chickpeas).

that inhabit the large intestine may undergo increased growth and
fill the small intestine, where they accelerate putrefactive and enzymatic
processes. The results of such processes are abdominal distention and
the appearance of intestinal disorders (constipation, diarrhea). That is why the composition of the intestinal
flora is very important, and in case of flatulence it is necessary to balance it with
using dietary and therapeutic strategies.

Flatulence and diet

reduce the specific symptoms of flatulence, correct gastronomic
habits are paramount.A very good practice is
the implementation of a number of dietary strategies that, in general, can significantly
affect the reduction of abdominal tension. Therefore, to deal with
flatulence must be eliminated or significantly reduced in the diet of foods,
irritating to the intestinal mucosa (tea, coffee, alcohol), excessive
processed foods that contain high levels of food additives, including:
decaffeinated coffee, carbonated and sweetened beverages, roasted and industrial
confectionery, canned food.

pay special attention to milk consumption. You shouldn’t expose it
boiling, since lactose, which is generally well tolerated, when
undergoes structural modification when exposed to high temperatures,
turning into lactulose. And lactulose is a component with high osmotic

maintain an effective gut bacterial flora. In this regard, we note
that the composition of the bacterial flora is quite subjective and genetically determined.Among
its components contain prebiotic molecules and specific antibodies,
which “interfere” with the activity of microorganisms.