What is trapped wind and how do you tackle it?

What is trapped wind and how do you tackle it?

Trapped wind can be an all too common experience for many people, leaving them feeling bloated and incredibly uncomfortable.

However, while most of us will be aware of the symptoms of trapped wind, there are still plenty of us who are unsure what exactly it is and the best ways to treat it.

Rennie takes you through some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the issue of trapped wind…

What is trapped wind?

There’s no great mystery about what trapped wind is – the clue is very much in the name.

It’s a very common condition that’s caused to the build-up of pressure in your stomach or abdomen. While it is rarely a sign of a more serious problem, as anyone who’s ever had it can attest, it’s not something that can be easily ignored.

What are the causes of trapped wind?

There are several different causes of trapped wind. These can include wearing clothes that fit very tightly around your stomach, eating too quickly or even talking while eating and swallowing too much air.

Another common cause of trapped wind is a perfectly natural one. It comes from the gas produced by bacteria in your colon as you break down residue from your small intestine.

What are the symptoms of trapped wind?

There are four main symptoms associated with trapped wind – and none of them are particularly desirable! They are:

  • Bloated stomach
  • Feeling overly full after eating or drinking
  • Gurgling noises coming from your stomach or abdomen
  • Flatulence

How do you treat trapped wind?

Certain exercises or stretches are sometimes recommended, but another way to help get rid of trapped wind is to take Rennie Deflatine.

It’s specially designed to tackle the symptoms of trapped wind thanks to the unique combination of Simethicone, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate (the latter two are antacids found in all Rennie products to help neutralise excess stomach acid).

Simethicone is an active ingredient which breaks down the tiny bubbles of gas that cause the bloated feeling and gurgling noises of trapped wind. This helps to form fewer, larger bubbles, which are more easily expelled or absorbed in the intestine.

Each Rennie Deflatine* tablet contains 25mg of Simethicone, which helps break down the small bubbles of gas that can cause the bloated feeling and strange stomach noises associated with trapped wind.

Breaking these bubbles down means they are more easily expelled or absorbed into the intestine.

How do you avoid trapped wind?

Of course, preventing the symptoms is better than dealing with them after they’ve occurred. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting trapped wind in the first place:

  • Eat regular meals

This allows your digestive system to get into a routine, making digestion easier.

  • Avoid gassy foods

There are several foods that create more gas. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Baked beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Sprouts
  • Eggs
  • Eat slowly

As mentioned previously, guzzling down food can lead to you gulping in excess air with your food. Take your time when eating or drinking to avoid this common cause.