Trapped Wind - What is it?

What is
TRAPPED WIND?

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Trapped wind is a very common condition causing pain or discomfort around the digestive system, usually due to a build up of pressure in your stomach or abdomen.

You can suffer from trapped wind in different parts of your digestive system, causing a range of symptoms including a bloated stomach, bloated abdomen, burping and flatulence.

Because we’re all very polite, flatulence is not often talked about, but everyone passes wind, on average 5-15 times a day.


Passing wind is entirely natural, but can be an annoying and sometimes painful process, caused by bacteria in our gut. In a process of fermentation which releases gas and heat, colonic bacteria break down indigestible fibre and starches which haven’t been absorbed in the small intestine. This gas is usually made up of carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and methane. Certain foods can lead to the production of gases containing Sulphur, too. Most of this gas is absorbed into your blood stream, and the rest is released as flatulence.

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