How can I relieve bloating?
- Try a low FODMAP diet.
- Relaxation, hypnotherapy, meditation can help to decrease the sensitivity and spasm in the bowel.
- Antispasmodic drugs reduce the spasms that cause gas to become trapped in the bowel. Peppermint oil (Colpermin, Mintec) also disguise the smell of gas.
- Bulk laxatives can help some people by encouraging expulsionof faeces and gas.
- Some Probiotics and Prebiotics.
Simethicone, (Gas-X ,Ovol, Phazyme, Windcheaters). is an inert polymer that is said to work by reducing the surface tension of small air bubbles, thereby allowing them to coalesce into larger bubbles that are more easily eliminated.
Antrantil, a cocktail of herbal remedies
- Activated Charcoal is said to trap chemicals that are responsible for bloating. Common side effects include black coloured stools and constipation. Activated Charcoal has had mixed reviews for IBS