When we swallow food, water or saliva, we also swallow small pockets of air which collect in the digestive system. Foods that are high in fibre (like beans, pulses and some fruits) and fats are hard to digest form gases during digestion and can be major causes of trapped wind.
Other causes of trapped wind can include a food intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Coeliac disease.
What does trapped wind feel like?
When the gases in our digestive system build up, they can cause us to feel bloated and very uncomfortable, and even cause cramps and referred pain. Some people even experience trapped wind in their chest, or even bloated stomach pain; these can all be signs that you have gases trapped in your body.
How to get rid of trapped wind naturally?
If you are feeling bloated, you can usually relieve trapped wind by making changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as eating smaller and more frequent meals and eating and drinking slowly. Taking a source of peppermint may also help, which has been proven to help support healthy digestion.
If changing your diet doesn’t alleviate gas and its accompanying ailments, there are plenty more ways to get rid of trapped wind naturally, like gentle exercise or massage.