Trapped wind is rarely the sign of a more serious problem, it's all part of the digestive process. Still, you may find it uncomfortable. Learning what causes trapped wind may help combat this problem.

Why do I suffer from trapped wind?

One of the results of eating a very high-fibre diet may be that you suffer from excessive wind (flatulence). This is usually caused by the bacteria in your gut acting on any undigested carbohydrate and proteins. Mostly, this is not a serious problem—it is part of your digestive process, but if it becomes so uncomfortable that you feel bloated, there are various treatments.

If you have suddenly increased the amount of high-fibre foods in your diet, slow down a little, introduce these gradually and give your system time to adapt. Avoid eating too much food at a time and sip your drinks slowly—don't gulp them down all at once, as this makes you swallow extra air and may cause trapped wind.

Indigestion is largely a result of food not passing through your digestive tract as smoothly and comfortably as it should. It can cause nausea or heartburn as well as trapped wind and flatulence–and our pages on indigestion and indigestion remedies have more information on how to ease stomach pains.

Read more: How to cure trapped wind

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Severe trapped wind

If trapped wind or other signs of indigestion last for more than 2 weeks despite your best efforts, talk to your doctor.

Go to your doctor if you have pain in your abdomen accompanied by black or bloody stools or vomiting.

Black stools sometimes come from iron supplements or from eating certain foods, but they may also be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding.

 

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