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Secrets to Gas Control

Get Moving

Walking, bicycling, running, and other forms of exercise can help move gas through your digestive tract, easing bloating.

Talk to Your Doctor if You’re Worried

If lifestyle changes don’t help, and you’re bloated or gassy often, talk to your doctor.

"Bloating or abnormal amounts of intestinal gas can be a symptom of celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, bacterial overgrowth, or problems associated with the pancreas," Kosinski says. "Certain medications can also cause intestinal gas. So it’s definitely important to mention it to your doctor if you’re worried."

Your doctor may suggest tests to rule out underlying problems. If the culprit is simply the foods you love, your doctor can also prescribe medicine -- a gastrointestinal stimulant -- that moves gas through your intestines more quickly.

Reviewed on September 17, 2012
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