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What other tips beyond dietary changes and medicine are useful in treating gassiness in people expressing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Swallowing air often causes gassiness. That can happen when you chew gum, eat or drink too fast, or drink through a straw. What you don’t get rid of by burping ends up in your intestines.

Anything that keeps your IBS under control may also help with gas. Eating smaller, regular meals may reduce bloating. So may regular exercise. Get enough sleep and take care of your mental health -- while stress and anxiety don’t cause IBS, managing them can make your symptoms better.

From: IBS and Gas WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Beyond the Basics.)"

Eswaran, S. April 2013. American Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Staudacher, H. October 2011. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics,

Monash University: "Low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Aragon, G. January 2010. Gastroenterology & Hepatology,

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Gas and bloating (Beyond the Basics.)"

Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, July 2009.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 6, 2017

SOURCES:

Hernando-Harder, A. April 2010. American Journal of Gastroenterology,

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Bloating," "Report from Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD: Understanding Intestinal Gas," "Controlling Intestinal Gas," "What are treatment options for IBS?" "Probiotics and Antibiotics," "Gut Bacteria and IBS," "Symptoms of IBS," "The Low FODMAP Diet Approach: Dietary Triggers for IBS Symptoms," "IBS Diet: Dietary Fiber."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Beyond the Basics.)"

Eswaran, S. April 2013. American Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Staudacher, H. October 2011. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics,

Monash University: "Low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Aragon, G. January 2010. Gastroenterology & Hepatology,

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Gas and bloating (Beyond the Basics.)"

Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, July 2009.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 6, 2017

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