Harvard Women's Health Watch

Ask the doctor: What should I do about bloating and gas?

Q. Every once in a while I get bloating and gas. It's uncomfortable and embarrassing. What can I do to get rid of it?

A. Gas and bloating are tough to talk about, but we've all have had to deal with these afflictions at one time or another. Although they're not pleasant, there are things you can do to prevent and treat them.

Most gas and bloating stem from your diet. When you eat, bacteria living in your gut feast on the carbohydrates your body can't digest. They release hydrogen, methane, and other gases, which swell up your belly. Eventually your body expels the gas in the form of flatulence.

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