Patient Asked: Every time I fly, I get very gassy. I’ve tried avoiding fiber and gassy foods, but it does not work. Our vacation is coming up. Is there anything I can do?
My Opinion: This is actually a very common problem and here is why: The gases in the digestive system expand when the aircraft descends, meaning that even the slightest bit of turbulence can lead to bloat and gas. Many people describe holding in bowel movements to avoid using the plane’s cramped restroom, but that can make things even worse.
My advice is: Always use the facilities when you need to (especially on long flights), and avoid carbonated beverages, beans, legumes, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage on the day of your trip. Also smart: When the “fasten seat belt” sign dims, get up every half hour and walk up and down the aisle for 5 minutes. This movement will uncrunch your abdomen, relieving additional pressure on your intestines.
If all else fails, keep the following natural remedies in your bag: you can try Gasalia by Boiron – a homeopathic remedy, which you can use as directed on the box or if you prefer herbal remedies – try Gas and Bloating Herbal capsules by Gaia available here: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/skogan .
This fennel seed and chamomile based supplement helps promote the absorption and elimination of gas, while a unique blend of synergistic herbs and essential oils improves digestive function and provides natural relief to the intestine.
Here is to your Health!