When your gastrointestinal tract slows down, air tends to get caught in the digestive tract, leading to unpleasant flatulence, bloating and burping. Follow these tips to keep from, er, blowing up.
Eat smart. Avoid beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other gas-causing foods. Sugar (even naturally occurring fructose) and carbonation are also bad news, as are high-fat and fried fare.
Avoid the big gulp. Try to ingest less air when eating by limiting conversation and drinking during meals. Trade in your traditional three meals a day in favor of several small meals, and take the time to thoroughly chew each bite.
Make your move. A brisk walk can encourage gas to make its way through the tract and relieve bloating. (Comfortable, loose clothes will also help.)
Pass with caution. Some gas will be unavoidable, so simply strive to handle it with grace. If you can make an exit before the gas does, your co-workers will appreciate it. If you can’t? Well, it happens.