Gas pain or pressure in the stomach and abdomen is a condition that everyone has to face from time to time. While normally not a sign of disease, abdominal gas pressure can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, occasionally producing sharp pains that may incorrectly suggest appendicitis or gallstones. There are several approaches for combating the effects of abdominal gas, some of which may need to be tried and then discarded, if ineffective.
Make changes in your diet. This can be something of a trial-and-error process. According to the Mayo Clinic, the list of foods that can trigger gas production is very large, and includes not only the expected fatty and fried foods but also many of the healthiest high-fiber foods, including whole-wheat bread, bran, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, apples, peaches and pears. (Beans, of course, are on the list, as well.) Each person needs to discover the foods that routinely cause excess gas production in his body.
Reduce or eliminate carbonated beverages. This includes sodas, carbonated waters, and beer from bottles or cans (draft beer that is not carbonated may not need to be cut out). Avoid consuming foods that have substances to which your body is intolerant, such as lactose, gluten and artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol. Experiment with reducing or cutting out specific dairy products except for certain low-lactose foods, one of which is yogurt.
Drink peppermint tea. Menthol, which is present in peppermint oil, has an "antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of the digestive tract," according to the Mayo Clinic, and may reduce gassiness.
Take over-the-counter anti-gas remedies. Products containing activated charcoal, lactase supplements or simethicone can be effective for some people. According to the National Institutes of Health, Beano "contains the sugar-digesting enzyme that the body lacks to digest the sugar in beans and many vegetables."
Avoid taking antibiotics or laxatives if possible, as some of these can trigger increased gas.
Eat smaller meals more frequently, instead of the traditional "three squares." Be sure to eat slowly, avoid anxiety at mealtimes, chew food well, and minimize air intake by not gulping. Avoid drinking through straws.