Someone forwarded me an e-mail from “Everyday Health”, talking about Digestive Health. This particular e-mail was called “Easy Cure for Gas”. (I don’t know why this was sent to me…) It was written by Dr. Eugene Filiburton of the Massachusetts Institute of Gastrointestinal Disorders and Research Center, Inc.
Troubled by gas pain and bloating? Try this simple exercise that can be discretely done in your home or office space – even your cube.
Simply lie on your back, knees bent, and press in on your abdomen while exhaling. For particularly stubborn gas bubbles, it can be helpful to lift your hips with your legs – with your knees still bent – and bounce up and down on your buttocks. Alternate this bouncing with rolling on your side – first one side, then the other, until you expel significant amounts of gas.
It is important not to clinch your buttocks while doing this exercise as it can precipitate bowel leakage of fluids and fecal matter and, or be very noisy.
If you’re doing this in your cubicle at work, you’d better hope co-workers don’t walk by while you’re lying in the floor and bouncing your butt around. That doesn’t seem discrete to me. I reckon you could say you’re doing push-ups or crunches, but they may not believe that. Plus there’s the issue of potential odor. You probably don’t want repugnant odors emanating from your cubicle.
If you’re at home, you can just let it rip, instead of doing some exercise to pass gas.
It seems odd to me that clinching your buttocks while doing that bouncing around could lead to leakage. It seems like clinching would help prevent leakage. But I don’t know, because I haven’t researched this, nor do I plan to. If anyone wants to try it and let me know how it works out for them, please leave a comment.
Anyway, now you know how to easily and discretely pass gas, and knowing is half the battle.