Prevent excess gas

September 27 2017 at 12:00 AM by Wuser


All of us, whether we admit it or not, have a story about the one that got away. May be you were in a quiet movie theater, or thought you were alone, but it turned out you weren’t. Embarrassing? Oh, yes. It happens to us all.

In fact, passing gas about 13 to 21 times a day is normal. But if you can’t control it, it’s embarrassing. Even worse, it can start to affect your life.

Gas and bloating can make your body hurt. They can also make it hard for you to feel at ease, which can deal a serious blow to everyday life. When you’re out with friends, at work, or sharing an intimate moment, nothing kills a good time like worrying about whether you’ll let one slip on accident. Between your physical pain and the anxiety in your mind, having excess gas can be a drag. But there is a good news that truly excessive gas is pretty rare.

Types of excessive gas:

There are a lot of ways to describe excessive gas: burping, belching, flatulence, and bloating. While what you call it might not seem to matter, being able to identify where the gas starts and where it ends  can help you treat the painful or embarrassing symptoms.

Burping and belching usually refer to gas that escapes from the mouth, while flatulence, or farting, is intestinal gas that escapes from the rectum. Bloating is used to describe the sensation of excess stomach gas that has not yet been released.

But if you’re experiencing painful gas and the embarrassment of chronic and foul smelling flatulence, you can start to play detective and try to eliminate the cause.Here are some other things you can do to get your gas under control:

       • Avoid Foods Known to Cause Gas

One way to manage flatulence and belching is to eat fewer of the well-known gassy foods. Common culprits include: beans and other legumes, certain fruits, like apples, specific vegetables, such as cabbage and onions; whole grains like bran; and dairy products, including milk, cheese, and ice cream. These items contain fiber, sugars, and starches that don’t digest or absorb easily, eventually causing intestinal gas.

  • Drink Before Meals

If you drink liquids with your meals, you lose stomach acids and can’t break down food as well.  Try drinking about 30 minutes before a meal to help your stomach digest better.

  • Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Fizzy drinks (soda, champagne, even mineral water) are pumped with gas. That’s what causes them to bubble. Choose non-carbonated drinks instead.
 Eat fewer fatty foods

Fatty meats, fried foods, cream sauces and gravies tend to increase gas and bloating. They also can contribute to unwanted weight gain.

 Consider products for lactose intolerance, if needed

If you have trouble digesting milk sugar (lactose), consider buying lactose-reduced or lactose-free products. Or choose products with the lactase enzyme (Dairy Ease, Lactaid), which can help you
digest lactose.

All of us, whether we admit it or not, have a story about the one that got away. May be you were in a quiet movie theater, or thought you were alone, but it turned out you weren’t. Embarrassing? Oh, yes. It happens to us all. In fact, passing gas about 13 to 21 times a day is normal. But if you can’t control it, it’s embarrassing. Even worse, it can start to affect your life. Gas and bloating can make your body hurt. They can also make it hard for you to feel at ease, which can deal a serious blow to everyday life. When you’re out with friends, at work, or sharing an intimate moment, nothing kills a good time like worrying about whether you’ll let one slip on accident. Between your physical pain and the anxiety in your mind, having excess gas can be a drag. But there is a good news that truly excessive gas is pretty rare. Types of excessive gas: There are a lot of ways to describe excessive gas: burping, belching, flatulence, and bloating. While what you call it might not seem to matter, being able to identify where the gas starts and where it ends  can help you treat the painful or embarrassing symptoms. Burping and belching usually refer to gas that escapes from the mouth, while flatulence, or farting, is intestinal gas that escapes from the rectum. Bloating is used to describe the sensation of excess stomach gas that has not yet been released. But if you’re experiencing painful gas and the embarrassment of chronic and foul smelling flatulence, you can start to play detective and try to eliminate the cause.Here are some other things you can do to get your gas under control:        • Avoid Foods Known to Cause Gas One way to manage flatulence and belching is to eat fewer of the well-known gassy foods. Common culprits include: beans and other legumes, certain fruits, like apples, specific vegetables, such as cabbage and onions; whole grains like bran; and dairy products, including milk, cheese, and ice cream. These items contain fiber, sugars, and starches that don’t digest or absorb easily, eventually causing intestinal gas. Drink Before Meals If you drink liquids with your meals, you lose stomach acids and can’t break down food as well.  Try drinking about 30 minutes before a meal to help your stomach digest better. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners Fizzy drinks (soda, champagne, even mineral water) are pumped with gas. That’s what causes them to bubble. Choose non-carbonated drinks instead. • Eat fewer fatty foods Fatty meats, fried foods, cream sauces and gravies tend to increase gas and bloating. They also can contribute to unwanted weight gain. • Consider products for lactose intolerance, if needed If you have trouble digesting milk sugar (lactose), consider buying lactose-reduced or lactose-free products. Or choose products with the lactase enzyme (Dairy Ease, Lactaid), which can help you digest lactose.


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