No, this probably isn’t a topic on what you think it is- gasoline, but instead it’s a topic that many of us are embarrassed to talk about- GAS. Even though it’s a natural bodily function, most of us (notice I say most) find ourselves embarrassed when dealing with this little fact of life.
Well, siince I’m all about spreading the wealth of any valuable tid bits of information that I receive, including the gassy kind, I thought I’d share three tips on how to get rid of excess gas from qualityhealth.
Dieting. Though dietary limitations will vary from person to person, rendering trial and error the best way to figure out which foods can reduce your gas production, there are a few general rules to follow. Gas is a digestive disease, so avoiding fatty foods helps the stomach empty faster. Unfortunately, many healthy foods can produce gas, like beans, broccoli, whole grains, and dairy products. Additionally, foods containing sorbitol, like dietetic foods and sugar-free candies and gums, should be avoided.
Medications. You won’t need a prescription for most of these meds. Dietary enzymes work because they help digest carbohydrates. An example is lactase, whose common brands Lactaid and Lactrase are available over the counter (OTC) as caplets or chewable tablets. These are the same enzymes used by those who are lactose intolerant; purchasing lactose reduced milk and other diary can help with gas. Also, check out the OTC med Beano (liquid or table) to help digest sugar in beans and many vegetables. And if you think you might have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), your doctor can prescribe a medicine to help reduce symptoms.
Air swallowing reduction. Bad news for gum chewers and hard candy devourers: curtail your habits. Health professionals agree that doing so is one of two ways to reduce your swallowed air intake. The other? Simple. Eat slower. Between bites you won’t be gasping for breath, and when you’re finished, you might have just a single burp to offer. Best make it a loud one.
Excerpt from an article written by Nathan Schiller