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Tips for Dealing With Gas

This post is dedicated to my husband - may you print it out and study it carefully.

Everyone suffers from gas problems every now and again, so here are some tips straight from Harvard for dealing with intestinal gas:

  • Slow down your eating: A little bit of air goes down with everything you swallow. To reduce the amount of air, eat and drink slowly and chew food thoroughly.
  • Avoid airy drinks and foods: Air also gets into the gut if it's incorporated into food and drinks like beer, soda, or sponge cake.
  • Don't smoke: Some air gets swallowed when people smoke. Perhaps flatulence should be added to the list of ill consequences of smoking.
  • Shun sulfur: The bad smell of flatus comes from gases that contain sulfur. Putting less sulfur into your system can reduce the amount that comes out. Avoid sulfur-rich foods like eggs, meat, and cauliflower.
  • Cook those beans: When colon bacteria feed on the sugars in beans, they produce a gas by-product. You can reduce beans' gas potential by boiling them briefly, letting them sit, and then cooking them again in fresh water, or just by cooking them longer.
  • Consider Beano: A study found that high doses of the over-the-counter product Beano reduced flatulence, but a normal dose did not produce statistically significant results.
  • Go low on high-fructose corn syrup: Foods containing this sweetener can cause bloating and flatulence in people whose small intestines can't absorb large amounts of fructose.
  • Adjust the ecosystem: Too few or too much of particular bacterial species in the intestines can produce excessive flatulence. Talk to your doctor about probiotics; in certain cases, an antibiotic might be worth considering.


lizzie_ttu lizzie_ttu 10 years
I feel like fruit makes it worse for me :(
Spectra Spectra 10 years
LOL, this is a great post. My husband gets THE WORST gas from baked beans and I only get it when I eat sauerkraut. I've found that if I eat caraway seeds with my sauerkraut, I don't get it as bad. And I just try to limit how many times a month I make baked beans for dinner :)
rosey_y rosey_y 10 years
Eating fruit by itself, on an empty stomach can also help. Fruit is digested far quicker than other types of food. This means that eating it in conjunction, or directly after, other types of food the fruit will sit fermenting and rotting in your stomach waiting for the other food to 'catch up'. This can cause gas and bloating! Also, try to wait 30 minutes before eating something else after eating fruit, to give it time to digest enough.
amybdk amybdk 10 years
Ha.. ha! I can think of someone in my family who this could be dedicated to, and it's NOT my husband!
melda melda 10 years
thanks god i at least dont have this problem! i should send it to my sister lol
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 10 years
Thanks! I needed this info....
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Hehehe! When I'm on the treadmill I burp like crazy! Thank god it doesn't come out the other way....that would be super embarrassing!
workofiction workofiction 10 years
Wow, I never knew how much research went into farting! LOL
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
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