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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Gas Pain
By Raymond Lee
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You are eating low-fat cheese and calcium-rich skim milk. Munching platefuls of fresh greens. Scarfing bowlfuls of beans. You are eating right and feeling virtuous. You are also feeling as though a symphony is playing the 1812 Overture in your guts. One big difference, though. Gas is not just musical. It is downright painful. But do not feel bad. A healthy diet is a gaseous diet. Foods that are good for us, such as fiber, generate gas. It must also be admitted that there are also less benign causes of gas. Other possible causes include lactose intolerance, an allergy to lactose, which is sugar in milk and other dairy products, and swallowing air while you eat or drink. No matter why have gas, here are some tips that you can consider to adopt to ease your discomfort.
- Try A Gas Guzzler
It is recommended to try an over-the-counter gas-reducing product that contains simethicone. These products help gas bubbles to coalesce, so you can pass the gas more easily.
- Bet On Beano
This product, available at drugstores and many supermarkets, neutralizes raffinose, gas-producing sugar in beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Just add a few drops to gas-generating foods before you eat them.
- Keep A Food Diary
It is recommended to write down what you are eating for a week or so. See what you are eating on good days and gassy days. The most likely suspects are foods that contain sugars, especially the lactose form of sugar found in many dairy products. Also keep an eye on starches, like those in breads and pastas, and soluble fiber found in many fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid Sorbitol
A natural sugar also used in sugarless candies and gums, sorbitol tends to be poorly absorbed. Avoid products made with sorbitol for a while and see if your symptoms improve.
- Give Up Milk
It is recommended to avoid all milk products for a week to see how that affects your symptoms. If the gas disappears, you are probably lactose intolerant.
- Favor Fennel
It is recommended to drink a cup or two of fennel tea. It is great for gas.
- Munch Less Fiber
It is recommended not to eat too much fiber. If you are sensitive to fiber, eating excessive amounts may lead to gas discomfort. You might have to cut back on beans, whole grains, or nuts if you are too uncomfortable with the aftereffects.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: December 03, 2007