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Tips to Ward off Gas and Gas Pain

Gas Pain We all have it. It’s a part of the biological process of digestion. However, tell that to someone you’re on a date with. Before you get stuck in a stinky situation, try changing some of your eating habits in order to curb the flatulence problem.

1. Eat balanced meals

Try giving your stomach a break from overloading it with one type of food. A plate loaded down with veggies may be healthy, but it’s also healthy to add some protein and fat as well. Cabbage and broccoli may be good for you, but if they are causing gas problems, try reducing the amount you eat.

2. Take little bites

Taking smaller bites can help ensure that your food is being properly digested by the time it reaches your large intestine. Smaller bites also lead to slower eating time. The longer it takes you to eat, the quicker you’ll feel full and not overeat; and overeating can lead to poor digestion.

3. Eat until satisfied, not stuffed

Overloading your stomach will eventually overload your gut. An overloaded gut means poor digestion.

4. Chew thoroughly

When food reaches your intestine that has been partially digested, the bacteria in your gut causes the food to ferment, producing a substantial amount of stinky gas. More chewing helps your stomach acids do their job more effectively and can dramatically reduce the bacterial gas that gets formed. Chewing is even more important when you’re eating vegetables and high-fiber foods, because they are more difficult to breakdown in your mouth and stomach than processed foods.

5. Try probiotics

Bacteria produces the majority of gas in your intestines, but adding probiotic foods to your diet can help support the growth of helpful bacteria that can ease digestion and reduce gas. There are several strains of probiotic bacteria, and research suggests that different strains work better for different people. Talk with your Dr. Cofrancesco at GI North for recommended types. Excess gas can be reduced with time and some tweaking, but always remember that it doesn’t hurt to consult with Dr. Cofrancesco if you feel your gas and digestive system have become more sensitive than normal.

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