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Dealing with unwanted gas and flatulence
June 24, 2018, 3:08 pm
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Overeating, eating too quickly, excessive consumption of soft drinks, emotional stress and drinking while eating are some of the major causes of flatulence and intestinal gases.  Another one of the common causes is lactose (the sugar found in dairy products), of which some people are very sensitive to it and can’t ingest any food items containing the ingredient.

Many other healthy foods can also cause internal gases to build up in your body, such as cabbage, beans, lentils, broccoli, onion, radish and green pepper.  If flatulence and intestinal gases is becoming too much of an issue, some adjustments in your food choices and eating habits can help alleviate the issue.  

Do not overeat and chew food slowly: You don’t have to be full for you to stop eating. Enjoy your meals and chew slowly to savor the ingredients.  Also, avoid talking when you eat. Air will dissipate into your intestines causing flatulence and bloating.  Your best option is to chew a sprig of parsley after your meals.

Find the food items in your diet causing the issue: Try to identify if there is a certain food item causing this problem, and then eliminate it from your diet. I personally have removed green peppers and onions from my diet as it was causing me bloating and digestive problems. Yogurt that is enriched with probiotics and prebiotics can also help in the digestive process. 

Decrease soft drinks consumption: These drinks are full of gases and you don’t need extra gas. Many of you drink 7up or Perrier when feeling full, but these drinks contain gases, and must be eliminated in case you have flatulence. 

Include gas-relieving food items in your diet: Ginger has been shown to promote the flow of digestive juices in the intestinal tract, and this is an excellent vegetable that supports the digestive system. Peppermint, fennel and anise based teas are also very useful as well. They contain flatulence-relieving properties.  Also, fennel is a good herb used in many natural remedies that treat constipation and bloating. Fennel seeds provide quick relief from many digestive disorders like intestinal cramps, acid indigestion and gases. 

Add fennel to your salads and stews if they contain veggies that cause gas formation in order to decrease the gas build up in your body and help relieve the uncomfortable feeling.

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