Gas relief

All Woman

Dear Donovan,

I have an issue with gas. It seems to be always there and causes me much discomfort. Can you suggest some foods other than tea or warm beverages which are healthy and can relieve gas?

Extra gas in the abdomen is quite common and can result in bloating which can lead to abdominal discomfort. In some cases bloating may become severe enough to cause distension and perceived swelling of the abdomen. In addition, the periodic release of smelly gas from the intestines can be quite embarrassing.

There will always be a small amount of gas produced in the gut during normal digestion. However, the shape of the digestive tract is quite suited to deal with that. But with an increase in poor eating habits and lifestyle, there is always a chance that more gas will be formed in the gut than it can easily deal with. So in a nutshell, bloating and gassiness are usually a function of what we eat, how we eat, and when we eat.

Developing good eating habits can go a far way in preventing gassiness. Overeating, eating too fast or eating foods in wrong combinations can definitely lead to gassiness, so too can drinking carbonated beverages.

In your situation it is very important that you watch what you are eating. There are definitely some foods which are more gas-forming for some people than others. For example, some foods like beans and lentils are very hard to digest. These can lead to gassiness. Also, some fruits and vegetables like prunes, cabbage, cucumber and carrots can lead to extra gas, so can sweeteners like sorbitol, dairy products, and whole grains.

By keeping a food chart you might be able to get an idea of what is making you have extra gas. I would also suggest that you watch your food combinations as well. If the combinations are off this could cause fermentation rather than digestion.

It is also important to make sure that you are not constipated. If the contents of the intestines are not moving along fast enough, it will give bacteria present in the intestines a chance to break food substances down, which can cause a large amount of gas.

I would suggest that you do a three-to-five-day detox programme. This will serve to clean the intestines. In addition, eating more vegetable salads, soups, fruits and vegetables might be helpful. Also eating on time, eating in small portions, eating foods in the right combination, and also getting in some exercises or activities will help.

Good luck!

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