Saturday, April 21, 2007


It is tough to be serious about flatulence, though we promise to try.

Lay off the lactose
Expert says that if you are lactose intolerant, you could have flatulence problems from eating dairy foods. Some people can only handle certain amount and different kinds of milk product with comfort. If your doctor suspects that your favorite dairy product is causing your problem, try eating it in smaller servings or along with a meal for a day or two until you notice where gas begins to be a problem.

Avoid gas promoting foods
The primary cause of flatulence is the digestive system inability to absorb certain carbohydrates. Beans, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower, whole wheat flour, radishes, bananas, apricots, pretzels and many more foods can also be highly flatugenic.

Avoid fiber induced flatus
Some high fiber vegetables and fruits may increase gas. If you are adding fiber to your diet for health reasons, start with a small dose so the bowel gets used to it.

Charcoal absorbs gases and may be useful for flatulence. It is probably the best available treatment after appropriate dietary changes have been made and other gastroenterological diseases have been treated or ruled out. Charcoal however can soak up medicine as well as gas; so check with your doctor.

Quick relief
Besides activated charcoal for relief of intestinal gas, simethicone containing products are still the most popular. This product's defoaming action relieves flatulence by dispersing and preventing the formation of mucous-surrounded gas pockets in the stomach and intestines.

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