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Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN

Reducing Your Gas Problem

By November 28, 2012

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Although I can't take credit for the childhood rhyme that starts, "Beans, beans, by the quart...", I can vouch for it. Indeed, the more legumes you eat, the more you will toot, pass gas, fart - whatever pretty word you give to this basic human function works.

Passing gas is a part of life. Although it stinks in a crowded elevator - pun intended - we all do it. It's a byproduct of digestion. As the food you eat is broken down into tiny, absorbable molecules, gasses are released into your small and large intestine. The philosophical person might describe this anomaly as, "I eat, therefore I toot."

You cannot possibly stop all gas production, but you can stop adding to the problem. Some behaviors, foods, and even beverages can complicate your gas problem, leaving you to feel bloated and uncomfortable. The biggest offenders include:

  • Legumes - any kind of bean
  • Cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli or cauliflower)
  • Alcohol
  • Cabbage
  • Carbonated drinks (even sparkling mineral water)
  • Onions and garlic
  • Soy products (tofu)
  • Cheese or other dairy
  • Smoking
  • Drinking through straws or chewing gum
  • Rushing through meals and gulping down food and drink

If you have reduced these foods and behaviors, but still suffer excess gas, you should talk to your doctor. Although there are many vague symptoms of colon cancer, gas and bloating are on the list.

Comments
December 4, 2012 at 5:36 am
(1) abu says:

Hello.. was looking for a solution.. most of the time i feel bloated.. i too felt some beans and other vegs like cauliflower are heavy on stomach… but what to do .. we need them n daily life.. and diary products like??? what do u say about whole wheat bread and milk for the breakfast??? most of the time i feel this prolem..

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