It’s normal to have intestinal gas! The majority of adults release intestinal gas roughly 20 times a day. You would think that is a lot, but if you were to count the times you pass gas in one single day you would truly be surprised at how accurate that little tidbit of information is. If you think that you have more intestinal gas than you should, if it bothers you, and if it’s affecting your life, maybe you should do something about it. In a previous article we gave you 10 natural ways to soothe an upset stomach. Today, we’re talking about gas! We’ve compiled a list of the 10 tips on reducing internal gas. Read on to discover how to finally have a quiet day!
Intestinal gas is natural. Chances are, your intestinal gas is nothing to worry about. Those who worry that they have too much gas actually have normal amounts. Worry when something affects your life. Worry when you’re in pain or when there is something out of the ordinary with your stomach and gas. If it’s just normal gas, let it go! Let it go!
Why do beans, lentils and some vegetables and legumes give us so much gas? It’s because of three large sugars: verbascose, stachyose and raffinose. They pass your stomach because the enzymes cannot digest them and reach our colons about the same way they entered. The bacteria in our colons then proceed to feed on these yummy sugars. This produces gas which causes flatulence. Boil the beans and legumes more than you usually do and always soak them beforehand. It will help remove some (but not all) of the sugars.
Antismoking campaigns are always relying on disease to get people to stop smoking. They should also add gas to the list. Hey, if it’s enough to get one person to quit, it’s good enough. Yes, smoking causes flatulence. That’s because smokers swallow a lot of air when they inhale cigarette smoke.
Any food that has high-fructose corn syrup in it can cause flatulence and bloating. Our intestines are too small and cannot absorb the high amounts of fructose present in the syrup. Bacteria in the colon feeds on the sugar and this bloats you. Other sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol, maltitol and xylitol give you gas as well.
Gas can be cause by two things: the bacteria feeding on stuff inside your colon and air that enters your stomach. Fizzy drinks, such as soda and beer, have loads of air trapped inside their bubbles. All that air gets into your stomach. It has to escape out of there somehow. You either burp it out or flatuate. It’s that simple!
You have millions of bacteria inside your body and most of it is found inside your stomach and intestines. Whenever that fine balance gets disrupted and some bacteria multiply more than others, flatulence happens. If you take probiotics, you will help maintain the ecosystem inside you in balance.
Wondering how to reduce gas? Well, how about simply eating slower? When you eat fast, a lot of air enters your stomach and stays there until you get it out, as mentioned earlier, through eructation (that’s burping, you know) or flatulence. If you slow down when you eat, you will also allow your stomach some time to process what you put inside it. That helps you get full, faster. It’s a win-win situation.
Sulfur is great, but not for your stomach. If you want to reduce stomach gas, then we urge you to not eat foods that are high in sulfur, such as eggs, cauliflower or meats. Did you know that the bad smells in your flatus is caused by sulfur? We know that the picture above looks incredibly delicious, but think about what comes out of you after you have it.
A study published in 2006 revealed that people who exercised regularly retained less gas in their system. This means more flatulence, but less gas inside your tummy, which means that you’ll be feeling much better. Besides, when you’re outside and exercising, you can let one rip without fearing the consequences.
Commercial drinks and pills really work at fighting gas. Beano contains an enzyme that breaks down the sugars in your stomach before they reach the colon. Charcoal pills are also good at absorbing the gases inside your stomach and colon. So, if your gases are causing too much discomfort, do something about it.
What other ways on how to reduce gas do you know of? Would you like to share any with us and our readers? Drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know about them!