Preventing Excess Gas
An excessive amount of gas is usually brought by the incomplete absorption of specific starches and sugars during absorption. Bacteria in your intestine then ferments the sugars, further making gas. Here are the ways to prevent it:
Limit gassy foods
Some foods can cause too much production of gas in our bodies that leads to bloating. These include beans, other legumes, cabbage, sauerkraut, bananas and prunes, onions, wheat and wheat grain and Brussels sprouts. Also, milk and dairy products can develop gas in our bodies if there is decreased amount of lactase, the enzyme that is needed to digest lactose. Lactose is the main sugar in milk.
Consider taking anti-gas products
Beano is a food stimulant that helps improve the absorption of food that forms gas. There are over-the-counter treatments that can relieve gas in the body such as, simethicone or antacids that also have simethicone. But be aware of the side effects of this medicine if you overdose it.
Eat fewer fatty foods
Fried foods, fatty meats, creamy sauce, and gravies can also increase the chances of bloating and gas in your body. Limit the consumption of these foods because they can’t just build up gases in your body but can also cause weight gain and can give you some health problems.
Limit sugar substitutes
Some healthy individuals fail to absorb sorbitol and mannitol that are present in some sugar-free foods, gums, and candies. The amount of sorbitol in five sticks of sugar-free gum can cause gas and diarrhea.
Consider products for lactose intolerance, if needed
Milk gives benefits in our body from bones to muscles and the heart. There are lots of health benefits that you can gain from drinking milk every day. Some individuals have trouble in digesting milk sugar or what is called lactose. Don’t worry, there are milk products that you can buy that are lactose-free. You can also buy products with lactase enzymes such as Dairy Ease or Lactaid. These will help you digest lactose.