How To Relieve Gas
Because everybody will have it, on average, about fourteen times per day, it is useful to know how to relieve gas.
To relieve gas, you will need:
- Activated charcoal tablets
- Food enzymes (Beano)
- The best way to relieve gas is to stop it in it's tracks by identifying and avoiding the foods that cause the most problems. Foods that are typically known to cause gas in many people include beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chewing gum, whole-wheat bread, carbonated beverages, and dairy. Swallowing air can also cause gas. To reduce this, chew and drink slowly, avoid drinking through a straw, don't smoke, and avoid too much stress. Most cases of gas will go away on their own and without treatment.
Over-the-counter products are available that claim to relieve gas, though they aren't always effective. Activated charcoal tablets can be taken before or after a meal, and reduces the odor of gas. Antacids relieve gas by breaking down bubbles, making belching easier. Food enzymes, such as Beano, are taken with your first bite of food and helps to break down sugars found in vegetables and grains. Lactase supplements relieve gas by breaking down lactose for people who are lactose intolerant.
- Gas can be caused by other conditions, such as constipation, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis. If you suspect that you may have an underlying condition, it is best to consult with your health care provider for advice and treatment to relieve gas. Other causes of gas include excessive use of laxatives or use of antibiotics.
Resources: Gas in the digestive track
Posted on: Mar. 17, 2010