Seven Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Gas

Posted on April 22, 2016
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If, despite your best efforts to maintain a healthy diet, you’re bothered by chronic intestinal gas and bloating, we have a few helpful suggestions:

1. Do gradually introduce fiber

Fiber is an essential nutrient, but too much can cause an “undesirable side effect: excessive gas. Flatulence and bloating can result, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.”

2. Do eat slowly

You’re less likely to swallow air, which can “which can cause stomach gas and abdominal bloating.” When you eat slowly, you’re more likely to pay attention to the gradual sensation of fullness that can make the difference between satisfaction and becoming ‘overstuffed.’ Tip: ban electronics and other distractions from the table so you can focus on enjoying the meal.

3. Do drink low-sugar beverages

“Carbohydrates are common triggers of gas and bloating in the digestive tract.” Watch for the suffix “-ose” on the ingredient label  (such as: fructose, glucose, or sucrose). Also, if you’re consuming sodas and other sweetened drinks, you’re probably drinking less than the recommended 2 quarts of water per day.
Tip: nutrition labels list ingredients in order of proportion to total volume. “No sugar added” advisories can be misleading; they don’t indicate that a product is low in sugar.

4. Don’t use artificial sweeteners

Mayo Clinic advises that “many healthy people develop gas and diarrhea when they consume these sweeteners.”

Watch for either suffix:
“-ol”  (sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol) or
“-ame” (acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame)

5. Do engage in moderate exercise after meals

“Experts believe that walking at least 100 steps after eating your dinner improves your overall wellbeing. This includes proper digestion, burning calories, better control of blood sugar levels and triglycerides in the body.”

6. Don’t indulge in habits that introduce air into the digestive system:

  • chewing gum
  • sucking on hard candy
  • smoking
  • using a straw

Many brands of chewing gum and hard candy contain artificial sweeteners.

7. Do switch from coffee to mint or another herbal tea after meals.

“Peppermint has relaxant and antispasmodic properties and can help relieve cramps and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, bile duct and gallbladder. This improves the passage of both food and swallowed air through the digestive tract, allowing them to go through smoothly and without pain or discomfort.”

 

One final don’t:  it’s hard to consistently eat healthy meals when ‘life happens.’ If a hectic schedule or unfamiliar food causes you to experience gas and bloating, keep CharcoCaps® dietary supplement on hand; it relieves Gas and Bloating FAST!*  Enjoy your favorite foods without worry!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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