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Here are some other things you can do to get your gas under control:

  • Spit out your gum. Lots of chewing causes you to swallow lots of air. Which causes gas. Stop it.
  • Slow your roll. Or whatever you happen to be eating. Chew more slowly, and you’ll swallow less air.
  • Lay off the bubbly. Fizzy drinks (soda, champagne, even mineral water) are pumped with gas. That’s what causes them to bubble. Choose non-carbonated drinks instead.
  • Stay away from fruit juice. Apple juice and pear juice make lots of gas.
  • Get properly fitted. If you wear dentures, make sure they fit snugly. Loose dentures can pull extra air into the digestive tract.
  • Stop smoking. You know smoking is bad for you anyway. But what if it’s also making you gassy? Knock it off, stat.
  • Opt for less fat. Fat alone doesn’t cause gas. But high-fat foods sometimes cause bloating.
  • Take a pill. From your local drugstore. Over-the-counter pills or drops can help your body digest the foods that trigger gas (like Beano and Lactaid) or simply relieve gas and bloating (like GasX).

What ifyou’ve done all these things and gas is still getting in the way?

“If it’s interrupting your quality of life, it’s a good idea to see your doctor,” says Wayne Fleischman, MD, who specializes in gastroenterology and hepatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He says that occasional abdominal pain and bloating are very common. But other symptoms, like weight loss, anemia, and tiredness, could point to a problem that needs attention.

Fleischman says that many different digestive issues often have the same symptoms. That’s why it’s important to let your doctor know if gas is getting in the way of your life. He can run tests to help figure out exactly what’s causing your problems and find the treatment that will bring you relief.

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Reviewed on December 01, 2015

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