You may be able to prevent
gas, bloating, burping, and hiccups.
foods that cause gas, such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, and bran. The amount
of gas that different foods cause varies from person to
Take steps to avoid swallowing air:
Eat slowly. Avoid gulping food or
beverages. When you rush through meals or eat on the run, you are more likely
to swallow air.
Chew your food thoroughly before you
Avoid talking while you chew.
Avoid drinking through a straw.
gum or eating hard candy.
Do not smoke or use other tobacco
Do not drink
Avoid sudden changes in stomach
temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold
If you wear dentures, check with a dentist to make sure
they fit properly.
Keep calm. Tension and anxiety can cause you to
Keep a food diary if you suspect that gas is
caused by certain foods. Write down what you eat or drink and when symptoms
occur to help you identify foods or drinks that may cause gas. After these
problem foods are identified, avoid or limit them to reduce or prevent
Talk with your doctor or a
dietitian about ways to maintain a balanced diet if you want to permanently
eliminate certain foods or drinks. For more information, see the topic
If you suspect that milk or
other dairy products are causing your symptoms, try limiting or eliminating
these foods. For more information, see the topic
If you cook with dry
beans, soak them in water overnight, then pour off the water and cook the
soaked beans in fresh water. This may reduce the amount of natural sugars in
the beans after the cooling process and help prevent gas and bloating.
Do not overeat. Large meals can make you feel
bloated. Try eating 6 small meals a day rather than 3 large
Use an antigas product that you can buy without a
Food enzymes, such as Beano, which help
break down the sugars found in vegetables and grains, can be added to foods
that cause you to have gas.
If you have
lactose intolerance, lactase enzyme supplements, such
as Dairy Ease and Lactaid, can be taken with dairy products to help break down
lactose in food.
Peppermint and other herbs (carminatives) that soothe the digestive tract may
permit belching and decrease bloating after large meals.
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July 05, 2013
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