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Embarrassing Question: How to reduce gas?

By May 26, 2009 - 2:09pm
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It seems as though I release more gas than my husband, which has always been a joke between us, but I started wondering if this was a sign or symptom of anything?

I remember reading that a truly healthy digestive system will naturally expel gas, but that it should be relatively odorless, and not occur when you use the restroom. Is this true?

Sorry for such a personal question---I just wanted to make sure that I'm eating healthfully (and, isn't it the healthy beans and veggies that are most gas producing?). This is confusing...a healthy digestive system that is gas-free, but while consuming gas-producing foods? Is this contradictory information?

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Hi there! I'm just curious if you're experiencing pain when you have gas. I'm no expert, but I would imagine that excess gas (especially if there's pain) might be an indication that you'd want to evaluate your diet closely in case you might have an allergy (ie: gluten, dairy, etc.). I wouldn't hesitate to ask my doctor about it at my next check-up.

May 26, 2009 - 11:40pm

As embarrassing as you may feel this question is, there are many articles on EmpowHer regarding this topic that I hope will answer your question, and provide some more information about why this is a normal, natural and healthy part of our digestive system.

-Intestinal Gas
-Avoiding Gas Producing foods
-Gassy Foods Diet
-Fighting Flatulence

To summarize the articles above, you are right that the healthy high-fiber foods cause more gas than low-fiber foods. However, other foods that are not necessarily considered healthy also can cause gas, including carbonated drinks and fried foods. You can keep track of foods from these lists, to see which ones effect you the most, and then plan to stay clear of these when you are traveling or at another inconvenient time. Beano is a product that you may be interested in trying as well. Lastly, the healthy amount of passing gas is 8-14 times per day, even up to 25 times per day is still healthy.

Do you feel that you have any problems beyond the normal amount, or are just curious?

May 26, 2009 - 2:52pm
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