It’s tempting to want to clean your plate and you may not want to turn down your aunt’s famous casserole, but learning to say no and pushing back from the table could save you from another potentially embarrassing situation—gas and bloating. Eating more than your fill can do a number on your stomach and leave you full and flatulent.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. Excessive gas and stomach bloat aren’t caused by what you eat but how your body is able to digest it. For many people the most common causes of gas and bloating are the inability to fully digest protein and break down sugar or any digestive tract imbalance, even a bad gall bladder. For constant gas sufferers, the best solution is to replace missing acids, enzymes and good bacteria in your stomach with a few well chosen foods and better eating habits. Steer clear of conventional excessive gas remedies since they only aggravate the problem by creating more gas.
So, try my natural strategies to put an end to flatulence, to avoid potential post-meal embarrassment:
- Put protein first. Eat your meat, fish, beans and cheese first because they require the most hydrochloric acid in your stomach for digestion. If you eat other foods first like salad, there won’t be enough acid left to digest your protein, leaving it to ferment and create the unpleasant feeling of fullness and bloat. If you don’t want to change how you eat, taking two hydrochloric acid tablets after each meal should supply the acid you need to digest your food completely and banish unseemly gassiness.
- Take digestive enzymes. These over-the-counter enzymes found alongside other digestive aids help break down certain complex sugars that when undigested release gas. Add a few drops to your first bite of food.
- Balance your bacteria. There’s good bacteria and there’s bad bacteria. The wrong kind in your colon can foul up your stomach with waste and gas. Boost your “good” bacteria levels by eating cultured and fermented foods like yogurt, buttermilk, natto and miso. You can also benefit from taking probiotic supplements for a “good bacteria” stomach boost.
Following a few common-sense tips can help you avoid gas and bloating, too. Eat smaller meals, chew your food extremely well, eat slowly, and never eat if you are upset or not hungry.
Now it’s your turn: How do you avoid gas and bloating?