I’m frequently gassy


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
I’m frequently gassy
I’m frequently gassy. What can I do?

Nobody’s gas-free. From prim-and-proper Aunt Martha to your gassy teenage nephew, everybody releases intestinal gas 13 to 21 times a day.

Reduce your personal emissions by cutting back on beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and asparagus, all of which contain an indigestible sugar called raffinose that’s broken down by bacteria in your digestive tract.

The by-product: stinky hydrogen sulfide. Taking a remedy like Beano before you eat may help; it contains an enzyme that breaks down raffinose.
You can also reduce the raffinose in beans by thoroughly rinsing dried beans after soaking and by rinsing canned beans just before eating.

Have heartburn? Stay away from sodium bicarbonate (the stuff in baking soda), found in some products such as Alka-Seltzer. It produces carbon dioxide, a gas that’s gotta go somewhere! If gas won’t quit, talk with your doctor. Medical conditions such as lactose intolerance (the inability to digest sugars in milk), gluten intolerance (the inability to digest the gluten protein in wheat and other grains), and irritable bowel syndrome may b

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