Today we’re going to talk about how to get rid of excessive gas.
And no, I’m not just talking about the stuff that comes out the lower exit and makes you feel really embarrassed if you’re in the wrong kind of situation.
I’m talking about all the different consequences that gas can have on your day. From flatulence, to belching, to bloating, to burping – we’re going to cover it all.
By the end of this article, you won’t be afraid of any of the consequences of gas again, because you’ll know how to avoid it in the first place (or get rid of it quickly if it happens to you).
After all, it’s obvious why anyone would want to stop excessive gas from happening to them. Bloating is painful and can ruin the way you look and the way your clothes fit your body. Belching and burping are socially unacceptable (unless you’re in very specific circumstances). And flatulence is something that you want to avoid pretty much all the time.
But let’s not get carried away. After all, scientists have come out and proclaimed that passing gas (whether through burping or flatulence) happens about 13 to 21 times a day on average for a normal person.
So no – you can’t completely eliminate gas from your life. That would have dire consequences far beyond avoiding embarrassment – you would technically probably be dead.
However, we can get rid of excessive gas, so that you stand the absolute best chance of avoiding any sort of embarrassing situation and you don’t have to deal with painful and uncomfortable bloating anymore.
Ready? Let’s get this going:
The Best Ways To Get Rid Of Excessive Gas
1. Stoke The Fire With Activated Charcoal
ok, so you’re technically not stoking any fires. And I don’t think you’d want a fire in your stomach anyway.
But activated charcoal can really help you avoid excessive gas and bloating. That’s because activated charcoal, unlike regular charcoal, is treated to be safe for human consumption.
When you take it, it goes down into your stomach and attaches itself to fluids that would help cause excessive gas and bloating. That means that you’ll have firmer, more regular bowel movements, and you won’t suffer nearly as much from excessive gas.
2. Practice Quiet Time During Meals
The excessive gas that makes you belch and have flatulence isn’t necessarily a byproduct of your digestive system. Sometimes, it comes in through your mouth when you’re eating.
If you’re talking a lot while you’re eating, it’s very easy to swallow lots of air. Same with things like chewing gum or drinking through a straw. What you’re really doing is sucking vast quantities of air down into your stomach.
And when gas gets into your stomach – it’s got to get out somehow.
So try talking less during meals, and if you smoke, drink from straws, or chew gum, try cutting back on that too. It can really cut down on any excessive gas symptoms.
3. Eat Foods That Support Your Stomach Health
Your stomach needs its acid to be in tip top shape in order to break down the food you eat properly and help your digestion work at its peak performance.
If your stomach acid isn’t up to snuff, it stresses your digestive system and causes microbial fermentation all throughout your digestive tract –leading to gas.
In fact, your stomach acid is responsible for tons of different roles in your digestive system – from breaking down protein, to sterilizing food, to activating bile secretion, plus a half dozen more vital roles.
So if you want to make sure that your stomach acid is balanced perfectly, make sure to stay really hydrated during your day. Also, try to eat more ginger and lemon in your diet, and try not to drink any water after a meal to let your stomach digest properly.
4. In Fact, Support Your Gut Biome Too
Your gut biome refers to the teeming multitudes of bacteria that live in your digestive system. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to break down and process the foods you eat.
And without them working properly, your food doesn’t get processed properly, your body doesn’t get all the nutrition it needs out of the foods you eat, and you wind up feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
Try eating fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut that support your gut biome and make sure that your gut bacteria are healthy and happy. That means that the good bacteria in your gut will thrive, and the bad bacteria that produce excessive gas will be crowded out – leaving you feeling healthier and happier in your digestive health.
5. Cut Out Sugar Free Gum
It’s been demonstrated in research over and over again that artificial sweeteners like sorbitol can cause excessive gas. You’ll find them in any sugar free gum out there.
Just remember that it’s only alcohol based artificial sweeteners like sorbitol that cause the excessive gas. Stuff you’ll find in diet drinks or as a sugar substitute for coffee like aspartame or sucralose won’t cause you to have lots of gas.
6. Stay Away From Foods That Cause Gas
If you have a problem with excessive gas, the culprit might be found in your diet. If you don’t want to suffer from lots of gas, stay away from broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, apples, dairy (including ice cream and cheese), pears, prunes, and a few other foods.
All those foods are known to mess with your digestive system and cause excessive gas. And if you’re even a touch lactose intolerant, it goes without saying but by all that is holy do not eat cheese or drink milk, as you’ll be creating an extremely gassy situation for yourself.
7. Drink Less During Meals
When you drink lots of liquid during a meal – especially water – you’re diluting your stomach acid and making it harder for your stomach to break down the foods that you eat.
That leads to difficulty throughout all sections of your digestive tract, and excessive gas buildup. Try getting hydrated about a half hour before eating a meal in order to avoid this gassy side effect.
8. Try Digestive Enzymes To Get The Job Done
There are lots of different products you can buy over the counter in order to avoid excessive gas and bloating. They’re sold as digestive enzymes, which will help your digestive system break down food with a minimum of excessive gas produced.
Aids like Beano help your stomach break down the stuff in foods that causes excessive gas – like the complex carbs in some veggies and many varieties of beans. Juts be cognizant that digestive enzymes won’t help you if the culprit behind your gas is dairy or fiber.
9. Avoid Food Combos That Are Known To Cause Gas
Some foods are fine when you eat them on their own – but when you combine them together, it leads to a bad time for your digestive tract and a bad time for those hoping to avoid excessive gas.
This isn’t something that’s one size fits all – as people’s digestive systems respond differently to different foods. There’s no way for me to say specifically which different foods you should avoid together.
The best thing to do is try to be mindful of the foods you’re eating and take note of what you’ve eaten (and what combinations of foods you’ve eaten) when you get really gassy.
Some people don’t like proteins with fruits – others suffer when they mix proteins with starchy foods. It’s all about your specific body and what combinations your body doesn’t like – and if you can figure them out, you can save yourself a lot of being uncomfortable and being embarrassed.
10. Slow Down During Meals
When you eat and drink too quickly, you run the risk of sucking down lots of air along with your food.
All that excess gas in your stomach can contribute to and cause lots of flatulence and belching – so if you want to avoid those things make sure to slow down while you eat and drink.
Taking your time while chewing your food and slowing down will stop you from swallowing so much air while you eat, and will cut down on any excessive gas symptoms.
Can Health Conditions Cause Excessive Gas?
Yes – excessive gas can be caused by some serious health conditions. If your gas is especially severe and doesn’t go away or respond to changes in diet or habits, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about whether your gas might be being caused by an underlying condition.
One of the most common conditions that causes excessive gas is irritable bowel syndrome. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome you’ll have symptoms like abdominal pain – and if you suspect you might have this condition you should talk to your doctor at the earliest convenience.
Another condition that can cause excessive gas is colon cancer. Obviously an extremely serious condition, colon cancer screenings should be a regular part of your doctor’s checkups after a certain age.
People who suffer from lactose intolerance are much more likely to have excessive gas. If you suspect you might have lactose intolerance, drink a pretty big quantity of milk and see what happens to your body next – you’ll get your answer without having to go to the doctor.
People who recently had hernias, large amounts of weight gain or weight loss, or abdominal surgery should always go to the doctor if they’re getting lots of excessive gas. For those people, excessive gas is never a symptom to ignore.
The Best Ways To Get Rid Of Excessive Gas
- Stoke the fire with activated charcoal
- Practice quiet time during meals
- Eat foods that support your stomach health
- In fact, support your gut biome too
- Cut out sugar free gum
- Stay away from foods that cause gas
- Drink less during meals
- Try digestive enzymes to get the job done
- Avoid food combos that are known to cause gas
- Slow down during meals