GASTROENDO NEWS: A nutritionist and gastroenterologist weigh in on gas, flatulence, and bloating
My latest article with Dr. Frederick Gandolfo was featured in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News! Take a look at the excerpt below for some of our tips on managing any gas, flatulence and bloating!
(This is a summary of a two-part series from Retroflexions.com.)
Gas, bloating, belching- YIKES! Although these are normal parts of our digestion and bodily processes, too much can be uncomfortable and embarrassing! But did you know that your daily nutrition and lifestyle habits play a strong role in these digestive processes?
Belching: Belching, burping, yuck! Most commonly, swallowing too much air is the main reason why we have to belch. Eating or drinking very quickly is typically known to trap extra air. Additionally, chewing gum and sucking on hard candy are culprits. The fix: Focus on eating slowly and mindfully, and chewing your food thoroughly so your digestive enzymes have time to start processing the food before it hits your stomach. Avoiding carbonated beverages, gum, and hard candies can also help. Plus, most gum and hard candies have artificial sweeteners in them, which can also contribute to bloating.
Gas: Gas can form from undigested food fermenting in the intestine, constipation, or taking certain medications. The most common gas-forming foods include cabbage, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beans, peas, lentils, fatty/greasy foods, and other fibrous foods. You don’t want to completely eliminate all of these foods from your diet, as most of them have a ton of added nutritional benefits and can help keep you satiated during the day! Plus, you may notice that you are able to tolerate a small serving of these fibrous foods, such as half a cup...
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