. . . the more you eat the more you toot . . . the more you toot the better you feel . . . so eat your beans with every meal!” Well, I don’t know about beans for every meal, but they may have a point, about the feeling better, that is. However, due to societal restrictions and puritan morality, the completely natural passing of gas is frowned upon. Unless you’ve got a sense of humor that is. It’s unfortunate, really. However, if you’re around people who don’t appreciate a little fart humor now and then and/or people who have a sensitive sense of smell, you may want to read on to find out how to get rid of gas.
What Causes Gas?
Gas and bloating, whether it goes out as burps or as farts, may have a number of different causes. One way it happens because there are bacteria in our guts that in helping us digest food, have the byproduct of additional gas. That, of course, builds up until it passes one way or t’other. There are other side effects such as when you’re just not ok with certain foods because you’re lactose intolerant. Other times, certain foods, antibiotics, or medications will cause those gut bacteria to get all uppity. This is socially unfortunate, or (if you’re 12, or a male of any age) pretty funny.
Best Ways to Relieve Gas Now
Exercise a bit.
By exercising, you help the digestion. The more help you give your digestion (by speeding it up a bit because the body needs that blood a-movin’), there’s less time for the bacteria to laze about building up the gas. So, some stomach crunches, light running, or even a bit of a walk is a good idea. And heck, it may even improve your general outlook on life and your well being. It’s definitely a win-win.
Simethicone relieves gas by breaking down gas bubbles trapped in your stomach so the gas passes swifter, and without the explosive flatulence that is required of many teen movies. You can find it in Alka-Seltzer, Rolaids, or Gas-X (sold at Amazon), as well as Mylanta Gas Relief and Maalox Anti-Gas. There aren’t any noted side-effects, but if you’re concerned, it’s always a good idea to chat with the old doctor.
Watch the dairy.
Dairy and lactose intolerance can cause gas (if not something worse) in the ol’ digestive tract. You’ll want to watch the diet. I’d recommend a food journal, that way if you’re having a high-tootin’ day, you can check what you’ve eaten in the last 24 hours. That will help you make better dietary decisions…because, besides dairy…
High fiber diets can cause gas.
Not a real big surprise there, honestly. Anything that helps the old digestive tract bacteria will likely increase gas. You’ll want to check again with your dietary journal. If you just had an entire can of metamucil, and you feel a big load of gas a-comin’, well. That’s an easy fix.
Take a supplement to get rid of gas.
Sometimes eating complex carbohydrates cause gas. Beans, Brocolli, and other similar foods can cause bouts of gas. Supplements that have alpha-galactosidase will help digestion. Taking a supplement like Bean-o or Vitacost with meals will help prevent gas. You can find Bean-o at Amazon.
If you’ve got persistent gas problems, talk to a doctor.
It could be a sign of something a bit more serious. Kidney stones, ulcers, IBS, any number of problems could cause persistent gas. Talking to a medical professional will help get to the bottom (ha!) of the problem.
Natural Gas Remedies
Activated Charcoal, taken before or after eating, can reduce gassiness and bloating during digestion — but can also result in irregular bowel movements.
Ginger. Eating fresh ginger root and drinking ginger tea aids digestion. To make ginger tea, pour 1 ½ cups of boiling water over 1 ½ teaspoons of grated ginger root. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then strain the mixture into a large mug. Eating half a teaspoon of fresh or dried ginger before meals can also help prevent gas.
Peppermint. It’s a well known natural remedy for digestive problems. We’d recommend it in the form of oil or tea.
Dill pickles. Eat one small dill pickle or drink 1 tablespoon of dill pickle juice to reduce flatulence. However, be careful not to overindulge on pickles as excess salt can cause bloating.