How to Put the Squeeze on Excessive Flatulence
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How to Put the Squeeze on Excessive Flatulence

How to avoid flatulence. Avoiding foods that cause gas.

I know some of you may think this is an odd subject. Some of you may even say it stinks. But the truth is that we all suffer from flatulence. It's a natural occurrence after all. Everyone produces gas within their bodies and it must be expelled but some of us may have a bit more than what is considered normal.

Excessive flatulence can not only be embarasing but it can be painful as well. It can also have a detrimental effect on our mental well being. I know there have been several times when I have passed up a social event or a dinner date because of the uncomfortable condition my stomach was in. There are other times when I've had to leave a grocery store or step outside of someones home because of the pain I was holding within. I know many of you are nodding in agreement at this very moment. Certainly it was better for me to leave the room than for the room of people to leave me.

Before I get to the remedies for this condition, I would like to first explore its causes. Flatulence can be caused by many things. Food allergies such as lactose intolerance, certain foods in general and irritable bowel syndrome otherwise known as I.B.S.

Lactose Intolerance: Most people who are lactose intolerant know it and thereby will not suffer so long as they abstain from milk products. Some of us may love milk products and are full of the painful gas as a result. If so you may be intolerant. If you find yourself doubling over after eating ice cream, or shortly after a morning bowl of cereal it would be correct to assume that you mat be lactose intolorant and you may want to see a doctor or dietitian for proper diagnosis.

Foods: Foods that inspire the winds to blow are many. They are not limited to the legume family as many may assume. Foods that are high in fiber or that are difficult to digest can be particularly noxious. Some of the leaders are mainly leafy vegetables such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, collards, and turnip greens. While these are certainly delicious and great for our bodies they are serious gas producers. Some others are Asparagus, beans of all types (naturally), fruits such as apples, peaches, plums, papaya, and mango. Others that are not in the fruit and vegetable category are turkey, bologna, hot dogs, and sausage. Liquids such as Beer, milk, and almost all juices especially prune juice (a known laxative.)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I.B.S. sufferers have excessive flatulence and loose stool almost all of the time. They suffer flatulence from almost anything they eat. Most of these folks have to see a gastroenterologist for help  with a proper diagnosis and treatment.

What can we do about Flatulence? My mother in law used to walk around expelling gas at will. She used to sound like the tuba player in a marching band and her favorite saying was "It's better to be in the shame than to be in the pain." Such a philosophy on her condition while profound, wasn't for me."

Today the simplest cure may be to go and see your pharmacist. There are many products on the market that will take the wind out of your sails, so to speak. Beano, and Pepto bismol are probably the most common.

There are also many natural home remedies that you could try. Some foods that tend to reduce gas production are as follows: Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Some other good gas reducers are crackers, yogurt, squash and herbal tea.

Planning: This is my favorite because I happen to enjoy most of the foods responsible for excessive flatulence. If I know I have a dinner date it probably wouldn't be a good idea to have chili or corned beef and cabbage for lunch. Know yourself. Keep a log on your refrigerator of the foods that affect you the most and try to avoid them before any important engagement or meeting. This way you can still enjoy these foods and never be "In the shame."

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I have to admit I was laughing out loud to this response. As you know when you're in the mood to write something, you just write it, lest you forget it. So I wrote it. I have an English Bull Dog that is the fall guy for much of my flatulence (He's a real stand up pup.) My wife seldom believes my condemnation of our pet but at least it distracts her enough to forget about it for a minute. AHH Mans best friend truely is the canine.

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