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how to control gases?

Ok, this is crazy but how do I cure gases. Sometimes its embarrassing.

Tue. Jan 23, 5:05pm

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man, if i could control my gas, my boyfriend would be so much happier!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 10:00 PM

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Here is a link to a nice article (hope the link works, I always mistrust these complex inks, but I like this writeup).
One thing you would take away from this article is that several causes are possible and a treatment that works for one may do nothing for another. Beano, for example, si an enzyme that breaks down specific complex sugars that some people don't digest well. If you have that problem and eat something containing those particular sugars, Beano would probably help. But if your problem is lactose intolerance, Beano wouldn't help, but some other things might, or you could just limit your dairy intake.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 10:16 PM

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I am not the OP but thanks for the link. It was very helpful

Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 11:01 PM

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I agree - really informative link. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 11:39 PM

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The book _Food Your Miracle Medicine_ by Jean Carper has an entire chapter called, "Foolproof Remedies for Gas". I can't type in the whole chapter, but, if your problem is one or more food triggers, she says that a food generally will produce peak gas between 3-5 hours after eating it, then should decline thereafter. So, if you notice gas production starting & can remember what you ate 3-5 hours ago, that may help you determine your food triggers, if that is the problem.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 10:26 AM

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Here are some things that help me--Maybe it can help you, too...

1) Gasses from high fiber & Grains... CHEW your food thoroughly-- For instance, I love to eat Kashi Go Lean... I notice that if I don't chew it enough, I get horrible gassiness....Chewing helps with digestion, so making sure to chew thoroughly seems to really help...

2) Lactose Intolerance - I can't drink plain millk. However, i find that if I eat some yogurt before drinking milk (or a little yogurt with the milk), I don't get the gas attacks...

3) Eat less of the offending food - I can't seem to tolerate onions very well, so I try to limit my intake of them....

I personally can't take Beano because it's created from a mold, and causes me to get hives (from my mold allergy)....

Hope that this helps!

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 2:34 AM

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You might want to read up on the concept of food combining - eating certain foods together can create a build-up of gases. I can't give you an example because I tuned out of that chunk of information from the naturopath giving the lecture because I'd rather put up with a little gas than give up favorite dishes.

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 4:16 PM

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building on the above poster - milk + caffeine sets me off. either one alone is totally fine. but only god can help the people around me if i choose to have a latte.

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 4:50 AM

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OP here,

thanks to everyone for the insightful information!

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 7:16 PM

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