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    Friday, July 30, 2010

    10 Tips on Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence

    1.Belching is caused by swallowed air from:
    Eating or drinking too fast
    Poorly fitting dentures; not chewing food completely
    Carbonated beverages
    Chewing gum or sucking on hard candies
    Excessive swallowing due to nervous tension or postnasal drip
    Forced belching to relieve abdominal discomfort

    2.To prevent excessive belching, avoid:
    Carbonated beverages
    Chewing gum
    Hard candies
    Simethicone may be helpful

    3.Abdominal bloating and discomfort may be due to intestinal sensitivity or symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. To relieve symptoms, avoid:
    Baked beans
    Carbonated drinks
    Chewing gum
    Hard candy

    4.Abdominal distention resulting from weak abdominal muscles:
    Is better in the morning
    Gets worse as the day progresses
    Is relieved by lying down

    5.To prevent Abdominal distention:
    Tighten abdominal muscles by pulling in your stomach several times during the day
    So sit-up exercises if possible
    Wear an abdominal support garment if exercise is too difficult

    6.Flatulence is gas created through bacterial action in the bowel and passed rectally. Keep in mind that:
    10-18 passages per day are normal
    Primary gases are harmless and odorless
    Noticeable smells are trace gases related to food intake

    7.Foods that are likely to form gas include:
    Milk, dairy products, and medications that contain lactose--If your body doesn't produce the enzyme (lactase) to break it down.
    Certain vegetables--baked beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage
    Certain starches--wheat, oats, corn, potatoes. Rice is a good substitute.

    8.If flatulence is a concern, see your doctor to determine if you are lactose intolerant.

    9.Identify offending foods. Reduce or eliminate these gas-forming foods from your diet.

    10.Activated Charcoal may provide some benefit.

    Please remember, as with all our articles we provide information, not medical advice. For any treatment of your own medical condition you must visit your local doctor, with or without our article[s]. These articles are not to be taken as individual medical advice.

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    1. Great post. After years of blindness, my Heartburn and bloating forced me to swear off dairy and I'm glad I did.

      Ken D Berry MD

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