Everyone passes gas in some way or the other. Some people let out the excess gas by burping while some let out the excess gas by passing flatulence. Passing gas 13 to 21 times a day is considered normal by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). However, sometimes, the excess gas remains in the stomach which is also known as stomach bloating. Excess gas can have minor and major consequences. It is normal to experience some gas after eating but there are certain tips and measures you can take to prevent gas problems:
Know your triggers: Different food items affect different people in different ways. Therefore, in order to minimize gas problems, it is imperative to understand your triggers. Once you know what your triggers are, you can work on a diet chart that will help you reduce gastric problems with the help of a dietitian.
Have all the important meals of the day: It is never wise to skip a meal as it can lead to gas problems internally as well as lead to other external problems like weakness, headaches, dizziness, etc. In addition to having all the meals, it is also very important to chew your food slowly and have your meals while sitting in one place.
Quit smoking: We all know that smoking is injurious to health and one of the negative consequences of smoking is gas. That’s because while smoking we inhale smoke which leads to the formation of gas in the stomach.
Try over-the-counter medicines: If nothing seems to work, you can always use over-the-counter medicines that are available to treat gas. However, it is never a good idea to depend on these OTC medicines on a daily basis. In addition to that, always talk to an expert before consuming OTC medicines as they can have side effects.
Check for underlying health conditions: If your eating habits are in order and you still find yourself becoming a victim of gas, it is recommended that you see a gastroenterologist at the earliest. Health problems like lactose intolerance, colon cancer, etc are known to cause gastric problems.
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