How gases are formed?
Gases come from several sources
1 – Food: An important source of gas is the consumption of complex sugars (ex.: peanuts, bagels, cauliflowers, tofu, corn, pasta, etc.) that are not transformed in absorbed sugars. When theses sugars make their way into the intestine, bacteria use them as food to form gases. Soda and beer are other important sources of flatulence. These drinks contain a lot of acid which would explain the presence of bubbles in the liquids. Food without sugar contains sorbitol or fructose, ingredients that are substituted of sugar that is hardly absorbed and promote the formation of gas in intestines.
- Avoid complex types of food that are high in sugar
- Avoid carbonated beverages
- Avoid sugar substitutes or lower their consumption
- Exercise your body
- Avoid talking while eating
- Avoid chewing gum
- Avoid drinking too much while eating
- Fix your dentures if necessary
3 – Lactase Deficiency: If you suffer from a lack of lactase in your system, you will not be able to digest the lactose contained in dairy products very easily. In this case, lactose will be fermented by bacteria which, in turn, will cause gas. A deficiency of lactase causes gas along with diarrhea, cramps and/or abdominal pains.
What is the solution?
- Avoid dairy products if you are sensitive to them
- Take enzyme lactase (ex. Lactaid)
Here are two other treatments, aside from enzyme lactase, that can help you prevent or relieve flatulence:
- Activated Charcoal for medical use:
This has to be taken with every meal. The charcoal has an unpleasant taste and can make your stools become black. Its effectiveness has not entirely been proven yet but it is simply another option to try when all else fails.