What can I do about gas in my digestive tract?

Changing what you eat and drink can help prevent or reduce gas. If you feel you have too much gas, you might want to try some of the things listed below before going to the doctor:

Cut down on foods that cause gas: The amount of gas caused by certain foods varies from person to person. The only way to know your own limits is to keep track of what you eat and how much gas it causes later.Some foods that cause gas are: Beans Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, artichokes, and asparagus Fruits such as pears, apples, and peaches Whole grains, such as whole wheat and bran Soft drinks and fruit drinks Milk and milk products, such as cheese and ice cream Packaged foods that contain lactose, a type of sugar; bread, cereal, and salad dressing are examples Dietetic foods and sugar-free candies and gums Drink plenty of water and clear soup but not "fizzy" liquids: Try not to drink liquids that cause gas, like soda and beer. Reduce the amount of air you swallow: Here are some ways to avoid swallowing air: Eat slower and chew more to cut down on the amount of air you swallow when you eat Avoid chewing gum and eating hard candy If you smoke, try to cut down or quit If you have false teeth, see your dentist to make sure they fit right Keep a diary: Write down the foods, and the amounts, that seem to cause you the most problems. In addition, keep track of the number of times you pass gas each day.

If you are still troubled by gas, you may want to see your doctor. Take your diary with you to answer the doctor's questions about your eating habits and symptoms.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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