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How to Stop Gas, Bloating, Discomfort, and Indigestion

Updated on May 19, 2009

Gas and Indigestion: A Serious Problem

No cutesy jokes, or anecdotes with this one folks. Millions of people die from flatulence every year, and we should remember their sacrifice. It is my duty to these poor people to teach y'all how to stop gas and indigestion.

You may think that farting is a natural fact of life, but this is a common fallacy.  You do not have to suffer from gas, you do not have to suffer from indigestion.  This is the 21st century, and the  kind folks at the pharmeceutical companies have developed many quality products to fight gas and indigestion - and the symptoms that go along with it!  So never fear, for after reading my advice there's a good chance you'll never face the horrors of bloating and the putrid smells of flatulence ever again.

Eating Right to Stop Gas and Indigestion

A proper diet is a key factor in stopping gas and indigestion. A man, let's call him Gassy Gregory, once thought that he could eat whatever he wanted without consequence. Well let's just say that Gassy Greg's diet of beans, broccoli, peanuts, and dairy did no favors in helping him earn friends!

If you are serious about stopping gas right in it's tracks, then you will need to make the following changes to your diet, boy!

  1. Chew your food and stay keep quiet while eating.  Your saliva contains enzymes such as amylase which require time to digest the starch in your mouth.  Allowing your mouth to do some of the work will assist your gastrointestinal system in it's job and improve digestion in general.  This should help cut back on some of the gas produced.  Say goodbye fart!
  2. Avoid trouble foods.  Experience will tell you what foods your body has trouble digesting, and you should listen to it!  Some common gassy foods are legumes (beans), stalk vegetables (broccoli), dair products (milk, yogurt, cheese), dried fruits (raisins), and others (cabbage!!).
  3. Drink green tea.  Green tea is known to aid the digestion of food after meals, and can even increase ones metabolism!  Gas free and thin?!  Sign me up!

Medicine to Stop Gas in its Tracks

In addition to a proper diet you may have to look for anti-gas medicine and supplements.  Medicine for gas and irritable bowel syndrome is generally over the counter and can be purchased at your local pharmacy or online from the links below:

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      Cynthia 

      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi tesfahun... hard as it might be, you could look to removing some items from your diet that could be creating your extreme acid situation. I know that coffee and spicy meat dishes, as well as teff and wheat flour, are all pretty common (and, sadly, delicious) items in an Ethiopian diet. These are all going to create an acid situation-- that can lead to cancer. I suggest you try changing to a more alkaline way of eating... check out what that means... usually more greens, fresh fruits, and non-grain dishes (using quinoa or amaranth flour instead of teff, for example). It also means cutting down on meat and animal fats and cutting way back on the hot spices. Drink lots of water. Try this for a week or so and see if it makes a significant difference. All the best!

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      tesfahun haile 

      6 years ago

      i am 28 years old man from ethiopia.i have had these gas and stomach discomfort problem for more than 6 years.doctors told me that i am lactse intolerance.i cant eat milk and its products.my blood type is b+.is that something to do with it?and sometimesan acid comes into my mouth .i have been told that i have acute gastrite acid problems.i have been checked by endoscopy.what would u advice me to do

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      Logan 

      6 years ago

      I have gas and nothing will stop it My collides think I am rude. What should I do

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      Chelsea 

      6 years ago

      there are only two places in your body where starches are digested, the first is mentioned in the article: in your mouth. Your saliva contains the enzyme amylase which breaks them down. The other is (surprise) your gall bladder! so without a gall bladder, improperly chewed starches are just going to sit in your stomach or your intestines and rot. Like literally. They will rot, ferment, and produce the gases that organic matter produces when it rots. Starches especially produce some pretty noxious gases. And FYI, starches include breads, pasta, potatoes, and pretty much every fruit and vegetable.

      Therefore: you do not need a band-aid solution, like the ones outlined in this article, what you need is a good digestive enzyme, containing high amounts of amylase to break down starch and possibly some additional HCl. (hydrochloric acid, what's in your stomach acid) They come in capsules, they are inexpensive, and you just take 1 or 2 caps with each meal! Simple as that.

      A herbal tea which is also helpful to relieve gas in fennel seed tea. It tastes and smells like black licorice.

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      KATHY 

      6 years ago

      IF I TAKE THESE OR OTHER MEDICINES FOR GAS, THEN I GET DIRREHA. SO, WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT GAS, STOMACH BLOATING AND DIRREHA? I HAVE HAD THIS ISSUE FOR THE LAST 9 YEARS AND IT BEGAN WHEN MY GALL BLADDER WAS REMOVED, I USE TO HAVE A FLAT STOMACH, NO ISSUES AND NO GAS AT ALL. NOW IT IS 24/7.

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      stomach bloating 

      8 years ago

      You pointed out some good ways to stop stomach bloating and gas. There are a few other things to consider. Some people are deficient in enzymes or gastric stomach acid which prevents good digestion.

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