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Flatulence (Gas)

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Comment from: Practical, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 08

I've had problems with extremely pungent gas all my life and pretty consistent. I had decided it was normal when my family chose to adopt a whole food plant based diet and my stinky flatulence went away. I still pass gas but not nearly as much and not stinky. I eat lots of beans, vegetables, grains, and fruits but I avoid all dairy, meat, sugar, oils, and processed foods. My personal opinion is that sugar is the biggest culprit. It is so ubiquitous in our culture that one consumes a lot of it without even knowing it; just look at the ingredient list of any prepared, processed food from tomato soup to granola bars to yogurt. Beans, broccoli and cabbage are generally blamed, but I've found that they are only a problem when coupled with sugars. Stay away from sugars and the problem goes away.

Comment from: Luci, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

Someone posted on line that fennel seeds help with gas issues and I have found that it does work. I bought a bottle in the spice section of the grocery store and just put a little in my hand and chew them slowly before swallowing each time my tummy/bowels start acting up, and it has helped. You may have to try different amounts to see what works for you, but it is an inexpensive solution and will hopefully help you too!

Comment from: beedee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

Ginger or garlic tea helps my intestinal gas.

Comment from: zimexlady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have made two trips to the emergency room with horrible stomach pains only to discover it is gas. Last night from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., I rolled on the floor, and did waist bends rocking back and forth on the edge of my bed to force the gas out. It took six hours to relieve the pain little-by-little before I could fall asleep. The ER did a CAT scan and X-ray that showed nothing was wrong. Beginning today, I am going to omit fiber and fruit from my diet. I truly believe that is the cause. All this "healthy" eating is making me miserable! I intend to try the above suggestion of ginger ale even though I have not had a soda since 1969.

Comment from: jerfired, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

If you drink ginger, make sure what you drink is real ginger. Few of the "Ginger Ale" beverages on the grocer's shelves actually contain ginger. Make it yourself. Go to the produce rack and get a handful of ginger root (it's very cheap). Slice some of it up or pound it awhile with your mortar and pestle, then boil. I like adding honey. How much to boil, for how long? As with any other tea, that depends on how strong you want it. The first time I tried it, the first sip nearly blew my scalp off! :-D This stuff can be very strong, so sip your first sip, er, gingerly. It is a remarkably tasty and healthy drink.

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