“Nick, mu mala...si vintu. Ni ma bubbles daily!” Anyone that’s ever struggled with gas issues knows how brutally embarrassing this situation can be💨. Well, for some... Others shamelessly let it rip and turn around to defend their actions by saying “Ni normal muntu wandi, it’s nature.” 😒For those of us with courtesy and a desire to preserve our dignity I want to give you a few nutritional adjustments to address any unpleasant situation.
What is gas?
Gas is the result of two things: 1. Fermentation of food (carbs & fibers) in the large intestine. It's basically undigested food that's starting to rot. That explains the smelly aspect of it. 2. The other side of gas is excess air consumed being expelled, which is something commonly experienced when you burp. NB: What doesn't get released up top gets released down below.
What causes gas in general?
Swallowing air. A common side effect of frequently chewing gum and/or smoking. Another way that you tend to swallow air is aggressively eating or drinking fluid. Gas in the form of burping is how your body ejects excess air swallowed through the the above mentioned activities.
Drinking carbonated drinks in the form of beer🍺 and regular sodas🥤.
Drinking milk 🥛(or eating cheese🧀) when you're lactose intolerant. Gas occurs when your body struggles to break down the food you've ingested. How do you know that you're lactose intolerant? Pour yourself a glass of milk and observe your body's reaction after consumption. The rebellion from your stomach won't take a long time if you're intolerant and that's how you know.
Eating spicy foods🌶 🥵. The nature of spicy foods tends to irritate the stomach for those unaccustomed to it and unsettle the rectum when it eventually makes it's way down there. It's either a riot in your belly or trumpets at the other end. Or both.
A high fiber diet (wholegrains & bran from popular weight loss breakfast cereals, beans, fruits & various vegetables particularly cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower & asparagus). Fiber is not digested by your body, it simply goes in one way and out the other. What causes gas is a buildup of fiber in your large intestine. People battling constipation are often also burdened with gas and bloating issues. A remedy is for you to increase your intake of warm fluids to stimulate some movement and soften things for an exit the other way. Best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You can reduce your gas and constipation💩 issues this way.
How can you overcome it?
Avoid carbonated drinks. This means beer and most of your favorite sodas. Consider non carbonated drinks such tea☕️, water💧 or juice and swap beer for alcohol in the form of dry wine🍷, vodka, gin, tequila or whiskey🥃 as an alternative. Skip the sugar-loaded, carbonated mixer and stick to water💧 and ice❄️.
Avoid dairy products (milk🥛, cheese🧀, ice-cream🍨 etc.) if you're lactose intolerant. Consider unsweetened fortified almond milk as an alternative.
Limit gum chewing and reduce the speed🌪 with which you chew it. This goes for consumption of food & drink in general as well. Eating and drinking in a hurry creates gas issues from swallowed air so slow it down.
Gradually build your tolerance to spicy meals 🌶🥵 by incrementally adjusting the quantities of spices added to your food over time.
Consider cutting down on your fiber rich diet to lessen the build up of undigestable foods and provide some relief to your system.
Bonus tips: Activated charcoal and a lactase supplement are short term supplements to consider if you're experiencing a severe bout of gas. Activated charcoal has been shown to reduce the formation of gas in the colon while lactase is an enzyme that will help your body break down lactose from dairy products. This is of particular importance for those that are unwilling to give up dairy despite the intolerance. Both are available at your local health stores & pharmacies.
Learning how to silence farts doesn’t make them any less deadly so stop punishing your neighbor. Burping isn't a lesser evil btw, people burnt by your dragon breath🗣 🔥 might be too polite to tell you so please, spare them.