Tips for excessive gas and BLOATING?

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   Posted 1/31/2011 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
I was just wondering if any of you have any tips for reducing gas and bloating? Ginger tea used to help me whenever I feel bloated, but right now they don't seem to help. Would appreciate some tips/ideas.
Thank you.

Aussie Chris
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   Posted 1/31/2011 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure about the ginger tea but Fennel Tea is amazing for me ! Just buy the seeds from a healthfood type shop and a tea strainer and give that a go, amazing stuff.

Other than than a good probiotic can help, I take one and it seems to help a lot - but you might need to try more than one as the first one I tried did the opposite and gave me more bloating and gas - not fun at all.

Is it just the GERD causing the bloating for you?


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   Posted 1/31/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,

Thank you for the fennel tea and probiotic tip.

I have not been diagnosed with GERD; I actually went to the doctor's for a horrible chest pain and burping, I was told it's most likely a serious case of gastric. Was given omeprazole and arcoxia, and now I'm feeling better already, the pain has subsided. I don't know if I have GERD or not, but it seems that this is the best place to ask about bloating, gas or heartburn :)


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   Posted 1/31/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Gas bloating is mainly from maldigestion, I read in a Medscape issue. It can also signal celiac, appendicitis or a gallbladder problem.

The only real cure I know for the simple maldigestion is avoidance of gas producing foods: bread, gassy vegetables, milk (for a lot of people). You can find good lists and explanations on lots of websites.

Rice does not cause gas, but potatoes do. I get along fine with Lactaid milk, but not when chewing the pills, although they will help, quickly, if I accidentally get a big dose of lactose.

Soluble fiber, artificial sweeteners, sugars and complex carbohydrates cause gas.

Adding yogurt or probiotics can help. If you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria you can get a Rx for Rifoximen.

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   Posted 1/31/2011 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pinks,
Glad to hear the med is helping you !

Bay Leaf is another good old fashioned remedy that works well for bloating. Add one bay leaf to a large cup of boiling water. Let steep for 2 to 3 minutes and then drink as hot as you can stand it and as quickly as you can. Both the hot water and the bay leaf will help eliminate excess gas.
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   Posted 1/31/2011 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Ahh, I was thinking the yogurt would help :) I love potatoes so I guess that is one of the many foods I'll have to cut back on.


This is the first time I'm hearing about bay leaf. Too bad I don't have any at the moment, but I'll grab some on my next groceries-shopping trip and try that!

Lots of thanks!

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   Posted 2/5/2011 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   

I'd advise to get tested for lactose & fructose malabsorption. Both of these can be done via a simple hydrogen breath test. Celiac is also another possibility, but a little harder to test for. You can try a week of no wheat and see if makes a difference.

Doctors are so stupid, and often the above doesn't even come into the equation. The reality is they are all common and often misdiagnosed (or not diagnosed).

Also start keeping a food journal and write down everything you eat as it may help you pinpoint what the cause is.

Hope this helps.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pinks,
I have been learning so much from all the contributors since I joined, and one of the things ... what works for the one might not work for others .. but both my husband and I found digestive enzymes a great help, a miracle in fact.  I had bad sticky phlegm reflux problems,(gave me bronchitis twice in three months, ending up in lung problems ..)  and he just had plain bad indigestion .. he burped (extremely loudly!!), had gas problems and felt bloated . so when I learnt about digestive enzymes on the internet and it helped me, suggested he should take it too .. and it helped!!  Hooray!!
Not everybody will agree with me ... but enzymes is the station where our digestive "train" departs .. and unfortunately as we get older, and because of our bad eating habits, these disappear.  We forget that although we're told that veges are good for us,  we kill all the enzymes thru cooking same!  I read the other day:   Enzymes play the same role in digestion as spark plugs in a motor car engine ....
So this just a thought - I think its worthwhile researching how our digestive system works from A - Z, to give us a better understanding of all our problems.
Just sowing a seed ...   good luck!!
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