The important meeting that you have been preparing for is about to begin. You walk towards the conference room and with each step you feel a rumble in your tummy that whirls downward. Your fears are coming to realization as you gently sit at the conference table. You can feel the sensation – lower, and lower, and … poof! Silent, maybe, but dangerous just the same, you avoid eye contact with those in the room. It’s not the way you wanted to begin your presentation!
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Let’s face it. Gas and bloating are uncomfortable as well as embarrassing. No one wants to be in the throes of gassiness. It’s the law of nature; there are foods that make you bloated and gassy. When you eat too fast, swallow too much air, or make a dietary change, you can be the victim of discomfort. Let’s take a look at a few of the surprising foods that may cause gas and bloating.
Bloating and gas from drinking beer is all about how enzymes and sugars break down in your body. Beer contains sugar and a complex array of plant-based grains that can play havoc in your intestines. One of the ingredients in beer is live yeast cells. As beer travels through your digestive tract, it can kill beneficial bacteria, the same bacteria needed to alleviate gas and bloating. Enjoy your beer in moderation.
You may need an energy boost, but too much caffeine can cause the digestive track to tense, causing reflux, gas, and bloating. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other sources of caffeine, may be the source of your flatulence.
Soft drinks, with their fizz and bubbly nature, may satisfy your craving for something sweet and refreshing, but the fizz can cause air pockets, resulting in excessive gas and discomfort. Fizz, along with the added sugars, is the problem. As they make their way through your gut, flatulence may occur. Think twice before drinking soda and soft drinks.
Cheese, ice cream, milk, and other dairy products contain lactose, a sugar that can cause bloating, gas, constipation, and abdominal discomfort. If you are one of the many who are lactose intolerant, skip dairy.
When foods high in carbohydrates, such as potatoes and corn, break down and pass through your intestines, gas can occur. Pastas, cereals, some breads, and wheat, all can cause bloating and discomfort. Rice, although high in carbohydrates, does not cause bloating or gas.
Wheat is the major source of gluten in our food chain. For some people, gluten may be difficult to break down in the digestive track. For this reason, many people are allergic to gluten and the severe side effects it can cause, including abdominal pain and gassiness. Again, it’s all about how our body’s enzymes work to break down food as it passes through the intestines. There are many healthy gluten-free food choices to avoid painful encounters of this kind.
If you love chewing gum, check the label for sorbitol, a sugar that can cause gas and bloating. If you swallow air while chewing gum with sorbitol, you may even experience stomach cramps. Chewing gum is okay; pick the appropriate time to avoid embarrassing moments.
Some diet foods, such as potato chips and snack foods contain olestra. Olestra is a man-made food additive that replaces oils and fats, creating a lower calorie food. It has been known to cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea, in some instances. Artificial sweeteners have been known to cause gas and bloating as well. It is best to avoid man-made alternative foods and stick with foods from Mother Earth. Choose whole, fresh food varieties for good health.
Pears, apples, and prunes are a few of the fruits that contain sorbitol, a form of sugar that is known to cause gas and bloating. Besides sorbitol, fruits also contain soluble fiber, which produces gas in the large intestine.
Some vegetables contain sugars that can cause intestinal gas as they land in your stomach and are digested. The insoluble fiber in vegetables, such as peas and cabbage, is good for you, but can cause painful gas and bloating. Soluble fiber, found in vegetables like carrots and turnips, can digest without bloating or gas. If you love vegetables, there are over-the-counter remedies to take before eating to avoid pain and discomfort.
Of course, we all know that beans (magical fruit) contain insoluble fiber that promotes gas. Passing gas is a sign of a normal, healthy gut. Learn to eat the foods you love in moderation and at the appropriate time in your schedule. Avoid embarrassing situations, like conference room encounters, by planning your meals. Eating slowly and chewing food completely before swallowing is always a good rule. You might want to reconsider an 8 am bowl of oatmeal before a 9 am meeting. Eat healthy, be smart, and enjoy life.
Source: Fitness Republic
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