If intestinal gas causes bloating, discomfort, or embarrassment you may be tempted to limit your intake of certain foods. The problem is that you then limit the range of vitamins and minerals that help keep you healthy.
Here’s how to avoid gas producing foods:
Know what to look for. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, some common foods and substances can trigger symptoms in sensitive individuals. The AGA advises patients to be aware of the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities. You can then prepare to manage your symptoms. Essentially, the distinction depends on:
- severity of reaction
- amount of trigger ingested
- symptoms such as: itching in the mouth, progress to vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, and even lead to a drop in blood pressure, asthma and skin reactions such as hives or eczema.
The physicians’ group advises: “Many people think they have food allergies. Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body’s immune system. Allergic reactions to food can cause serious illness and, in some cases, death.”
In reality, most people’s symptoms are caused by intolerances to foods such as:
- Wheat and other gluten-containing grains (celiac disease).
- Sugar found in fruits and honey (fructose intolerance).
- Cow’s milk and dairy products (lactose intolerance). Lactose can also be found even in ” ‘nondairy’ products, which are derived from milk; salad dressing; prepared foods such as breakfast cereals and bread.”Click on the link to view a more comprehensive list.
- Gluten, which “… is found primarily in wheat, barley and rye, but may also be in products you use every day, including some medicines and vitamins and even in stamp and envelope glue.”
Keep a food- and activity diary. Note what you eat and what, if any, symptoms you experience. With a little record-keeping and detective work, you’ll isolate your triggers. Once you’ve compiled a list of ‘suspect’ foods or substances, experiment by avoiding each in its turn. Note any change in your symptoms. Your journal will be a good starting point for a conversation with your doctor.
Only your doctor can perform the required tests to determine which food is the source of your gas pain and bloating. As always, keep CharcoCaps on hand to quickly relieve your symptoms.
Consult your health care professional regarding symptom management and treatment options.