I realize that this is probably not a topic you’ll discuss at your next cocktail party, but excess gas and bloating is very uncomfortable and embarrassing. Gas is eliminated by burping or passing through the rectum. The average person produces about 1-3 pints of gas daily, and passes gas about 14 times.
High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes that you eat to stay healthy, are notorious for causing gas.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce gas, without sacrificing good health. Here are 4 tips for reducing gas in menopause:
Reduce Swallowed Air
Each time you eat or drink, you are swallowing air and some of that air ends up in the lower digestive tract. When you eat too fast, sip through a straw, chew gum, or suck on hard candies, you are swallowing even more air. Eliminate or cut down on carbonated beverages.
Indulge in refreshing peppermint tea. It not only improves digestion, but also relaxes your mind and body. If you are not a tea drinker, try adding a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water.
As you age, your gut is not as efficient and you produce fewer digestive enzymes. You want to buy a quality supplement that break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Ask for assistance at a health food store.
Pre-Soak Beans and Lentils
Who doesn’t love a nice hot bowl of beans or lentils? There’s no need to give up these nutritious and delicious foods. The day before you want to cook, soak in water with one tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar for every cup of beans.
What have you tried to reduce embarrassing gas?