There’s no question that bloating, belching, and flatulence can be uncomfortable — and embarrassing! But trying to stop gas with over-the-counter remedies can make the problem worse. Instead, I encourage you to try three easy remedies to relieve gas naturally.
One of the biggest causes of excessive gas and bloat is protein. It takes a lot of hydrochloric acid from the stomach to break down protein—and if there isn’t enough to break it down completely you end up with undigested protein that, quite frankly, is really smelly. To avoid this issue:
Unlike Europeans, Americans to eat salad before a meal, but it should be eaten along with or after protein foods. The reason is that the carbohydrates in salads require no hydrochloric acid, but your stomach still uses it. Then, when the protein food needs the hydrochloric acid there isn’t enough left—leading to digestive issues.
One or two tablets of betaine hydrochloride AFTER your meal can boost your body’s supply of hydrochloric acid. You want your stomach to produce as much acid as it can before adding the additional acid.
Digestive enzymes can help re-acidify your intestinal tract and improve your overall digestive capabilities. Find a product that includes enzymes to help you digest the three main types of nutrients: proteases (for proteins), lipases (for fats), and amylases (for carbohydrates).
When undigested complex sugar compounds (from foods such as legumes and grains) reach the intestines, they begin to ferment and release gas. That’s where good molds come in. Friendly molds exist and they are the “secret weapon” behind Beano.
Beano contains an enzyme taken from the food grade mold “Aspergillus niger” that helps break down complex sugars—which are tough for your body to digest. By adding a few drops of Beano to your first bite of food, you can help prevent gas formation before it starts.
Warning: Beano may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, especially those sensitive to molds (or mold derived products like penicillin). Persons who have the hereditary condition called galactosemia (the inability to convert galactose to glucose) should also avoid Beano.
Ultimately, if you want to protect your body from gas over the long term, it's imperative to have a robust and healthy colonization of "good" probiotic bacteria in your gut to overcome the “bad” bacteria. A great way to help grow friendly intestinal bacteria is to include more cultured and fermented foods in your diet.
Naturally fermented, "live" foods have been around since the beginning of humankind. Here are some of the most complete probiotic foods available:
My favorite fermented food (besides unpasteurized beer, of course!) is homemade sauerkraut. It provides one of the widest varieties of probiotic bacteria that are known to be a remedy for bloated stomach, excessive gas, and other digestive issues.
During those times when you're not home or don't have access to homemade sauerkraut or other naturally fermented foods, I recommend taking a quality probiotic supplement.