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Do you suffer from chronic gas and bloating after eating? Most likely the excessive gas and bloating is a result of your body not being able to properly digest your food.
Making healthy choices to eat less processed and fast food is a good first step, but there's more you can do.
The body is quite remarkable in the way it handles your food. Every part of your digestive system, has a function to perform. Your digestive system must break down the food and then extract, distribute and absorb the nutrients and then discard the waste products.
So if you upset the delicate acid/alkaline balance of your digestive tract, your body is going to let you know; hence the reason for the chronic gas and bloating.
1. Chew your food at least 15-20 times before swallowing, the more the better. Your saliva is the first step of the digestion process and start breaking the food down.
Even if you are eating something like soup that doesn't require much chewing, still try to get some saliva mixed in before you swallow. This will also allow you to eat more slowly so you are not gulping down air which can cause gas.
2. Try not to drink with your meals. The liquids dilute the alkaline levels in your mouth and in your stomach, thus preventing proper digestion.
3. Avoid chewing gum between meals. Chewing gum causes the stomach to start producing hydrochloric acid that's not needed between meals.
An adult's hydrochloric acid levels start decreasing at around 38-40 years of age which is why so many of us have digestive problems as we age.
Limit your gum chewing to right before or right after a meal. Chew gum made from xylitol (natural sweetener); it will stimulate saliva production and is good for your teeth.
4. Drink room temperature beverages whenever possible. Very hot and very cold beverages can depress your enzyme production and can lead to adrenal exhaustion.
5. Try not to drink coffee with your meals. Coffee has a high acidity level that causes the stomach to flush out the contents prior to proper assimilation.
6. If you are eating mostly cooked and processed food, you might benefit by taking a food enzyme product. If you don't take enzymes, the next best thing to do is to eat more raw foods because they naturally contain enzymes that help to boost your digestive process. At the very least, eat something raw at every meal and eat it first.
7. Take a probiotic supplement daily. Probiotics are the “friendly” bacteria necessary for good colon health and they aid in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
They can protect you from diarrhea when you travel or help with constipation as well. Always take a probiotic after taking antibiotics, which completely deplete and destroy our friendly flora.
Or in place of probiotics, eat or drink fermented or cultured foods like kefir, kimchi or kombucha.
8. Eat more whole foods and less processed and fast foods.
Enzymes, probiotics and fermented/cultured foods and and beverages can be found at your local health food store. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to
After I started using these simple tips to stop chronic gas and bloating, I noticed immediate results. Now it's a joy to eat again without chronic gas and bloating.
If you still suffer after trying these tips for a couple of weeks, consult your health care provider for more suggestions.