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How Do I Reduce Flatulence?

If you are bothered by excessive belching or flatus, and your doctor has determined that you have no serious disease, the following suggestions may be helpful to reduce flatulence:

  • If you wear dentures, check with your dentist to make sure they fit well.
  • Avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candies (especially sugarless gum or dietetic candies that contain sorbitol).
  • Eliminate carbonated beverages and reduce foods containing high-fructose corn syrup from your diet.
  • Avoid milk and milk products or try milk in which the lactose is already broken down, if you have lactose intolerance.
  • Know the common gas-producing foods such as cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bran, beans, broccoli and cabbage. Eating these healthy foods may come at a price.
  • Exercise! Running and pretty much every other exercise activity helps to stimulate the passage of gas through the digestive tract.

*If your symptoms persist or worsen, see your doctor to make sure that the condition is not caused by abnormalities in your digestive tract.