We’ve all totally been there.
Whether it’s attempting to (inconspicuously) relieve your bloated stomach on your morning commute to work on the bus…
Or accidentally letting one loose in the middle of yoga class (oh, the horror!)…
Passing gas is a natural fact of life–and the sign of a normal and healthy digestive system.
However, excessive gas is not exactly normal, not to mention undesirable.
It’s important to learn about the possible underlying causes of excessive gas in order to pinpoint and remove contributing factors in your diet.
Here are three potential underlying factors that could be at fault for your excessive gas…
#1: Food Allergies or Sensitivities
Even if you aren’t fully lactose intolerant, your body’s level of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down the sugars in dairy products) lowers as you get older.
This means that many people become more sensitive to dairy products as they age, contributing to increased instances of gas and bloating.
Additionally, certain carbs (such as sugars and starches) can be harder for certain people to digest.
If you aren’t able to immediately pinpoint which foods could be causing you issues, I recommend you try keeping a food diary and noting how you feel at certain times of the day.
From there, you can determine which foods to limit or stay away from entirely if you want less instances of gas.
#2: Eating Too Much Fiber
Everyone likes to joke about the dangers of consuming too much of certain gas-inducing foods. Usually, the common factor between these foods is the fact that they are high in fiber.
High fiber foods such as whole wheat and grains, fresh fruits, and cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale) are typically recommended to ease constipation–but eating them in excess can cause gas.
Therefore, it’s best to slowly incorporate these foods into your diet.
Just because kale has nutritional value doesn’t mean you should eat it every day for lunch!
#3: Swallowing Too Much Air
No, this point isn’t a joke.
When you drink carbonated beverages, smoke, eat or drink too fast, or talk while eating, you’re likely to swallow air.
That air has to make its way out of your body somehow–whether it be a burp or flatulence.
Try to limit your consumption of carbonated beverages, eat and drink more slowly, and even talk at a slower pace.
By following these rules, you may very well see a decrease in flatulence!
Curious to learn more about which foods may be causing you issues? Learn more about food sensitivity testing here!