Smelly Gas Is For Cars Not Your Body
Moms have a little secret…Gas can be out of this world when pregnant and just after giving birth. This happens because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. The body’s smooth muscle becomes relaxed making it a little too easy to pass malodorous wind. It also occurs when a baby gets bigger in the later stages of pregnancy, compressing the stomach, slowing digestion. Although the body is under major transformation, there are a few things that you can do to help out your digestive system and reduce gas. These tips are great whether pregnant and gassy, or just plain full of air on the regular.
Chew well and slowly. Digestion begins in the mouth by chomping up food as finely as possible. Chewing well helps relieve the stomach of extra duties which means less indigestion and gas.
Avoid meals with a lot of ingredients. A burrito for example with beans, cheese, rice, onions, peppers, garlic, chicken and spices in a tortilla is a lot for anyone’s body to digest, let alone one that already has challenges.
If you are sensitive to lactose – but love dairy, try Goat milk products. It’s a bit easier to digest.
Eat small meals through out the day. Big meals will take longer to move through the digestive enzyme, giving ample opportunity to create gas.
Drink liquids separate from eating a meal. Drinking while eating makes digestive enzymes less effective in breaking down food. If your body can’t break down food well, bacteria which causes gas gets a big tasty meal to feast on.
Cook gaseous foods such as onions, garlic, mushrooms, cabbage and broccoli. This will help break down the sugars and reduce flatulence.
Words By: Dr. Lisa Hollingsworth Upshaw