May 11: Author - Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach: Taking Control of Your Digestive Health


Dr. Jacqueline Wolf

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A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach: Taking Control of Your Digestive Health

Reducing Bloat

If you bloat after eating dairy products, you may be lactose intolerant. Lower-lactose foods or lactose-free foods should help this problem, also a lactase enzyme could help when eating foods high in lactose.
Fruits with higher ratios of fructose to glucose are harder to digest and often make you bloat, choose fruits such as berries, grapes, and citruses which have a more equal ratio of these sugars .

Starches high in fructan can cause bloat.

Sugar alcohols found in diet soda and sugar-free gum can bother the stomach and cause bloat, products made with stevia and aspartame are easier on the stomach and don't cause bloat.

Galactan-rich legumes, cabbage and brussels sprouts are big bloat-offenders, try soaking beans overnight or taking the OTC enzyme Beano.
The first thing to do is to try to eliminate any foods that cause increased gas, as this may cause bloating.

Reducing stress may help, this may include meditation techniques to control stress and to reduce the physical accompaniments to stress.

Probiotics or other supplements (such as beano, fructase -- enzyme that breaks down fructose, lactase enzyme) may help.
Consult your doctor about checking for bacteria in the gut. If probiotics don't help, then an antiobiotic may take care of the problem.

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