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Gastroenterologist Dr. Patricia Raymond offers tips to help ease flatulence during the cold weather season.

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While we all experience flatulence, we can keep it under control, without completely giving up our favorite meals and drinks.

As the seasons change and the weather becomes colder, our diets (both food ands beverages) will usually change, as well. As we turn to those richer "comfort foods," some may experience side effects such as stomach pains, bloating and excessive gas.

Noted gastroenterologist and assistant professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Patricia Raymond, M.D., says that, "While we all experience flatulence, we can keep it under control, without completely giving up our favorite meals and drinks."

Dr. Raymond offers these simple tips to help you manage your gas with the change in, not only, the weather, but, also, your diet.

  • Keep a gas diary: If gas has become more than just an occasional nuisance, try to determine if your gas is related to a particular food by noting the volume of gas within six hours of your last meal. It takes about a full six hours for portions of a meal to be released as gas, so if you have a particularly gassy sensation, it might not be that snack you just ate, but the meal you had earlier in the day. If you find that you are gassy, note all items in your last several meals to crosscheck against other meal periods where you experience gas.
  • Deactivate gas fast: Dr. Raymond suggests taking CharcoCaps® Homeopathic Formula products as a natural and safe way to relieve gas/flatulence. The activated charcoal (carbo vegetabilis) in CharcoCaps will reduce gas discomfort, pressure and bloating, since it serves to adsorb the gas, reducing both the gas and its odor.
  • Certain foods in moderation: Certain foods have a higher propensity to produce gas, since they are poorly absorbed by the body They include beans (watch out for that in that special batch of chili you cook up to enjoy during Sunday football), cabbage, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus and corn; fruits, including pears, apples, prunes and peaches; whole grain products and oats; milk, ice cream and cheese; and carbonated drinks, fruit juices and alcohol.

For more information on what foods are most likely to cause gas, check out the CharcoCaps Web site at http://www.charcocaps.com. While there, take our quiz to win a $200 gas(oline) card to save at the pump.

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