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Every person who eats food produces intestinal gas. In some individuals, gas can be excessive and embarrassing, causing abdominal bloating, frequent and excessive flatulence, or sharp, jabbing pains in the abdomen. Although it is caused by a variety of factors, it is ultimately the result of poor digestion. When one doesn’t have enough naturally occurring digestive enzymes, or eats foods that are difficult to digest, food is left in the colon in an undigested form. This undigested food is broken down by bad bacteria through a process of fermentation that then creates gas as a by-product.

Take the Gas & Bloating Self-Test

Print this page and answer each question below to see if you could be suffering from excessive gas & bloating. A score of 3 or higher indicates there is a strong possibility that you have excess gas and bloating and could benefit benefit from nutritional supplementation to help address the problem. 

1. Do you burp or belch uncontrollably after eating?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

2. Do you eat quickly and swallow your food without much chewing?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

3. Do you drink carbonated beverages?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

4. Do you experience excessive flatulence within 1 to 1½ hours after eating?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

5. Do some vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, garlic, onions, etc.) give you excessive flatulence?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

6. Does eating beans give you excessive gas?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

7. Do you take psyllium fiber as a supplemental fiber?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

8. Do you drink cold liquids with your meals?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

9. Do you commonly eat refined wheat products (pasta, crackers, bread, etc.) or dairy products?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

10. Have you had problems with Candida overgrowth (thrush, vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, etc.)?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

TOTAL SCORE _______

(A score of 3 or higher indicates you may be suffering from Gas & Bloating.)

Simple Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Gas & Bloating

  • Do not eat late at night. Stop eating between 6-7 p.m.
  • Exercise to help stimulate the passage of gas through the GI tract.
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet and Equal.
  • Avoid eating protein and starch at the same meal.
  • Eat fruit alone or thirty minutes before a meal.

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Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency in lactase, the enzyme required to digest milk sugar. Symptoms include gas, bloating, diarrhea and cramping when dairy foods are consumed. People who suspect they are lactose intolerant can perform a self-test by eliminating dairy products from their diet for 10 days. If the symptoms disappear and again reappear with the reintroduction of dairy products in the diet, lactose intolerance is probably the explanation for the symptoms.

Take the Lactose Intolerance Self-Test

Print this page and answer the questions below.

1. Do you experience cramping and diarrhea 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating dairy products?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

2. Do you have uncomfortable gas and bloating after eating baked goods or dairy products?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

3. Do you experience nausea after eating?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

4. Do you suffer from headaches?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

5. Do you have persistent acne?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

6. Are you of Asian, African, Native American, Mexican or Mediterranean ancestry?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

7. Have you ever had inflammatory bowel conditions such as colitis, Crohn’s disease or IBS?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

8. Do you have celiac disease (gluten intolerance)?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

9. Do sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, xylitol or maltitol give you gas, bloating, cramping or diarrhea?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

10. Have you ever had parasites or a candida overgrowth?

YES___ NO___ (YES = 1 NO = 0) _____

TOTAL SCORE ______

(A score of 3 or higher indicates you may be Lactose Intolerant, but as always, ask your primary care physician.)

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