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What is the cure for excessive gas formation?

Q: I am a 28 years old working woman. For the past six months I am experiencing excessive gas formation. I get a lot of belching and pass wind frequently (more in the night). I can feel the gas circling around the stomach. I feel some twitching here and there. I pass lots of gas whenever I use the toilet. This has put me in a very embarrassing situation. Please help me out. Is there any chance I could have worms? I am overweight. I eat out occasionally : 4-5 times a month, at times more. I don't have much exercise because my work involves long hours of working with a computer. I recently had a miscarriage (before 5 months). This excessive gas formation started just one month before that. Will eating garlic improve the situation?

A:The intestine’s job (digestion) is to break the presented raw material (food) into small, absorbable form (essential nutrients), which then pass through the intestinal wall (absorption) into the blood stream for transportation (distribution) to the various locations where they are used for either work (metabolism) or construction/repair (anabolism) of the body. Nutrients not needed immediately are stored as fat or glycogen for future use. As digestive enzymes break the chemical bonds, gas results in the lower bowel for release, about 14 times daily on average. Of the three nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins), carbohydrates are the most effective gas producers. If we digest carbohydrates, little gas is formed. About 50% people don't completely break down carbohydrates and intestinal bacteria act on them to produce gas. Some ways to reduce gas formation is to: eat slowly and thoroughly chew the food, sip rather than gulp liquids, minimize fizzy beverages, avoid chewing gum, and eliminate sugar-free foods containing sorbitol or xylitol (which are both poorly digested). You must exercise, and if you consume legumes, soak them well prior to cooking and discard the water. Use of ginger etc. too helps.


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