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Passing Gas on Oprah

Filed Under: Supplements at 12:13 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Embarrassed

As women, gas is something we like to pretend doesn’t exist. Burping is done as quietly as possible with a hand over the mouth in the hope that no one will notice. Farting . . . well, we don’t fart. But on the rare occasions that we do, it is fingers-crossed silent and/or in private. If in public, we try to be as discreet as possible, often scurrying away from the scene of the flatulence praying that someone else will be blamed. So when gas suddenly becomes more prevalent and doesn’t show signs of dissipating, we desperately seek advice. For one woman, and now for the rest of us, that advice was given by Dr. Christiane Northrup during the January 17 Oprah Winfrey Show.  

Dr. Northrup, on Oprah for the express purpose of answering viewer’s intimate questions, recommended that this particular viewer, Patty, try digestive enzymes.  A woman in her fifties, Patty had noticed an increase in gas over the past year. She was farting and burping with a frightening frequency that didn’t coincide with any change in diet or food intolerance. Dr. Northrup attributed this change to age, the body’s lessened ability to digest foods and a possible over-abundance of grains. A digestive enzyme taken 30 minutes before a meal, she said, could ease Patty’s woes and quiet the flatulence. And she was undoubtedly correct.

Our bodies pass gas 12 or more times a day, enabling the digestive system to stay on track by eliminating what can’t be digested.  But sometimes our bodies have a problem, and a little too much flatulence occurs. This is most common after eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes or any fiber-loaded food, but we can’t very well cut those out of our diets. Fiber not only aids digestion but regulates blood sugar and cholesterol as well, and the boons of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc are too numerous to list. So for a little help, we have digestive enzymes, which enable digestion to occur with a minimal amount of gas.

If you have found that your minor bouts of burping have become major parts of your day, you may want to consider taking a digestive enzyme. It will ease your bloating, your gassiness and your embarrassment.

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