Tips for Handling Gas and Bloating
Occasionally, many feel bloated and gassy after eating. But if you have undiagnosed Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), you may experience these symptoms so frequently they become a normal part of your routine.
Don’t get used to it. If you think learning to live with constant gas and bloating is the answer, read on to learn better. This gut advice may help you manage your tummy troubles, making constant bloating and gas a distant memory.
What Causes Gas and Bloating?
Many conditions may cause stomach bloating and gas, including irritable bowel syndrome, a bowel disease defined by its symptoms of stomach pain with diarrhea, constipation, or both. Celiac disease is another condition that may cause stomach bloating and gas. If you have this autoimmune disorder, you can’t tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
Similarly, if you are lactose intolerant, you may experience painful symptoms, such as abdominal pain, gas, nausea, and diarrhea within 30 minutes to an hour or so after consuming food with the dairy sugar lactose as an ingredient. People with lactose intolerance don’t produce enough lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and milk products.
But if you have CSID, you lack sucrase and isomaltase, the enzymes needed to digest sucrose (table sugar) and starch sugars. Consequently, when consuming foods with sucrose or starch sugars, you can’t properly digest them.
Instead of being broken down in the small intestine, the undigested sugar enters the colon (large intestine). Next, bacteria that naturally reside in the large intestine ferment, feeding off of the undigested sugar and producing gas, which can, in turn, cause your stomach to distend. You may also experience loose, watery stools, and stomach pain.
Managing Stomach Gas and Bloating with Your Diet
If you have CSID, managing your diet tops your daily to-do list because foods high in sugar are the main causes of bloating and gas. But this plan can help you find relief.
1. Avoid Foods that Cause Symptoms
To manage your symptoms, such as gas and bloating, avoid foods with added sucrose, such as cakes, cookies, pudding, pastries, and milkshakes.
You’ll also want to stay away from foods naturally high in sucrose, including fruits, such as apples, apricots, bananas, pears, prunes, and raspberries as well as vegetables and legumes, including carrots, corn, peas, kidney, lima, and navy beans.
To reduce the chances you’ll experience constant gas and bloating, this guide on Choosing Your Foods can help you make wise food choices to help keep CSID symptoms at bay.
2. Focus on What You Can Eat
If you have CSID, there are still plenty of food you can eat that aren’t likely to cause gas and bloating. Here’s a short list of foods that those of you with CSID typically tolerate well. Make them your go-to list:
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Summer squash
- Meat: beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken
3. Fill Up on Fiber and Protein
Finally, experiment with your diet. You may find you can tolerate food that’s higher in sucrose if it’s also higher in fiber, as in whole-wheat pasta instead of regular pasta. Fiber slows the rate that food moves through your digestive tract; this may help reduce CSID symptoms.
You may also find that adding fat and protein, such as butter and sour cream to a baked potato, may help minimize CSID discomfort. No two people with CSID are alike. The combination of foods you consume can provide valuable feedback on what’s okay and what to avoid the next time you eat.
Getting to the Bottom of Gas and Bloating
If you have digestive symptoms, such as gas and bloating after eating, but you’re not sure if you have CSID, this quiz may help you decide if you need to talk to your doctor about being tested for CSID. Then schedule an appointment with your doctor. Don’t wait to get relief from constant bloating and gas.
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