Start Your Barbecue with Charcoal Briquettes and End with Activated
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourth of July celebrations are quickly approaching, which means one thing ... BBQ season is officially underway.
However, traditional barbecue fare -- hot dogs, baked beans and alcohol
-- may leave you gassy during the fireworks extravaganza. Patricia Raymond,
M.D., gastroenterologist and assistant professor at Eastern Virginia
Medical School, says that we all experience flatulence and that we can get
it under control with some moderation to our diet. Her tips to minimize the
impact and odor include:
-- Deactivate Gas with Activated Charcoal: Raymond suggests taking
CharcoCaps(R) Homeopathic AntiGas Formula to control embarrassing
flatulence while with family and friends at a barbecue. CharcoCaps
(activated charcoal) helps stimulate and support the body's own defense
system against the discomfort of intestinal gas and the
embarrassing/uncomfortable symptoms associated with it while aiding in
the fast relief of gas.
-- Certain Foods in Moderation: High gas-producing foods that are staples
at a barbecue are hot dogs and hamburgers (fatty meats), baked beans,
cole slaw (cabbage), corn, melon and alcohol. When thinking about
dessert, ice cream and pastries are also high-gas foods. Less gassy
alternatives include grilled chicken, summer squash, kiwis, plums and
nectarines, followed by angel food cake and low-fat frozen yogurt for
-- Determine Odor: Non-smelling flatulence results from swallowed air,
symptomatic of chewing gum, drinking through straws and sucking on hard
candies, rather than something you ate. "Foul-smelling flatulence is
related to the breakdown of actual foods as they go through the
intestinal tract," says Raymond. "If nutrients are poorly absorbed,
they 'feed' bacteria in the gut, which then produces smelly
-- Walk it Off: Instead of keeping still after a meal, take a post-dinner
stroll to keep your body moving and the gas flowing. "The gas just
sitting in the bowels causes distention and pain, so once you have it,
you might as well mobilize it," says Raymond.
For additional information or a chance to win a monthly pre-paid
gas(oline) card (while supplies last), visit http://www.charcocaps.com and take
the Gas Etiquette Quiz.
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