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TODAY   |  April 30, 2013

Facts to digest about passing gas

Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a professor of medicine at Georgetown University explains that eating foods like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage will cause “good gas,” but warns that drinking soda, chewing gum and taking drugs with antacids can cause bacterial growth, discomfort and abdominal pain.

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>>> up next, otmar lieber.

>> i love him.

>> we're back with more of our special series, called how to deal. and today's bodily function is an occasional bout of gas.

>> what causes gas and how can you get rid of it?

>> if you want to. gastroenterologist robin shupkin knows she's the founder and medical director of the digestive center for women.

>> there's a center?

>> wow.

>> there's a center for flatulence?

>> well you ladies are not giving gas its proper due, this is serious business, this is serious medical stuff.

>> talk about it.

>> what you're seeing here at the table, these are tell-tales, cabbage, we make the joke.

>> i just can't eat cabbage.

>> these are good gas, these foods are incredibly healthy.

>> except for bagels.

>> not the question, but the broccoli and the cauliflower are a cruciferous vegetables, because the gas is not broken down, it floats onto the colon where it gets fermented into bacteria, lots of gas.

>> what to do?

>> eat a little less, but there's another solution we'll talk about at the end, something to help you break down the nutrients.

>> apples, we think it's fructose is bad, but it's not bad, it's in bananas, apples and grapes, this is another way you can get gas, because you eat more of it than you can absorb.

>> and carbs?

>> bagels and pasta. these two foods contain gluten. a protein in wheat, rye and barley, and lots of people are sensitive to gluten and don't realize it. it irritates the lining of the small intestine and they get gas.

>> prunes are great for constipation, but smelly gas. the whole issue of rasinos, some of that stuff doesn't get broken down.

>> what about wine? please don't put that in the category?

>> wine, some people don't digest alcohol as well. the important thing is to know your limit, if you exceed it you tend to get gas.

>> milk, more than half of the world's population has lactose intolerance. you might have tolerated it as a child and when you're older, you might find you're getting a lot of gas.

>> steer clear of sodas. let's get down to the chewing and gum.

>> you told us an amazing thing during the commercial break . you said if you choose gum, you can gain one dress size from air.

>> swallowing air, a condition called air aphasia. you're chewing gum , when instead of air going into your lungs, can it go into your stomach. can you go up a full dress size. talking on the phone while you're drinking.

>> talking on the phone while drinking?

>> that's bad for gas.

>> give us some solutions, what can we do?

>> so this is one, you know, people often reach for an antacid when they have gas. but antacids can change the ph of the gi tract and cause overgrowth of bad bacteria. so not such a great idea, actually if you're having gas. ginger tea, fennel tea, these are soothing for the digestive tract .

>> what about bean-o?

>> it contains an enzyme that helps you break down the chemicals in the broccoli and cabbage.

>> and this is the last thing, a three-pound weight.

>> my favorite. you lie on your back and you hold the weight in your hand and you start on the lower right and you go in a clockwise direction, circumnavigate your belly button. that helps to push gas out of the colon.

>> so that's a solution.

>> please do that in the privacy of your own home,