Harvard Men's Health Watch

Relief from intestinal gas

To identify troublesome foods, keep a detailed daily record of everything you eat.

A certain amount of flatulence is a normal part of the digestive process. But if gas or bloating is causing you distress, take heart. "If you're producing more gas than you would like, you can often do something about it," says Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, associate professor of medicine at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Getting to the root of the problem starts with keeping track of what
you eat so you can identify potentially troublesome foods and stop eating them temporarily.

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