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I tend to have gas and bloating after eating.

Q. Dear Terry, “I tend to have gas and bloating after eating. It is quite embarrassing. Is there anything I can take to help with this?” — Marilyn T., Yonkers, NY

A. Dear Marilyn, While I do have some suggestions, I would first recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner, if you have not already done so to rule out any underlying conditions that may be causing the symptoms you are experiencing.

I think one of the most important steps to take in stopping digestive problems is to switch to a diet high in fat and protein, and low in carbohydrate content. Sometimes called the Paleolithic Diet, I refer to this way of eating as a “traditional diet”. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

I also recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula to your daily supplement regimen. Supplementing with pancreatin, a digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase, can make all the difference. Pancreatic enzymes simply help your body do what it already does naturally. I recommend taking 250-500 mg of pancreatin with each meal. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results for improving digestion come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.

You might also want to consider adding concentrated essential oils to your daily regimen. Basil, peppermint, coriander, cumin, bay, caraway and lemon oils provide excellent support for gas relief, indigestion, bloating, nausea, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and vomiting. I recommend taking these essential oils after each meal.

Make sure the concentrated plant oils have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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