Thursday, March 13, 2008

Erin, don't go "Bragh."

St. Patrick's Day Health News: Don't Let Gas Ruin Your Holiday Cheer

Although the pubs will be crowded and noisy this St. Patrick's Day, don't put yourself in an embarrassing situation with unwanted gas. It may be tempting to eat traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, but they can put a damper on your celebration.

"Everyone experiences flatulence, which can be embarrassing depending on where you are, but there are ways to control it, even while celebrating St. Patty's Day." says Patricia Raymond, M.D., gastroenterologist and assistant professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Here are some tips to help minimize an embarrassing situation:

-- Avoid Certain Foods: Although corned beef and cabbage are staples for this holiday, they can wreak havoc on your stomach. While cabbage is healthy, it causes a lot of gas, and the fat from corned beef leaves unpleasant flatulence that's hard to cover up.

-- Deactivate Gas with Activated Charcoal: Dr. Raymond suggests taking CharcoCaps Homeopathic AntiGas Formula as a natural and safe way to control embarrassing flatulence at a St. Patrick's Day celebration. CharcoCaps helps people suffering from gas discomfort, pressure and bloating, since it adsorbs the gas and reduces its odor.

-- Drink Up: Enjoy drinking Guinness or other darker ales which have less carbonation than other alcoholic beverages, suppressing unwanted gas.

-- Take A Walk: If you can, walk in the parade or from pub to pub to keep your body moving and the gas flowing. This will alleviate the gas from sitting in the bowels causing distention and pain.

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