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Dr. Arun Phophalia
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I am a 42 year old man in very good health.I am a Fedex

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I am a 42 year old man in very good health.I am a Fedex Courier by profession.I workout and body build 3 -4 days per week.I work 50-60 hours weekly.I have a very fast metabolism.Periodically I suffer from gas pains at night.I find myself not satisfied from my current eating habits.Is there a recommended meal plan I should be using? I find myself lacking energy during the day.What would you suggest as a quick micro or power meal without the gas.I can eat just about anything.But I realize now that i cant.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.


The gas formation and mild discomfort in your age would need to look for the following causes;

1) Gallbladder disease (gallstones)

2) Irritable bowel syndrome

3) Diverticulitis

The reasons for excessive intestinal gas formation can be;

1) excessive air swallowing.

Anxious people swallow air when they are stressed or anxiety supervenes.

2) increased intraluminal (inside the intestine) production from mal absorbed (improperly absorbed) nutrients,

3) decreased gas absorption due to some pathological condition of intestines like diverticulitis

4) expansion of intestinal gas due to changes in atmospheric pressure

A solitary reason or combination can be responsible for the excessive gas.

Following may help you;

1) Avoid

a) Cabbage

b) Beer

c) Legumes

d) Cheese

e) Beans

2) This may help;

a) Bismuth subsalicylate

b) Activated charcoal

c) Simethicone; (Maalox, Mylanta); Simethicone causes gas bubbles to break up.

d) Beano; contains an enzyme (alpha-galactosidase), which helps to breakdown certain complex carbohydrates.

All are available without prescription.

Avoid foods that appear to aggravate symptoms. These may include milk and dairy products, certain fruits or vegetables, whole grains, artificial sweeteners etc. But this is based on the personal observation for the aggravating food.

Discontinue the following if you do them;

1) gum chewing,

2) smoking,

3) drinking carbonated beverages, and

4) gulping food and liquids.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Bismuth and activated charcoal are ingredients to what over the counter remedy.What exactly are they???
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.


Bismuth is available without prescription as PeptoBismol. Charcoal tablets also do not need prescription and can be bought from health stores. These adsorb gas and relieves flatulence, gas, bloating, distension.

It is privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Thanks appreciate the answer.Where could or do you know of a specialized diet for a situation such as mine???

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.

You are very welcome.

Here is an authentic resource for the diet;

It is privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun