Managing flatulence can be as simple as avoiding certain foods that are well-known for causing excessive gas, suggests Everyday Health. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and onion are common causes. Fruits, such as apples and pears, and whole grains, such as bran, are also foods to watch out for. Dairy may also be a contributor to excess gas, particularly if one is lactose intolerant.
Flatulence occurs as a result of different combinations of foods and is specific to the individual, Everyday Health maintains. Personal experimentation is the best approach to discovering what works for each individual. Eliminate foods that seem to be key contributors to the problem.
Other ways to minimize gas include drinking about 30 minutes before meals, rather than ingesting liquids with food, adds Everyday Health. One should eat slowly and reduce or stop habits that cause excess air inhalation, such as smoking and chewing gum. Over-the-counter aids that contain digestive enzymes can be effective, however antacids do not do much when it comes to alleviating gas.