no. 78 - The Gas Episode

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By Regan Jones, RDN, ACSM-CPT, Regan Jones, and RDN. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Everyone has it. Nobody wants to talk about it. Gas can be a normal by-product of digestion, but not always. Today's episode discusses why.

In this episode, I'm joined again by friend and fellow registered dietitian, Kate Scarlata -- one of the nation's leading experts on all things gut health. In this show, we discuss:

  • What's normal and what's not when it comes to gas
  • Why we have gas in the first place
  • Why having gas can actually be a good sign of things happening in our digestive system
  • When "more gas" might mean a trip to your healthcare provider is in order
  • How excess protein consumption can cause an increase in gas and cause gas to become more smelly
  • How eating too much protein may be associated with a more pathogenic and pro-inflammatory microbiome
  • Why eating certain fibers with protein may actually reduce these negative effects
  • What causes painful gas
  • How a high-fat diet may actually make trapped gas worse
  • Steps to take to alleviate painful, trapped gas
  • The role plant-based food and fiber play in the production of gas
  • Tips to increase fiber consumption without negative effects

Lastly, we debunk the myth that flying actually *causes* more gas.

I end the show with a brief discussion about the book I'm reading right now -- The 5 Love Languages -- an older read, but one that I'm finding very helpful. I also preview my thoughts on the new binge-worthy show from Apple TV -- The Morning Show -- and discuss whether or not I think it should make my "If I had a VCR I'd tape this" list.

Thanks as always for tuning in today. If you enjoy this episode or any of these episodes, please consider leaving a 5 Star Rating and/or Review. More importantly, please consider sharing with a friend. Have a great week! ~Regan

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