Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What can you suggest to alleviate gas discomfort, and what foods should one stay away from if you suffer from this?
A: Gas is indicative of digestive function deficiency and stagnation of qi (Chi). This can be alleviated with reducing the foods that produce gas, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a healthy diet.
1. Avoid the following foods, as they tend to produce gas: onions, soda, beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli. Dairy products should be eliminated.
2. Increase physical activity by taking a twenty-minute walk after meals. The last meal should be eaten no later than 7 PM. Do not smoke or drink coffee; green tea is a good substitute.
3. Consume more hawthorn berries, papaya, sweet potatoes, oats, pearl barley, apples, and orange peel.
Try this: dry and store orange peel for one month. Boil tea out of the orange peel and drink after meals.