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Can You Eliminate Gas and Bloating With Apples and Milk?

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Lauren Treadwell studied finance at Western Governors University and is an associate of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. Treadwell provides content to a number of prominent organizations, including Wise Bread, FindLaw and Discover Financial. As a high school student, she offered financial literacy lessons to fellow students.
Can You Eliminate Gas and Bloating With Apples and Milk?
Apples and milk can help alleviate gas and bloating. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Apples have long been known for their laxative-like benefits. Apples are an excellent source of pectin, a type of fiber that is essential to the proper function of the digestive system. Apples help gas and solids move through the intestines, alleviating gassiness and bloating. The sugar in milk, specifically lactose, provides a similar benefit. Even if you are lactose intolerant, Dr. Michael Martini, of the University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition, states that drinking milk with a meal can actually improve lactose tolerance and reduce the gas and bloating associated with it.

Step 1

Rinse an apple in briskly flowing water to wash off bacteria or pesticides that can irritate the stomach or make you sick. Pour 8 oz. of milk into a glass.

Step 2

Eat the flesh of the apple and the skin. Much of the fiber you need to eliminate bloating comes from the skin.

Step 3

Drink the milk in between bites of the apple so you don't fill up with liquid too quickly and lose your appetite.

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Step 4

Wait one to three hours for the apple and milk to work. You will experience increased flatulence as the gas escapes, accompanied by a decrease in bloating. You may also need to have a bowel movement.

Step 5

Eat normally once the gas and bloating is gone. Avoid gas-inducing foods such as cabbage and beans.

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