8 Simple Ways to Control Excessive Gas

8 Simple Ways to Control Excessive Gas

There are many ways to describe excessive gas: belching, belching, flatulence, and flatulence. While it doesn’t seem to matter what name you give it, being able to identify where gas begins (and ends) can help you deal with painful and bothersome symptoms.
For example, belching and belching generally refer to gas escaping from the mouth, while flatulence, or farting, is intestinal gas escaping from the anus. Bloating is used to describe the feeling of excess gas in the stomach that has not yet been released.

The gases present in the stomach are created mainly by swallowing air while consuming food or drink and are expelled through the mouth in the form of belching. Gas is caused by the body’s inability to absorb or digest certain carbohydrates in the small intestine. Once these undigested foods pass through the small intestine, bacteria break them down to produce hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and sometimes methane. However, this does not happen to everyone.

Factors That Cause Gas: The Main Culprits

– Eating fiber-rich foods such as beans, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
– Drink soft drinks
– Chew a chewing gum
– Eating too fast or talking while chewing, causing more air to be swallowed.
– Drink with a straw
– Consumption of artificial sweeteners
– Chronic intestinal diseases such as diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease.
– food intolerances such as celiac disease or lactose intolerance
– Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.

It is common to feel gassy after eating and relieve it by burping or flatulence. It is completely normal to have gas 13 to 21 times a day. But if you suffer from painful gas and chronic smelly gas, you can start playing detective and try to eliminate the cause using the following steps.

1. Avoid foods known to cause gas

One way to manage gas and belching is to eat fewer foods that are known to cause gas. The most common culprits are

– Fruits such as apples and pears
– Vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and onions
– Whole grains such as bran
– Dairy products, including milk, cheese and ice cream.
These products contain fiber, sugars, and starches that are not easily digested or absorbed, which can cause intestinal gas.

Foods containing sorbitol, a natural sugar found in fruit, are on the list of foods that cause gas in some people. Other people dislike soft drinks and fruit drinks. If you find that these foods cause you excessive gas, eliminate them from your diet or eat them in smaller portions.

2. Drink before meals

If you drink liquids with food, you lose stomach acids and can’t break down food as well. Try to drink about 30 minutes before a meal to help your stomach digest better.

3. Eat and drink slowly

When you eat or drink quickly, you can swallow a lot of air, which can cause gas. A simple solution? When you eat, slow down. If you wear dentures, check with your dentist to make sure they fit properly so you don’t have to suck in air while eating.

4. Take over-the-counter digestive aids

Digestive enzymes are available as over-the-counter dietary supplements. Some contain an enzyme that breaks down the complex carbohydrates in many vegetables into more easily digestible sugars. Take two to three tablets before each meal. Note that this will not help if excessive gas is caused by fiber or lactose.

5. Try activated charcoal

Activated charcoal can help reduce and treat excessive gas and bloating. Unlike the charcoal you find in your grill or fireplace, activated charcoal undergoes a special treatment that makes it safe for human consumption. Once you take activated charcoal (in liquid or pill form), it binds to the fluid in your gut, which can reduce gas and bloating and create firmer stools.

6. Do not fill with air

Habits like smoking, chewing gum, and drinking through a straw can cause your stomach to fill with air, leading to gas.

7. Avoid artificial sweeteners

Sorbitol and related sugar alcohols used in many sugar-free versions of foods can also worsen gas. Sorbitol is often the first ingredient in any brand of sugar-free gum. One or two bars is like eating a plum.

8. Try herbs for gas relief

Some research suggests that a number of herbs can help relieve excess gas. For example, a review published in April 2015 in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Studies found that ginger helps speed up digestion. This is helpful because if the stomach empties more quickly, gas can move more quickly into the small intestine to relieve bloating and discomfort.

A 2014 review published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that peppermint oil significantly improved IBS symptoms, including abdominal pain.

Chamomile is said to help with a variety of digestive issues, including upset stomach, bloating and gas, by relaxing GI muscles and improving digestion.

When gas is a symptom of something else

See your doctor if excess gas is persistent or severe, it could be a sign of a more serious digestive condition such as:

Lactose intolerance

It is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. If avoiding milk reduces your symptoms, you may be lactose intolerant.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome experience more pain in the lower abdominal cavity.

Colon cancer

Excessive gas is rarely the main symptom of colon cancer patients, but it is one of them.

Disorders of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract

Occasional belching is normal, but frequent belching may be a symptom of an upper gastrointestinal disorder. This could be a peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying.
Also, warns Bickston, if you’ve had abdominal surgery, a hernia, or significant weight loss or gain, never consider gas symptoms.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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