gases

Abdominal gas is one of the common digestive problems that a person may face, and in fact these gases are produced due to the accumulation of air in the digestive system, and the most important reasons that lead to this are eating or drinking quickly, talking while eating, eating soft drinks, and smoking. It is worth noting that the number of gases that an adult normally excretes varies between 13-21 times a day, but if these gases accumulate and are unable to get rid of them, they may lead to a feeling of pain and discomfort.[1][2]

gas treatment

The body gets rid of excess gases by belching or farting. There are some treatments that help control and get rid of gases. Among these methods and treatments are the following:[3][2][4]

  • Mint: Studies have shown that eating mint helps reduce gas, and you can take mint by preparing it in the form of tea or taking nutritional supplements from it, but after consulting a specialist.
  • Clove: 2-5 drops of clove oil can be added to a glass of water and taken after food, as it helps produce digestive enzymes and thus reduce gas.
  • Chamomile tea: This tea helps treat indigestion, gas, and bloating, and it is recommended to take it before meals and at bedtime.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar reduces gases, and it can be used by putting a spoonful of it in a glass of water and drinking it before meals when necessary, up to three times a day.
  • Ginger: Ginger is considered a gas repellent, and its roots can be eaten directly or made ginger tea to reduce gas.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon contains citric acid, which gets rid of gases. It helps digest gassy foods.
  • Papaya: The papaya fruit is known to help regulate digestion and reduce bloating.
  • Caraway seeds: They help treat bloating and reduce gas by improving digestion. One to two tablespoons of seeds are taken and soaked in boiling water for 10-15 minutes, then eaten throughout the day between meals.
  • Cardamom: Cardamom helps digestion, and cardamom seeds can be eaten or added to food to help get rid of gas.
  • Activated charcoal: Activated charcoal helps reduce gas and flatulence, and it should be noted that this charcoal is sold in the form of pills without a prescription, and it is recommended to take one pill immediately before food and another one hour after the same meal.
  • Simethicone: It is an over-the-counter drug that collects gas and makes it easy to get rid of.
  • Lactase pills: These pills are used if a person suffers from a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, as this enzyme breaks down the lactose found in milk products.
  • Probiotics: They are beneficial bacteria that help in digestion and reduce gas in some people.

Gas prevention

There are many ways that can be resorted to to prevent the accumulation of gas, by making some lifestyle changes, and the modifications that are recommended are:[1][3]

  • Avoid eating foods that cause gas, such as: beans, cabbage, onions, broccoli, and peas.
  • Quit smoking, as it causes air to accumulate in the digestive system and thus suffer from the problem of gases, as mentioned above.
  • Avoid chewing gum, as this plays a role in the entry and accumulation of air in the digestive system.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Exercising, such as walking after eating.
  • Treating constipation by increasing fluid intake, and making sure to eat fiber from its sources, such as fruits and vegetables, as trapped stools may be exposed to fermentation, which increases the formation of gases.

doctor review

In most cases, there is no need to see a doctor. It is rare for swelling to indicate a serious problem, but you should see your doctor if symptoms persist despite making the necessary adjustments, and you should also see a doctor if any of the following symptoms appear:[5][1]

  • diarrhea.
  • Constant or severe pain in the abdomen.
  • Appearance of blood in the stool.
  • Unintentional weight loss.
  • Chest pain.
  • Anorexia.
  • fever.
  • Vomiting, especially if it continues for more than 24 hours.
  • Flatulence or bloating or swelling in any other part of the body.
  • Kidney failure or liver failure.

Diseases that cause gas

There are a group of diseases that lead to the accumulation of gases in the gastrointestinal tract, including the following:[6]

  • Lactose intolerance: This condition occurs due to the inability of the small intestine of the affected person to make the enzyme lactase, which digests the lactose found in milk products.[7]
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: This disease is characterized by the presence of a group of symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.[8]
  • Indigestion: A person may suffer from indigestion due to unhealthy eating habits such as eating large quantities of food, or eating quickly, and this may lead to suffering from the problem of gas.[9]
  • Giardiasis: This disease is one of the types of infection that affects the small intestine, and it occurs as a result of the arrival of a certain parasite through contaminated food or drink to the person, and the symptoms of this infection are: nausea, diarrhea, gas, weight loss, and headache.[10]
  • Other causes: such as pregnancy, hiatal hernia, food poisoning, and some types of cancer.[6]

the reviewer

  1. ^ ABT “Belching, intestinal gas and bloating: Tips for reducing them”, www.mayoclinic.org, 9-30-2018. Edited.
  2. ^ a b “How to Get Rid of Gas, Pains, and Bloating”, www.healthline.com, 9-30-2018. Edited.
  3. ^ a b “10 Tips to Help You Stop Farting”, www.healthline.com 9-30-2018. Edited.
  4. ↑ “23 natural remedies to get rid of gas immediately”, www.belmarrahealth.com, 9-29-2018. Edited.
  5. ↑ “What causes abdominal bloating?”, www.medicalnewstoday.com. Edited.
  6. ^ a b “What Causes Flatulence?”, www.healthline.com, 9-30-2018. Edited.
  7. ↑ “What causes Lactose Intolerance?”, www.healthline.com, 9-30-2018.Edited.
  8. ↑ “Everything You Want to Know About IBS”, www.healthline.com, 9-30-2018. Edited.
  9. ↑ “What Causes Indigestion?”, www.healthline.com, 9-30-2018. Edited.
  10. ↑ “Giardiasis”, www.healthline.com, 9-30-2018. Edited.

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