digestive gases

Causes of frequent digestive gases

The cause of excessive gas may be natural, or it may be related to a health problem, and we mention in the following the two reasons in detail:[2]

Natural causes

There are many causes of gas in the abdomen, and among these causes that have nothing to do with diseases are the following:

  • Swallowing air while eating: It is normal for a person to swallow a small amount of air while eating and drinking, but some may swallow an additional amount of air while chewing gum, eating carbonated drinks, eating or drinking very quickly, smoking, sucking hard candy, and wearing Loose dentures.
  • The effect of large intestine bacteria: The stomach and small intestine cannot digest some types of carbohydrates, such as some types of sugars, starches and fiber in food, and when these foods reach the large intestine, they are broken down by bacteria, causing excess gas to form.
  • Eating certain foods and drinks: There are many foods that cause the formation of excess gas in the digestive system, and these foods include the following:
  • Vegetables: Asparagus, artichokes, black beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, mushrooms, and onions.
  • Fruits: apples, peaches, and pears.
  • Whole grains: like wholemeal flour.
  • Dairy products: such as cheese, ice cream, and yogurt.
  • Food containing lactose: such as bread, cereals, and salad dressing.
  • Juices and drinks: such as apple juice, pear juice, soft drinks that contain high-fructose corn syrup, and milk.
  • Sugar-free products that contain artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol.

Diseases that increase gas formation

Some diseases can cause an increase in gas in the abdomen, or increase the symptoms caused by it, and the following is a description of those diseases:

  • Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine: This condition results from other health disorders, and occurs due to the excessive growth of bacteria or a change in its type, which causes the production of additional quantities of gas, in addition to that it may cause diarrhea and weight loss.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: Symptoms of this syndrome include pain or discomfort in the abdomen, and changes in bowel movement patterns, and irritable bowel syndrome can cause a change or affect the movement of gas through the intestine, causing bloating of the patient.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a chronic condition characterized by the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus.
  • Carbohydrate Digestion Problems Carbohydrate digestion problems include:
  • Diseases that affect how gas moves through the intestines, such as dumping syndrome, abdominal adhesions, and abdominal hernias.
  • Diseases that can cause intestinal obstruction, such as colon or ovarian cancer.
  • Other diseases:[3]
  • Lactose intolerance: Symptoms of lactose intolerance appear in the form of bloating and diarrhea after consuming milk or its derivatives.
  • Dietary fructose intolerance.
  • Celiac disease, also known as wheat allergy, is an immune disorder characterized by the inability of a person to tolerate gluten found in wheat and barley, as well as some other products.
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • eating disorders;
  • Ulcerative colitis.
  • Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles of the stomach wall do not work properly, affecting digestion.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Peptic ulcer.

Cases that require a doctor’s visit

A doctor should be consulted if the pain caused by abdominal gases is so severe that it interferes with the patient’s ability to carry out daily activities normally. A doctor should also be consulted if the person with excessive gas suffers from the following symptoms:[4]

  • bloody stool;
  • Change in the frequency of excretion, and the nature of stool.
  • Weight loss
  • constipation or diarrhea;
  • Persistent or frequent nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal pain persisting for a long time.
  • Chest pain.

Tips to get rid of gas

There are many tips to follow that reduce the amount of gas in the digestive system, including the following:[1]

  • Eat slowly.
  • Choosing the right dentures.
  • Postnasal drip treatment.
  • Increase physical activity.
  • Gradually increase the fiber in the diet.
  • Avoid talking while eating.
  • Avoid eating quickly.
  • Avoid using a straw to drink liquids.
  • Quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Avoid chewing gum or sucking on candy.
  • Limit your intake of soft drinks.
  • Avoid foods rich in sorbitol and fructose.
  • Waiting for hot drinks to become lukewarm.

the reviewer

  1. ^ AB “Intestinal Gas Overview”, www.badgut.org, Retrieved 9-13-2018. Edited.
  2. ↑ “Symptoms & Causes of Gas in the Digestive Tract”, www.niddk.nih.gov, Retrieved 9-13-2018. Edited.
  3. ↑ “Intestinal gas”, www.mayoclinic.org, Retrieved 9-13-2018. Edited.
  4. ↑ “Gas and gas pains”, www.mayoclinic.org, Retrieved 9-13-2018. Edited.

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