Understanding Gas And How To Find Relief

Published October 7, 2022 by

Many people who frequently have gas will tell you they experience pain and embarrassment. If this sounds like you, understanding gas and how to find relief might reduce those embarrassing moments and help you feel better.

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Causes Of Excessive Gas

Flatulence is the proper medical term for farting. Everyone has it, everyone does it, but some of us find it excessive and uncomfortable. If that’s you, understanding gas and why it occurs can shine some light on your problem and help you find relief.

Taking In Too Much Air

Swallowing air from eating, drinking, or even laughing causes gas. Smoking and chewing gum have the same result.  Sometimes we pass it out our mouth as a burp. Other times it comes out the other end. It’s normal to pass gas about 20 times a day.

Digestion in Large Intestine

Once food reaches the large intestine, bacteria makes hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane which exits the body.

Certain Foods

Whole grain foods, carbs, veggies like broccoli, onions, and cabbage, fruits, dairy, soft beverages and fruit drinks all can cause excess gas.

Slow Motility

This means your digestive system is slow to work, and excess gas collects.

Getting Older

You knew sooner or later we would get around to age. Our metabolism slows down as we get older causing foods to digest more slowly.

Ways To Find Relief

There are some changes you can make in order to reduce your flatulence.

  • Participate in regular exercise to reduce your amount of flatulence.
  • Eat smaller meals and eat more often.
  • Adjust your diet to reduce carb intake.
  • Drink lots of water to prevent constipation and gas.
  • Take probiotics like yogurt or supplements.
  • Take your time and eat more slowly.
  • Avoid straws, chewing gum, and smoking.

If nothing seems to work, it might be time to make an appointment with GI Solutions in Chicago, IL about what could be causing your symptoms.


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