What is excess gas a symptom of?
Gas is caused when the body breaks down the food that you ate. It is a by-product and normally is passed out without effort. Sometimes, when food isn’t digested properly, it gets stuck to the digestive tract, causing excess gas and a feeling of discomfort.
Are gas and bloating related?
Yes, they are. Bloating is caused by buildup of excess gas in the digestive tract. This can cause your stomach and intestines to stretch, leading to a feeling of discomfort.
What is chronic gas and why does it happen?
Some people suffer repeatedly with an uncomfortable bloated feeling. This gas build up could be the result of a digestive problem like irritable bowel syndrome or gastritis.
Is chronic gas always caused by illness?
No, sometimes it is caused by other triggers like lactose intolerance or a reaction to some kinds of foods. Gas can also be caused by swallowing air when drinking liquids, smoking, not chewing your food properly, eating too fast etc. Changing the habit can relieve buildup of gas.
How does the body get rid of gas?
Burping and flatulence are the two ways that the body gets rid of gas. If there is excessive burping or flatulence or it has a bad odour, it is a sign that your digestive tract isn’t healthy. It can be because of what you ate recently, over eating, too much alcohol, etc. If you stick to a bland diet for a couple of days, it should get better. If you are still uncomfortable, you should see a doctor.
How do probiotics help with gas?
Our digestive tract has millions of bacteria that help in the digestion of food. These are healthy bacteria and our digestive system needs them. Sometimes, due to antibiotics or illnesses, the amount of bacteria in the system decreases causing gas and bloating. Probiotics infuse the systems with gut bacteria and help relieve the discomfort.
What are some ways in which we can ensure that we don’t have buildup of gas?
- Eat meals at regular times
- Don’t go for a long time between meals
- Avoid overeating
- Check if you have intolerance for foods like milk, eggs etc
- Chew your food properly
- Stop smoking
- Don’t talk while eating
- Avoid foods high in carbohydrates
- Don’t use straws when drinking liquids
- Avoid eating too fast