Why Does Gas Happen To Me,
And How To Minimize It

The sensation of having gas accumulated in in the digestive system is a very
common one for many people.

People may experience gas and gas pains occasionally or even frequently in a
single day.

Bloating is the sensation of excess stomach gas that has not yet been released
and is stuck, causing discomfort. The bloating, burping and passing of gas are
natural functions of the body and are usually caused by swallowed air or in the
process of breakdown of food through digestion.

If you suffer from painful gas, bloating and the embarrassment of persistent
and foul smelling flatulence then you need to find a solution to minimize the
gas and discomfort.

The Common Causes Of Gas Are: 

1. Eating too fast and too much – gulping too much food or drink makes us take
in a lot of air along with the food which could lead to gas. 6

2. Gas is often created by certain types of foods and aerated drinks. Rich, fat laden,
greasy foods and sodas increase the chances of gas.1

3. Research shows that certain food components in the normal diet, such as resistant
starch, oligosaccharides and plant fibers, are incompletely absorbed  are believed to 
cause gas and other stomach discomforts.4    

4Poor digestion is a major cause for gas as it produces a more unstable microbial
community2 in the gut.

Steps To Control Gastric Problem

1. Avoid foods that trigger gas. It is seen that diet influences flatulence and avoiding
certain foods as well as maintaining a healthy gut by including probiotic foods in
order to maintain a healthy microbiota in the gut could be helpful.4

2. Keep a food journal/diary. If you record your food intake it will be easier for you
to check on the items that lead to gas and you can easily limit or control their intake.
Limit rich and calorie-laden food. The yummy delicacies that whet your taste buds and
make you crave for more are also the reason that makes you bloat up with gas.
High fat content in food is one of the triggers of gas. Eat small portions.3

3. Drink lots water could help balance your system.

4. Eat and drink slowly as there is a direct correlation between chewing food and
digestive health.5 Certain traditional herbs have been known to help release the
gas. Over the counter medicines could also provide intermediate relief.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and try to eat healthy as well. Smaller meals with
shorter intervals will ensure you do not have gas due to an empty stomach or too
much tea or coffee intake.

These simple changes done slowly over a period of time will help you cope with
the problem of gas and indigestion. One may not be able to eliminate gas completely
but controlling the triggers for gas will lead to less discomfort and inconvenience.
Gas can be easily minimized to ensure a happy eating experience!


1 Frequency and risk factors of functional gastro-intestinal disorders in a rural Indian population: Read More »

2 Anal gas evacuation and colonic microbiota in patients with flatulence: effect of diet
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The role of diet in the management of non-ulcer dyspepsia:
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4 Anal gas evacuation and colonic microbiota in patients with flatulence: effect of diet
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5 Influence of impaired mastication on nutrition.
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6 Bloating and intestinal gas.
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How To Shift Acidity
Into Neutral

Powders are easy to carry and administer, so long
as water is accessible, and they start acting
quickly to relieve acidity symptoms.

Liquids tend to act more quickly on an acidity
problem than tablets and are often the preferred
form for children, but can be difficult to
carry around when you’re on the go.

Tablets are easy to carry, but tend to act more
slowly than either liquids or powders to relieve
acidity symptoms.