How to Deal with Excess Gas in the Stomach

We all experience gas problems in the stomach at one time or another. For some, it is an everyday ordeal. However, the degrees vary. But when this translates to a bigger problem and not just a personal inconvenience, then there is a cause for alarm.

First, you may have to find out which foods are fighting back. Different types of food will cause gas to different people. Find out which foods do not go well with you. This will be best achieved by recording all your problem foods. Modifying your eating habits is the first step towards coping with gas.

If that does not provide relief, then it means the problem is not just a normal reaction to eating, but a symptom of an underlying disorder. Here are several causes of excessive stomach gas:

Lactose intolerance: This is where the body is unable to handle lactose, the sugar found in milk. This can occur from birth or later in life. This means that milk and other dairy products become the cause for gas problems.

Mal-absorption syndromes such as celiac disease, where the body is unable to handle gluten, a protein found in wheat products. This problem starts as early as infancy for some but it can also occur at teenage or even adulthood. For this condition, the doctor will want a biopsy done of the small intestine to find out the condition as there are many other diseases with similar symptoms. Typical symptoms of celiac disease include loss of weight and appetite, anaemia, tiredness and bulky, light-colored, fatty stool.

If not treated, celiac disease will lead to bone and nerve pain. It can result to broken bones. Treatment of celiac disease includes mainly dietary change. Avoid foods rich in gluten such as found commonly in grains, like wheat, rye, barley and oats. Eating these foods for people with celiac disease will not only cause unpleasant symptoms but can also damage the intestine tract.

Sometimes, it may not be just the diet causing you gas complications but simply the way you eat. For instance, gulping your food will cause you to swallow air along with it.

At other times, it is simply being tense or in pain that actually causes you to swallow air. If you have determined the cause of your excessive gas, it becomes easier to remedy it. If your excessive gas results from swallowing air, all you need to do is eat more slowly and try using a straw while drinking.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Although symptoms of this syndrome vary from one affected person to another, the most common symptom include gas, bloating or abdominal pain. There is usually nausea or weight loss coupled with erratic bowel movements or diarrhea. also common in this condition is fatigue, anxiety, impaired concentration, headache and depression. Some of these symptoms are easily triggered by such factors as stress, lack of sleep, over-use of laxatives, alcohol, tobacco, coffee or tea.

This is a 'functional' disorder whose symptoms result from abnormal muscle activity in the intestine tract. It's only the bowel function and not its structure that is disturbed.

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