You are far from alone.
While passing gas up to 21 times a day is considered normal[i] — and technically having too much gas is rare — uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing, symptoms that go along with gas in the digestive tract are incredibly common.
Everyone Has Gas … But Some Have More Than Others
Everyone has gas because it’s primarily caused by swallowing air along with the breakdown of foods in your intestines. That said, some people do have more gas than others. For instance, you may swallow more air than most, leading to excess gas, if you:[ii]
- Chew gum
- Eat or drink too quickly
- Suck on hard candies
- Drink carbonated drinks
- Wear loose-fitting dentures
As you might be aware, your diet is also a common cause of flatulence, particularly if you eat a lot of carbohydrates (proteins and fats do not commonly cause gas). The tendency of carbs in your diet to cause gas depends on how well your body is able to digest them, along with the makeup of bacteria in your digestive tract.
Undigested carbohydrates will be broken down by bacteria in your large intestine, leading to the production of a variety of gasses (carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide).
If you already suffer from a digestive order that makes it difficult for you to digest your food properly, such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease, or if you have food allergies or lactose intolerance, gas is likely to be a problem for you. Likewise if your intestinal microflora is compromised, making proper digestion difficult.
Some of the most common gas-causing carb culprits include:[iii]
- Dairy products such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt
- Vegetables, particularly broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, mushrooms, artichokes and asparagus
- Fruits such as pears, apples and peaches, and fruit juice
- Soda and other drinks made from high-fructose corn syrup
- Whole grains (whole wheat, bran, etc.)
- Packaged foods that contain lactose (a milk sugar), such as bread, cereal and salad dressing
- Sugar-free foods containing sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol or other sugar alcohols
Natural Remedies for Gas: The Top 5 Solutions
While over-the-counter medications to eliminate gas may sound appealing, these only relieve the symptoms associated with excess gas, leaving the underlying reason for your flatulence remaining. You’re far better off nipping gas in the bud at its source by:
5. Reducing Swallowed Air
Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly, avoid chewing gum, carbonated beverages and sucking on hard candies, and make sure your dentures fit properly.
This will help stimulate your digestion and keep food moving through your digestive tract. The faster that your food is digested, the less time it has to sit and ferment, leading to gas.
3. Staying Hydrated
Drinking enough pure water will also help keep food moving through your intestines for optimal digestion.
2. Making Dietary Changes
Keep a food diary to determine what types of symptoms occur when you eat certain foods. If one food emerges as a key culprit in causing your gas and related symptoms, eliminate it from your diet. You can then reintroduce it in small amounts to determine how much your body can tolerate at a time.
This is an effective strategy if only one or two foods are most problematic, however you should not rule out entire categories of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables. If numerous vegetables or other carbs cause you to have uncomfortable gas, you’re better off tackling the underlying issues within your digestive tract …
1. Cleansing Your Colon
A clogged colon leads to inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, causing a condition that’s known as ‘leaky gut’ – which allows toxins from the waste in your bowel to leak into your bloodstream while also reducing your gastrointestinal tract’s ability to synthesize and absorb key nutrients to promote healthy brain and organ function.
Not only does this set you up for a downward spiral of health issues, a clogged colon is a common source of embarrassing gas, painful bloating, cramping and other digestive symptoms.
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You’ll flush your colon clear of toxic build up (impacted fecal matter, bacteria, parasites and more), soothe inflammation in your GI tract and replenish the good bacteria in your digestive tract, helping to rebalance your vital gut microflora for fast, efficient digestion.
In just two daily capsules, this all-natural blend of herbs, probiotics and more will make excess gas a thing of the past (along with its related bloating, meaning your stomach will likely look flatter too!).
Written By: Updated: March 19,2013