Everyone has gas in their stomachs and intestines. An excess of gas can be caused by particular foods, carbonated drinks or swallowing air.What causes intestinal gas ?
Everyone has gas in their stomach and intestine. Air gets there mainly by being swallowed. The air that is swallowed and not removed by belching will pass through the digestive tract and eventually pass as gas from the rectum. Additional gas in the colon (large intestine) is created when bacteria digest certain components of food that are not completely absorbed.
Everyone passes gas each day. This is normal and does not have to be painful or considered a problem. Excess gas that can be caused by eating large amounts of indigestible foods can cause bloating, cramps, pain, and diarrhea. Excessive belching or burping can result from frequent air swallowing and is seen in children who suck on pacifiers or cry for long periods of time. In older children, chewing gum can be a factor. Purposeful air gulping is a common ‘talent’ learned and displayed by some school-age children and teenagers.How is gastrointestinal gas controlled ?
The best way to control intestinal gas is to avoid the consumption of those foods that generate the gas. Trial and error is often needed to pinpoint the main culprit of increased gas in an individual.
Daily exercise can help stimulate passage of gas through the digestive tract.