I hear worries about gas and bloating all the time from patients. What may freak you out is thatthe regular adult produces about one to three pints of gas each day, which is passed frombelow 14 to 23 times per day. Burping before or after a meal is also usual. So how much is toomuch, and why does it occur?
1. Where does the gas come from? There are two bases of colonic gas: gas that is ingested(swallowed air) and gas formed by bacteria in the colon.2. Burping vs. passing gas: Most believed air is removed by burping, which means that only asmall amount of air passes from the stomach into the small intestine. When sitting up, mostaccepted air passes back up the esophagus and out of the mouth, which will cause you to burp.When lying down, accepted air tends to pass into the small intestine, which can cause you topass gas.
3. Burping foods: Burping is more common with foods that reduce the sphincter at the minorend of the esophagus where it joins the stomach. Peppermint, chocolate, and high fat foods willdo this.4. Passing gas : The colon covers billions of harmless bacteria. The stomach isn’t great atprocessing certain carbs, so the bacteria in the colon have to do the work. Those foods willcause you to have more gas because the colon bacteria are working hard.5. Why do farts smell? However, a minor component of gas, hint quantities of sulfur cause thesmell.
6. Why do I get gas and bloating with dairy? Some people are not able to digest surecarbohydrates. A classic instance is lactose, the major sugar in dairy foods. Eating dairy (lactose)may lead to augmented gas production, along with cramping and diarrhea.7. What about bacterial overgrowth? For explanations we aren’t sure about, some people tendto harbor large numbers of bacteria in their small bowel and are prone to grow excessive gas.8. Why do I burp more than other people? Pay care to causes of increased swallowing, such aschewing gum and smoking. Eat slowly without gulping and avoid effervescent beverages.
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