Got Gas In Your Stomach?
Gas in your stomach can lead to embarrassing situations, or can simply make you feel full or unpleasant. We all get gas from time to time. Most of the time it's our own fault, as when we eat something, or too much of something, that causes gas. Gas in your stomach can also be symptomatic of an underlying disease or disorder, something that is usually is not your fault. Gas can also accumulate when you swallow too much air, something you can often control to some extent.
Either we just put up with the gas, and its side effects as well, or we may try to do something about it. It's rather seldom that we try to avoid getting gas in the first place, though most of us are aware that certain foods tend to cause gas to form. Someone once compared having gas to running around naked, in that it has a tendency to bring everyone down to the same level.
You Swallow More Air Than You Think
Let’s first look at gas caused by swallowing too much air. We usually don't swallow air on purpose unless we're participating in a belching contest, an activity we usually grow out of by our early twenties. We tend to swallow air if we eat too quickly. Carbonated beverages can also contribute to gas, since we literally are swallowing gas as we drink the beverage. Although we don't give it much thought, we tend to swallow quite a bit of air while chewing gum. When we swallow too much air, a burp or a belch or two is often all it takes to relive pressure in the stomach. A burp or belch can be embarrassing at times, but not as much as a rumbling or growing stomach, or passing intestinal gas, which can be a real attention-getter.
This tells us that when it comes to gas in your stomach due to swallowing air, the problem can usually be controlled to some degree once you realize the cause. There are some medical conditions beyond our control which cause us to swallow air. Heartburn is one of these. When we suffer from heartburn, we tend to swallow air to try to force accumulated gas back into the stomach, and keep it out of the esophagus. In this instance, since there is already gas in the digestive tract, by swallowing air we may just be making matters worse. Needless to say, those who have stomach or digestive tract disorders usually have a much greater problem with gas than do others.
That's Not Your Stomach Growling
Digestion is usually the main culprit. Actually, it is a lack of digestion which will cause gas in your stomach, as it is bacteria and enzymes working on undigested or partially digested food that creates gas. The more undigested or partially digest food that's in your stomach or intestines, the greater the gas accumulation will be. The intestine is where most of this gas production takes place. When we swallow air, it’s the stomach where gas accumulates, although it can accumulate in the intestine as well, causing the intestine to make strange noises. In fact, our stomach isn't what growls or makes those other strange noises, it's the large intestine you're listening in on.
Unfortunately, there are lots of food items that are very good for us that can cause gas. Most foods that contain soluble fiber for instance. Nutritionists sometimes fail to mention that these healthy foods can also be great gas producers. Foods rich in soluble fiber include beans, cabbage, asparagus, cauliflower, most fruits, and other vegetables. Whole grain foods can cause gas as well, as can fruit drinks. To entirely avoid gas-producing food items in the diet would leave us with a diet that would not be particularly healthy, and certainly not one that would be recommended by anyone with a background in nutrition.
Keep Track Of What You're Eating
Rather than worry about all the foods you shouldn't be eating, it would make more sense to keep track of what you are eating and try to pinpoint which foods give you gas or leave you with an otherwise uncomfortable feeling. You may elect to cut certain foods out of your diet, or simply cut back a bit on some foods. Not everyone is the same as far as what gives them gas and what doesn't. You might experience gas in your stomach from eating onions. Others may also, but most people do not. Or, you might be getting gas in your stomach simply because you're eating too much most of the time. It's no secret that many who have gone on a weight reduction program have made the pleasant discovery that, as pounds have been shed, the number of incidents of gas in the stomach has often decreased correspondingly.
The bottom line? Try not to swallow air of you can avoid doing so. Eat a healthy diet, keeping an eye out for those, hopefully few, food items that may at times give you gas. Cut back on those foods.
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