digestive gases

Written by: Dr. Fermín Mearin Manrique
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The gases have become one of the most frequent complaints of patients attending a specialist doctor in digestive system. The discomfort produced by the accumulation of gases are essentially threefold:

1 . Swelling of the abdomen

2 . Excessive belching

3 . Excessive flatulence

We must remember that both are fart burp as normal processes;that if, when produced in quantity"Standard"and in the right place.

Causes of excess gases

Excessive accumulation of gases can occur by different mechanisms. And it's more like a medical issue accounting: the amount of gas remains inside the digestive tract is the least what comes out


¿, The gas enters


The digestive gas comes on the one hand, the gas you eat with meals and drinks. There are foods that are particularly flatulent as white beans, chickpeas, sprouts… etc. Moreover, many drinks containing gas: soft drinks, wine, beer… etc.. Also there intestinal gas that occurs in the digestive tract itself, during the reaction of stomach acids with other substances. In certain diseases the intestine is unable to absorb some sugars, so that a large amount of gas coming from the intestine itself is produced. This would be the case in patients with celiac disease, to deficient or absorb lactose malabsorption of sugars.

However, the most common cause of intestinal gas accumulation is excessive air swallowing,&hellip aerophagia, which means swallowing air. Naturally this is inadvertent swallowing air. All swallow some air to breathe, to speak, to eat... And, much more air swallowed when this nervous, when eaten too fast, when chewed wrong or when you breathe through your mouth. Smoking, chewing gum or eating candy greatly increases the amount of accumulated air. We already have the“having” in our ledger.

¿Since the gas is removed ?

The gas not only expels"above"( belching ) and"below"( flatulence ), it is absorbed throughout the gastrointestinal tract and enters the bloodstream. Here is the part of the“should” Book our gas accounting. But in this book, as in many other books of account, there are some pitfalls and do not always add up the inputs and the outputs. Sometimes, the gas may be retained to produce swelling because bowel movements are too slow;this occurs in some cases of constipation.

But, also, for more complication the owner of the business ( you or I ) do not always perceived in the same way the"& quot ;, ie gains two people who hold the same amount of gas need not to have the same discomfort. And this is because the sensitivity of the intestine, as well as that of any other part of the body is different in different people have a more sensitive about intestine and others have more insensitive


Now, let's balance. & iquest;We eat too much gas ?¿We swallow air?¿We expelled some?¿Remains retained ? May each day bring to his ledger;just so you can do the math and improve outcomes. If you do not leave the accounts it is best to consult your doctor.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Fermín Mearin Manrique

Eminence specialty, is currently the director of the Department of Gastroenterology of the Teknon Medical Center. Doctor Cum Laude at the Autonomous University of Madrid, has experience in professional and research centers of excellence such as the Mayo Clinic in the United States and the Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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