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What do humans have in common with bike tires and those cartoon-character balloons that are hauled down parade routes on holidays? All three contain gas.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it's common for people to produce one-half to two quarts of gas a day, expelling it in up to 14 daily bursts. Some gas gets into people's digestive tracts after they swallow it from the surrounding air. But some gas is there because bacteria in the colon produce it after munching on undigested material.
Some people may find gas in their digestive tract to be particularly uncomfortable . This is called bloating . Gas discomfort is a common symptom that in most cases doesn't point to a serious problem. But if gas is causing you serious pain or it's been uncomfortable for more than two weeks, bring it to your doctor's attention. Also make an appointment with your doctor if you also have other symptoms that could be related, such as weight loss.
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Let me start this week's blog by admitting that I love pork - pork chops, pork roast, pork spare ribs, you name it if it's pork I like it. And since I haven't been able to eat beef (without big, bad repercussions) for nearly 10 years, pork helps to put some variety in my mainly chicken and fish diet. But, for the past few months I've been noticing that when I eat pork I tend to feel very bloated and gassy within an hour of eating it. Bloating and gas have never been problem symptoms for me with my IBD , so when this started I was surprised and confounded.
At first, I didn't connect my physical feelings with the pork. For a couple of months I played around with the other things I was eating like pasta, potatoes, wheat, nuts, and lentils. I even went so far as to cut-out from my diet all wheat products for a couple of weeks.
These measures seemed to help, a bit. If anything it made me realize that I was eating too many flour-based products in a 24-hour period. But some nigh...
Bloating is the feeling of a full, swollen belly area, usually due to gas in the intestines. Some women have bloating before or during their period (menstrual cycle).
See also: Abdominal bloating
Menstrual periods and bloating
If you have bloating associated with your menstrual cycle, exercise to sweat out excess fluids and eat more high-fiber foods to help prevent constipation .
See also: PMS
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