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Many of the acid reflux patients I work with don't simply deal with the basic heartburn symptoms. One symptom that is frequently mentioned is painful belly bloat. Not only is this bloat painful, but when you can't fit into your jeans it's downright annoying. Most of the reasons for belly bloat can be changed with some simple tweaks. Check out some of the tips below. Slow down while eating We are a fast-paced, fast-food society. If you are eating on the run, you are likely eating too fast. Quickly wolfing down some food may be good for productivity but not for your gut. Slow down, chew your food thoroughly and don't gulp, which causes you to swallow air, and you will improve your digestion. Reduce carbonated beverages Small amounts of carbonated beverages used sparingly can help you belch and relieve pressure from excess gas, but if you are downing more soda than water it could be having the opposite effect. Reduce the amount of carbona...
Gas, also called flatus or flatulence, is air in the intestine that is passed through the rectum. Air that is passed from the digestive tract through the mouth is called belching .
Gas is formed in the intestines as food is being digested. Gas can make you feel bloated, which may cause crampy or colicky abdominal pain .
Gas can be caused by any of the following:
Eating foods that are difficult to digest, such as fiber . If you recently introduced fiber into your diet, having gas may be temporary. Give it a little time. Your body may adjust and stop producing gas.
Eating foods that you cannot tolerate -- for example, if you have lactose intolerance and eat dairy products
Irritable bowel syndrome
-- a chronic form of stomach upset that gets worse with stress
(when your body cannot absorb or digest a ...
Over the weekend, I noticed an interesting question in a column by The People’s Pharmacy’s Joe and Teresa Graedon that addressed the topic of flatulence due to diet. The person who wrote in said that her son is a vegetarian who eats a lot of beans and dairy for protein, as well as lots of vegetables. He especially eats a lot of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots. “He is so flatulent, we can hardly stand it,” the mother wrote.
Smelly gas is one thing, but as I did a little research, there can be other outcomes from gas, such as misdiagnosis of other health issues. For instance, gas in the intestines can cause severe pain for some people, leading to misdiagnosis for a more severe condition. When pain from gas is on the left side of the colon, doctors can confuse it with heart disease. When the pain is on the right side, doctors may suspect gallstones or appendicitis.
So what is gas? Why does it occur? Why does it become smelly? What foods caus...
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