Gas and bloating can be bothersome, uncomfortable and downright embarrassing, but with 10 to 20 percent of adults experiencing belching and flatulence on the daily. It seems these seldom-spoken-about symptoms are more common than you might expect! After all, gas and bloating are a normal part of the digestion process .
These symptoms alone aren’t an indication that anything is wrong. On the contrary, in an average adult, gas can be a sign of a healthy gut hard at work. However, abnormal gut microbes (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Large Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) poor diet, improper fiber intake, and unhealthy eating habits can cause problems such as abdominal discomfort and an abdomen that feels bloated or larger than normal .
The main culprits of gas in an otherwise healthy individual can include:
- Carbohydrates, protein and fiber that are hard to digest
- Improper eating habits (not chewing food properly, eating quickly, processed foods)
- Not having enough stomach acid or enzymes to break down proteins and carbohydrates
- Bacterial overgrowth (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth = S.I.B.O, Large Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth = L.I.B.O.)
These causes can throw your gut flora out of whack, and make your gut work harder than it needs to!
Knowing what foods to eat and which ones to avoid is a crucial part of avoiding gas and bloating. Another crucial piece if someone is deficient in digestive enzymes and or hydrochloric acid can be supplementation of these.
According to The Chopra Center, constipation, dehydration, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), candida overgrowth, food allergies, food sensitivities, and digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are more serious causes of bloating and need proper medical attention. The providers at Inspired Health are happy to join you on your health journey!
Foods + habits to AVOID to minimize gas and bloating include:
- Overeating + Under chewing
- Spicy, fried food
- Chewing gum
- Long-term use of medications for relief of cold symptoms
- Sorbitol, mannitol or Maltitol
Changes you can make to lessen gas production:
- Slow down while eating: no screens, chew your food thoroughly, enjoy!
- Minimize fluid intake while eating (to help support the concentration of stomach acid and enzyme production)
- Move your body! Walking and regular exercise helps your gut work more effectively
- Walking after eating
- Implement natural remedies such as herbs and tea into your daily routine
- Support your health by eating right and exercising regularly!
If you find your gas production and abdominal discomfort is persistent, seek the help of a medical professional. Additionally, a few years back we touched on this topic in a post titled: Digestive Health: The Key to Optimal Wellness and we asked….
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1 “Gas: Beat The Bloat – Brigham and Women’s Hospital.” https://www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/meals-and-nutrition/bwh-nutrition-and-wellness -hub/special-topics/gas-beat-the-bloat.
2. “8 Ways to Overcome Belly Bloating | The Chopra Center.” 8 Mar. 2018, https://chopra.com/articles/8-ways-to-overcome-belly-bloating.