Passing gas is something that happens to all of us despite how much we wish it didn’t. Whereas gas is not a problem for everyone, there are people who experience an excess of flatulence that is often accompanied by abdominal pain and discomfort. This sort of pain occurs because gas gets trapped in the bends of the colon. Why do you have gas though? Let’s uncover some of the possible reasons.
You are swallowing air
The act of swallowing air is known as aerophagia and is normally something people do subconsciously. It can, however, contribute to someone experiencing excess gas as they are swallowing gas that has to somehow escape their body. If you think this is what is occurring with your body, try eating more slowly and also avoid drinking carbonated beverages, smoking and chewing gum which are likely to increase the amount of air that gets into your digestive system.
You have an intolerance to certain types of food
Many people are lactose intolerant, meaning the have trouble digesting lactose which is the sugar that occupies most dairy products made from milk. Others have an affinity to food sugars. These are things like sorbitol and fructose. If you body cannot tolerate certain foods and you continue to eat them, it is likely you will experience excess gas. Remove foods from your diet that you believe may be causing these symptoms and find out for yourself or see a doctor for a true diagnosis.
Your diet is causing it
Certain foods, whether your digestive system can tolerate them or not, are sure to increase your flatulence. If you eat a lot of cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, beans, corn, wheat products or potatoes, these could be causing you to have more gas than is normal.
If you have tried everything you can think of to eliminate your excess gas and still nothing works, it may be time to call your local gastroenterologist. The professionals at West Gastroenterology Medical Center can help you correct these symptoms when you make an appointment at one of our offices.