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I am always passing gas and need to know what to do.

By Anonymous July 8, 2016 - 11:45am
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Hi Anon

Thank you for reaching out to EmpowHER with your question!

You have not given us any more information other than you have gas so I'll try to give you some general advice.

The passing of intestinal gas is a normal process, but it can become unpleasant, uncomfortable, or embarrassing. Intestinal gas has two primary sources: bacteria in the intestines and air swallowed by mouth (aerophagia). Certain foods greatly increase the production of gas in the intestines by providing nutrients to gas-producing bacteria.

Common gas-increasing foods include beans, beer, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, fructose, onions, prunes, red wine, and sorbitol. In general, high-fiber foods cause more gas than low-fiber ones, and, for this reason, people who switch to a whole foods diet frequently experience more gas.

Certain medical conditions can also increase gas-related symptoms, including celiac sprue, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease , fat malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome , lactose intolerance , and ulcerative colitis . Finally, some people may experience significant gas discomfort without actually producing more gas than other people.

Treatment of excess gas begins with treating the underlying disease, if there is one. Beyond that, general steps include avoiding gas-producing foods and minimizing habits that cause aerophagia (such as gulping of beverages).

Medications such as simethicone, metoclopramide, and antibiotics may also help, although the supporting evidence to indicate that they are effective remains incomplete.

Natural Treatments

There has been little meaningful scientific investigation of natural treatments to reduce gas in people who are otherwise healthy. However, some evidence supports the use of natural treatments for reducing gas production among those with irritable bowel syndrome (a cluster of nonspecific intestinal complaints) or dyspepsia (a cluster of nonspecific stomach-related complaints). It is likely, although not guaranteed, that the benefits seen in these studies would carry over to people without these conditions.

For example, a 4-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 people with irritable bowel syndrome found that use of probiotics (friendly bacteria) reduced gas-related discomfort. 1 Probiotics are presumed to work by replacing gas-producing bacteria with others that are less likely to create gas. Note : Initial use of probiotics reportedly can increase gas production for a short time.

Other treatments for irritable bowel syndrome, such as peppermint oil and flaxseed , may be helpful as well.

The herbs turmeric , artichoke leaf , and boldo have shown promise for reducing gas in people with dyspepsia.

Beano, a product containing the enzyme beta-galactosidase, is widely available for reducing gas caused by consuming beans. This enzyme breaks down some of the gas-producing carbohydrates in beans. However, a study designed to test this substance found only weak evidence of effectiveness.

Anon, if you condition is very bad, seeing a specialist in digestive disorders is a good idea and a nutritionist can also be of great benefit if your issue is food-related.

The article may also be of help to you: http://www.empowher.com/irritable-bowel-syndrome/content/gas-bloating-intestinal-discomfort-reach-probiotic

I hope this has helped!


July 8, 2016 - 12:27pm
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