Excessive Gas

Everyone experiences flatulence and burping at many points of their lives, and often daily. But when is gas excessive?

What Is Excessive Gas?

The body naturally produces various gasses. Digestion of some foods, particularly ones rich in fiber can produce additional gas. Burping or passing gas after meals doesn't mean that you suffer from excessive gas. Even if you feel like you suffer from excessive gas, there is a chance the amount is within a normal range. If the amount of gas is making you feel uncomfortable, there are steps you can take to adjust your diet and reduce flatulence and bloating.

Excessive Flatulence

As mentioned just above, if you eat healthy foods rich in dietary fiber, the extra flatulence might be a good thing as it might mean that your colon is using the dietary fiber from the foods you ate, to boost your digestion and to absorb more of the nutrients from the foods.

Sugar Substitutes Causing Excessive Flatulence

Many people can have allergic reactions to food. One very common cause of excessive gas is irritation from sugar substitutes that are present in many sugar-free or reduced-calorie foods. Be careful not to overeat foods with labels such as "sugar free" or "reduced calories" because the way these foods reduce calories is substitute real sugar with chemicals like sorbitol which may cause you to have gas.

Most people produce up to four pints of gas a day, resulting in passing gas or belching more than 20 times each day.

Excessive Gas From Disorders

Many digestive system disorders can cause excessive gas. Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are especially known to cause people very embarrassing and uncomfortable episodes of having excessive foul-smelling gas for long periods of time. Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis patients have more than just excessive gas. They suffer from terrible diarrhea and constipation, and are at risk for even more serious and dangerous digestive problems. Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis patients often go through multiple surgeries and have to cope with their life-long battle with these disorders.

Excessive Gas From Diet

Diet can cause episodes of excessive gas from either eating too many healthy vegetables which have dietary fiber or eating too many processed and unhealthy foods with different chemicals. All of our bodies are different and some of our systems may reject some of the added sugars, flavors, preservatives and other substances that are added to our foods. When we consume too much of such foods that our bodies react negatively to them, we may experience excessive gas.

Excessive Gas From Gluten Intolerance

Gluten is a protein composite that comes from processing of many different wheat foods. Many people do not process gluten well and have allergic or just bad reactions to foods containing gluten. This usually results from having upset stomachs and episodes of having excessive gas, bloating and bowel movements.

Excessive Gas From Bacteria

In cases of food poisoning or various harmful bacteria that may invade our intestines, people may experience severe diarrhea and accompanying excessive gas, both of which can last for days until treated. This usually happens from unsafe and unclean handling of food or water. Such bacteria can also be contracted when traveling. Many countries do not have high sanitation laws and practices and ofter have unclean water. People traveling abroad must be extra careful about where and what they eat and drink.

Interaction of nutrients and fats with bacteria in the colon can produce excess gas. Sometimes the gas gets mixed in with the stools in which cases there might become so much gas inside the actual feces that people can observe floating poop after defecation. Of course, there are many reasons why stools can float, so don't just assume all the time that if you see floating stools that that can be the only reason.

Excessive Gas In Form of Belching

In cases of medical conditions such as GERD or Gastritis, it is possible to have too much gas come back out through the mouth, via the esophagus. When this happens due to stomach inflammation or irritation, the condition is called Gastritis. GERD is the common acid reflux that many people are familiar with.

GERD Photo

If you experience too much gas, and you also observe accompanying symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or blood in the stool (hematochezia), the underlying cause may be a medical condition. If these symptoms combinations do not go away on their own, you would be well advised to seek a proper diagnosis and find out what underlying cause is behind all this.

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