What Causes Gas & Bloating
Gas and bloating are topics that no one wants to talk about. Comedians make jokes about them and the actions associated with alleviating gas and bloating trigger fits of giggles or looks of disgust from most of us. Perhaps we can shed some light on what causes gas/flatulence and in the process, we may have a bit more compassion for those that need to
pass wind. Flatulence (slang word passing gas) is the medical term for gas that is released from the digestive system through the anus. When gas is released through the mouth it is called burping or belching. Gas can build up in the digestive system by either swallowing too much air as you eat or drink, which causes oxygen and nitrogen to build up in your digestive tract. (Eating too quickly, carbonated beverages, chewing gum, sucking on candy, even drinking through a straw). There are times when this air is not released through burping which can force the air down into the gut. The process of digestion also causes it. As food moves through your digestive tract, various reactions take place to help break it down, moving it from the small intestine to the large intestine. Once food reaches the large intestine, the bacteria in your gut goes to work. The breakdown of bacteria produces gases such as hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide, which can collect in the digestive tract and needs to leave the body somehow. Different foods tend to cause more gas than others such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, apples, simple sugars, and starches. Food combining, such as fruits with a substantial carbohydrate meal or combining too many fructose-containing foods all at once (fructose is naturally occurring sugar in fruits), can cause food to stay in your digestive tract longer then it should, and the longer the food sits in your gut undigested, the more likely you are to have gas. Temporary or chronic constipation may also cause gas or the inability to pass gas, leading to stomach pain and bloating. Some medical conditions may cause you to be more flatulent such as diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, as well as food intolerances such as lactose or gluten.
What to Do for Intestinal Gas?
Now that you understand that flatulence is a normal process and some of the reasons that cause it, take some steps to address the problem. Pay closer attention to your food-combining. Just because a food bothers you does not necessarily mean it will have the same effect on others. Don’t delay having a bowel movement; it can cause build-up of gas in the intestines, causing pain, bloating and often smellier flatulent moments. Rule out any food intolerances. Do you have more gas after consuming dairy products? You could be lactose intolerant. Consider Renew Life LactoZYME, (Lactase Enzyme) before you eat dairy products. LactoZYME is a digestive
enzyme formula that works to help breakdown the lactose found in dairy products. It also contains the digestive enzymes lipase and protease that work to enhance digestion of the fats and proteins contained in dairy. Keep your gut bacteria healthy with a daily probiotic such as Renew Life Ultimate Flora Daily Care, with ten probiotic strains and a delayed release, one-a-day capsule; it can safely pass through your stomach into the intestines, where it is needed the most. You may be familiar with “Beano“ digestive enzymes; Renew Life Makes GasSTOP, which is a superior version. Beano contains only one type of enzyme (Alpha-Galactosidase) and some other unnecessary added non-essentials. Renew Life also includes the enzyme Alpha-Galactosidase, which helps break down complex sugars and fats found in foods that can be more challenging to digest (peanuts, beans, lentils, cabbage, broccoli, etc.). However, Renew Life GasSTOP also contains a full spectrum of enzymes for all the foods groups. Remember, different foods affect individuals differently so beans may not bother you, but proteins may (Protease enzyme), Fatty Foods (Lipase), Fibrous vegetables (Cellulase) or Grains (Phytase). If you are prone to more gas than normal, taking an enzyme before your meals can help to alleviate gas and bloating by breaking down food products into smaller more usable components, which allows the body to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients and improve the digestion and extraction of undigested materials.
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