7 ways to fix your gas | What Causes Excessive Gas | Sameer Islam Videos
In this video today, I'm going to give you 7 ways to figure out exactly how to cure your gas. If you wait till the very end of the video, I will tell you exactly what supplement I recommend to help out with some of the gas issues that you may be having.
So for those guys who are joining today, my name is Dr. Sameer Islam, and yes, I am a poop doctor. My, my job is actually to help out with some of your poop issues. And my passion is to give you tips and tricks to help out with your gut health. If you're new to these videos series, I do a lot of videos on gut health, medical education, and videos, just as such like this one, which I give a topic and I explain to you exactly what I would recommend to help out with this topic.
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But in today's video, I'm going to tell you exactly what causes excess gas, how to reduce that gas, then I will talk to you at the very end about the supplements that I recommend to help out with a lot of your gas issues.
I love this topic. This is one of those topics in which it's one of those "talk at the door" topics in which I talk to my patients, go over a lot of their other issues that they came in with, and as I'm walking out the door and I grab the door, the patient tells me, "Hey Dr. Islam, I've got one more question." And I know this is the question that they're really here for. And this is the gem that I want to see if I can help out with my patients the most. This is a very embarrassing topic. I know a lot of you may be Haveing issues.
I'm going to tell you exactly what you can do to help out with gas.
So the first thing is, why do you have so much gas? Why are you so bloated? Why do you pass gas down below? Why do you fart? What is going on with your gut to cause you to have excess gas or to feel like you have a lot of excess gas?
So 75% of the gas that is made comes from fermentation. What happens is whatever we certain foods or whenever we ingest certain products, those foods or products go into the colon or the large intestine. Now the large intestine is made up of a ton of bacteria, and that bacteria causes fermentation and gas to occur. And for some people, it can be just producing gas and that's it.
But for some other people, all that stuff that goes into the small intestine produces a tremendous amount of gas. It's like an atomic bomb, just blowing up inside that colon. And that can cause people to have so much gas to occur. And sometimes that undigested food gets into the colon and cannot be digested completely, which causes that gas to occur.
The most common reason is certain foods such as FODMAPs, which I'll put a post or a link down below, but what those actually are, but those foods are very, uh, are very common foods that are not digested and cause an imbalance in the gut microbiome. And that imbalance caused a lot of gas to occur and causes a lot of bad bacteria to be produced, making that excess gas and make it more difficult for my patient to deal with that.
So keep in mind the average adult passes gas up 25 times per day.
Yes. I actually said we have a study. There are people who've actually studied how much gas you produce in a day. The average person produces gas about 25 per day, but 99% of the volume of that excess gas is due to excess nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane, and these are produced by bacteria within the gut.
So how do you fix it? There are certain foods that you may not realize are gas-producing foods. The ones that are the biggest culprits are these FODMAPs, which are certain carbohydrates, which a lot of people can't digest, and because of that, they go into the gut microbiome, they go into the large intestine or the colon. And because they're not digestible, they produce a lot of gas, a lot of fermentation, a lot of that methane that you may feel as bloating and dissension. And by minimizing those FODMAPs, this is a very common reason why you produce a lot of gas. And for a lot of our patients, we put them on a low FODMAP diet in which we minimize those carbohydrates, and by doing that we produce less gas.
The second thing you can do is actually probiotics. Now, probiotics don't work for everybody, but there are a good number of patients who we give them a probiotic, and a lot of their gut symptoms can be improved- whether it's decreasing gas, helping to regulate your bowels, or just to have a healthy microbiome, probiotics are an additional supplement. We recommend for some of my patients to help out with their gut issues. And what we think is going on is that the probiotics actually help to introduce good bacteria within the GI tract. By having good bacteria replace the bad bacteria, we can help out with some of your gut issues as well.
Stress- people don't realize how much stress plays a role in a lot of your gut issues, whether it's constipation, diarrhea, reflux, or heartburn, stress wreaks havoc inside the gut. And there's a connection between the brain and the gut. We know this is, we know for a fact, this occurs and for a lot of my patients who have gut issues by minimizing their stress or negating their stress, they can start to feel a lot better.
Constipation, oh my goodness. So people don't realize a lot of my patients. I realized the connection between gas and constipation. So the analogy I have is that your GI tract is like one long tube. And one part of that tube is clogged up. It's going to cause backflow beyond further up where that constipation or that blockage is, and that backlog can produce gas, distension, bloating, and upset something. So one of the things that we recommend to help out with gas, especially if you're constipated is to get more regular, have frequent bowel movements, use things like Miralax, fiber, other supplements, or maybe speak to your healthcare provider about whether there are medications we can give you to help out with your constipation.
So now that I talked about some of the things that you can do, I know, I know a lot of people ask me, Hey, Dr. Islam, what are some of the supplements that we can recommend to help out with some of the gas issues that you're having? Or what can I try maybe over the counter or a natural way top out with your gas?
The first thing we recommend is activated charcoal. So activated charcoal are products that have been shown to help out with gas and to reduce and reduce the amount of odor and the gas that you're forming. This is a very effective option for our patients who have gas, a very natural way to help out with that. Keep in mind though, one of the warning things about activated charcoal is that it can also affect the absorption of certain medications that you're on. So before you start this, I'm telling you to speak to your healthcare provider- don't start things so that speaking to your doctor and make sure you speak to your healthcare provider about whether you need to try activated charcoal.
The second thing is digestive enzymes. Now digestive enzymes are enzymes you can take that for some people can actually help out with gas as well. These are chemicals that we introduce into the body to help out with some of the problems with gas and digestion. And some people lack these enzymes. And by placing patients on these digestive enzymes, some of their gas issues can get better.
The third thing I'd recommend is over the counter Simethicone- this actually works! These are in products like Gas X, or things like that. And this is available both as a pill or a liquid form. You can get this at any pharmacy or national food store, but Simethicone, if you look at the ingredients on there, can really help out with a lot of gas issues that people are having and help out with a lot of the distension and bloating that you may be suffering when it comes to gas problems.
So in summary, excess gas, if you have that considered dietary options, like a FODMAP or a low FODMAP diet, to help out some of the gas issues. Some people respond to certain strains of probiotics. Try to keep maybe a food and symptom journal to see if you can notice your own particular triggers when it comes to gas and bloating. And some of the most common offenders include things like high fiber foods or sulfur-rich foods, and actually helping out with stress management and constipation can help out with your gas issues. For some people, you may need to use digestive enzymes and other products to help out.
My question for you guys, have you sorry for, from gas and what have you done to, how about with your gas issues? I would like to hear what you guys have to say.