At our office, we like to talk about poop. It’s a natural part of life, and it’s one of the functions that keep your body moving like it’s supposed to. The GI system may not be glamorous, but it is a crucial part of your health. In addition to talking about poop, today we’re also going to talk about gas. We’ve all been there and have experienced gas, a loud and badly timed belch, or bloating. These uncomfortable (and potentially embarrassing!) bodily functions are actually an important part of your digestive system.
Pardon Me While I Expel My Gas
Belching is a result of trapped gas in your stomach and esophagus that has to find its way out through your mouth. You may find yourself experiencing the need to belch more after eating a large meal, drinking carbonated beverages, or eating too quickly. Some people even find themselves experiencing the need to belch after drinking from a straw, since the straw allows extra air in. Although it can seem a bit gross or impolite to belch, it serves an important function by letting excess gas out of your body, which will in turn help lessen discomfort. If you’re looking for a way to cut down on belching, it is important to eat slowly so that your digestive tract can start doing its job before the food makes its way down into your stomach. Eliminating carbonated beverages may also help.
Your Gas Might Be Due To What’s On Your Plate
Although flatulence and bloating can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable health issue to deal with, it can often be caused by a healthy diet. Many high fiber foods, veggies, or beans are common culprits, as well as milk and dairy products. These foods have fiber, sugar, and starches that the body has difficulty processing, which causes the release of gas into the intestines. The gas has to make its way out of the body somehow, which is what could result in this flatulence.
So What Does Excessive Gas Mean?
If your gas is causing you serious discomfort, or you’re finding that it is excessive or that it has an extreme smell, there could be more to it. Patients who are lactose intolerant, have certain GI disorders, IBS, or certain forms of cancer may find that their gas is a little more severe than others. Contact Dr. Sameer Islam today and make an appointment to talk about your gas and we will help you get to the bottom of it.