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How to eliminate intestinal gas

Published: 5 October, 2016 - Updated: 4 September, 2020 | 2'

Gas is the biggest complaint at a gastrointestinal level that produces negative effects on our health. Did you know that your body generates several liters of gas daily? Although we have sufficient means to eliminate and absorb all the excess gas, sometimes the so-called ''Digestive balance'' can be disrupted.

Why are the gases produced?

Most of the gas produced in the intestine comes from the air we breathe in (aerophagia). Gas is also produced naturally by bacteria in the gut flora.

The forms in which gases normally manifest themselves are meteorisms. This is when the classic problems of gas retention appear such as abdominal distention or swelling, belching, flatulence (expulsion of gases from the colon), abdominal pain and spasmodic contractions.

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What causes us to produce excess gas?

It is important to note that the pain that some people experience for this reason is not due to an increase in the amount of gas in the intestine, but rather to a certain difficulty in the passage of air through the intestine, or also to an increased sensitivity that produces painful reflexes.

These are the most common situations that cause us to have an excess of gas:

  • Most people produce more gas after meals and less gas while sleeping.
  • Pregnancy, some surgeries, or general aging itself can lead to changes in pelvic muscle activity, which controls the process of passing gas.
  • Some diseases such as acute and chronic constipation, irritable colon, lactose intolerance, gastritis, gastric ulcer, or Crohn's disease also cause gas to build up.
  • It is well known that there are many foods that produce gas when we consume them:
    • Vegetables like beans, chickpeas and lentils. Also broad beans and peas
    • Vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, turnips, beets, peppers, cucumbers, asparagus and spinach.
    • Whole grain foods, which provide fiber but are not indicated if there is meteorism, such as cereals, rice and whole grain bread.
    • Soft drinks, especially cola and beer. Also red wine.
    • Vegetables such as potatoes, radishes or raw onions.
    • Fruits such as raisins, apricots, plums, bananas.

General recommendations to avoid gases

  • Eat slowly, chewing your food well before swallowing it and do not talk while eating.
  • Drink a small amount of liquid during meals and choose non-carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid drinking directly from the bottle or drinking through a straw.
  • Avoid chewing gum and sucking on candy.
  • Eat a balanced, low-fat, low-carb diet.