Remedies for aerophagia
Put an end to flatus, essential for digestive balance
The most common gastrointestinal complication that causes negative effects on our health is “gas” or wind. Most of the gases that are produced in the intestine are due to the air that we ingest (aerophagia). It is also naturally produced by the bacteria in the intestinal flora. Our body produces several litres of gas every day. Although we have enough mechanisms to remove and absorb all of the surplus gas, sometimes this digestive balance can be disturbed.
Gases are most commonly manifested as tympanites. This is when classic problems arise, such as abdominal distension or bloating, belching, flatulence (release of gas from colon), abdominal pain and cramps.
It is a common problem for the general public, which can be very uncomfortable, and can also cause significant social problems.
More wind or more sensitive to normal gas content?
It’s important to highlight that some people who suffer from intestinal pain is not because they have more gas in their intestine but because it is difficult for the gas to pass through the intestine or they are more sensitive, which causes referred pains when they have to face small increases in volume.
What causes an excess of gas?
- Most people produce more gas after food and less when they are sleeping.
- Several conditions, such as pregnancy, some surgical procedures or general aging can cause changes in the pelvic muscles, which control the release of gases.
- Some disorders, such as acute and chronic constipation, irritable colon, lactose intolerance, gastric ulcers or Crohn’s disease can also cause excessive gases.
- Everyone is aware that there are many foods that can cause gas when we eat them, such as:
- Legumes: kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, broad beans and peas.
- Vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, lettuce, artichokes, turnips, Swiss chard, peppers, cucumbers, asparagus and spinach.
- Wholegrain products, which are a good source of fibre but are not recommended for people who suffer from tympanites, such as cereals, rice, wholewheat bread.
- Fizzy drinks, especially coca cola and beer or red wine.
- Other vegetables: potato, radish and raw onion.
- Fruit: raisins, apricots, plums, and bananas.
- Eat slowly, and chew food well before swallowing.
- Do not drink a lot of liquid with meals and opt for non-fizzy drinks.
- Drink directly from the bottle or with a straw.
- Don’t talk while eating.
- Avoid chewing gum or sucking sweets.
- Maintain a balanced diet, which is low in fat and carbohydrates.
The food supplement, Neocarbon with activated carbon, green anise (Pimpinella anisum L.) and mint (Menta piperita L.), can be really useful. Activated carbon is a great natural absorbent, which is capable of binding many substances, such as bacteria, toxins and gases; it also rapidly and effectively reduces aerophagia. Mint and anise help with their antispasmodic and relaxing effect.