Intestinal gas, abdominal bloating, farting or breaking wind is a natural part of the digestive process. This odorless gas, although at times embarrassing, is the result of good digestion. Every day our body produces 1-3 liters of gas that ultimately passed. Intestinal gas consisting of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. If we notice an unpleasant smell, it’s because the gas contains other compounds, including hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.
Bacteria that live in our digestive tract is what produces most intestinal gas. This digest the food we eat, especially sugars, starch and cellulose. When ingested sugar is never completely broken, they can ferment and produce gas as they pass through the small intestine. The contraction of the small intestine is pushing gas through the colon, where it is expelled out the rectum. This prevents the gas accumulates in the body, which can cause cramps.
Certain foods produce more gas then others. Some healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, beans and peas often are the worst offenders. Foods high in soluble fiber. Fiber slows the digestion of starch in the small intestine, thus promoting increased gas. Fiber, however, has many benefits, including promoting a healthy digestive tract, regulate blood sugar and maintaining normal cholesterol levels.
Normally we pass gas about fourteen times a day. Intestinal gas is only considered excessive if it is going through more than twenty times per day. If someone complains of excessive gas, but not through it more than twenty times a day, then something else might happen. Perhaps the real concern is the foul odor to their gas, inability to hold gas back, or even a problem with soiling their clothes when the gas is being passed. Fortunately there are a number of natural, alternative health medicine we can try that may help to reduce or eliminate the embarrassment of intestinal gas from our lives.
Recommendations For Wellness
Avoid foods such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, coffee, eggs, fish, prunes, radishes, dates, figs – or artificial sweeteners like sorbitol – which can promote the production of gas.
Limit high fat foods. Fat slows digestion of food through the stomach and small intestine.
Avoid milk and dairy products, especially if you suspect you are lactose intolerant.
Try taking a digestive enzyme or digestive bitter tonic before meals to help improve the digestion of carbohydrates.
Activated charcoal tablets, when taken before meals, has been shown to greatly reduce gas formation.
Ginger, either fresh or in tablet form, is useful in relieving flatulence.
Catnip and fennel are herbs that are often used to ease bloating and reduce intestinal gas.
Anti-NSP Gas Formula contains a blend of herbs that help the body attempts to expel the gas.
Supplementation with probiotics such as cidophilus and b ifidophilus supports healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and keeps gas-producing bacteria in check.