While it is not often the topic of polite conversation, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reports that passing gas in some manner is normal, and 13-21 times a day is about average for a normal person. For some people, excessive gas can be embarrassing, painful, and at times may be a symptom of a larger problem that should be examined by your gastroenterologist. If you are experiencing problems including chronic flatulence or painful gas, here are a few common causes that you may wish to examine and avoid:
Watch what you eat: It is well-known that certain foods may be the culprit when it comes to belching and flatulence. Dairy products like milk, ice cream, and cheese are often to blame. Vegetables like brussels sprouts and broccoli are also problematic for some people, while fruits like pears and apples can also cause issues. Artificial sweeteners can also bother your stomach and may lead to excessive gas and painful stomach problems.
Drink before you eat, and eat slowly: Properly hydrating before you eat will help you break down food correctly, and eating slowly will prevent air from being trapped in your body while you consume your meal.
Rely on digestive aids: Popular consumer products like Gas-X and Beano have been a great help if your body is struggling to break down certain enzymes in the food you have eaten.
See a doctor: Excessive gas isn’t funny if the underlying issue is more serious than you initially thought. Make sure to visit your gastroenterologist if you experience chronic pain or if your symptoms don’t go away with a change in diet or use of over-the-counter medication. Some patients may discover that they suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or, worse, colon cancer, so it is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible so that you can begin treatment right away.
Dr. Bradley Reiders and Dr. Gautam Reddy have committed their professional careers to helping people who are suffering from pain and discomfort, and we are here to help you as well. Contact the professionals at GastroCare LI today to schedule an appointment with us.