Gas is one of the most common digestive problems that people
experience. Excess gas may be felt as bloating, pressure and
discomfort in the stomach and intestines. Excess gas is
difficult for the body to expel because the gas bubbles get
trapped in the stomach and intestines.
Several factors may cause excess gas to build up in the
- Certain foods
- Poor muscle
- Chewing gum
- Even wearing
What causes gas?
There are 3
main causes of gas:
air, called aerophagia. Although a normal amount of
swallowed air is natural, excessive amounts often result
- The movement
of gas between the intestine and the bloodstream.
production of gas due to digestive bacteria breaking down
carbohydrates (complex sugars) in the small intestine.
Beans, bran, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and
dairy products contain carbohydrates and may lead to the
production of gas.
How anti-gas medicines work
Anti-gas medicines work to group
individual gas bubbles into a larger bubble. This action
speeds the passage of gas through the system either through
belching, passing flatus (gas), or increasing the absorption
of gas into the bloodstream.