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Formation of gas in stomach: Its causes and cure


Posted Date: 05-Nov-2011  Last Updated:   Category: Health    
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Being presented below are the remedial cures for the formation of gas in the stomach which torments everybody at some time or the other. Stomach becomes the first casualty from the irregularity and intemperance in diet exerting ill influences on the stomach and the digestive system. Intestinal disorders set in after that. Chief amongst the different types of stomach diseases is the excessive formation of gas (flatulence) in stomach which is known as ‘Aadhman’



This problem of gas formation in stomach is the result of our wrong dietary style. The digestive system of the body which should weaken up when we grow old becomes worn out in our young ages giving rise to numerous stomach diseases among the youth. The digestive system bears the burnt of excesses intakes of spicy, heavy and oily foods, day in and day out with meals eaten up often on erratic timings and at odd hours. To make the matter worse than confounded, we continually keep on gobbling up tea-coffee, cold drinks and tobacco, pan masala, cigarette smoking, wine and beer aggravating the condition to take serious turns.

To add to the injustices we do with our stomach is the faulty combination of foods we eat with impunity oblivious of the havocs it is playing inside our stomach. There are certain foods which do not gel past well with other foods producing disorders in the stomach. Result is, on average, every other person is found with the complications of hyperacidity, indigestion, gas formation, constipation, etc.

Consequences of gas formation


Amongst the disorders of the stomach, gas formation ranks supreme. There would perhaps be not even a single man who has not been a victim of excess of gas formation in his stomach for a little period or longer at some time or the other. As for that matter, gas formation in the required quantities in the stomach and its discharge is but natural and essential too for the state of our health, but when gas formation takes place in excess than is warranted in our intestine or stomach, and doesn’t exit out of body in form of belches or wind, this becomes quite troublesome for the person concerned. The reasons of the causes of the excess gas formation and the remedies are being suggested below for your information and needful.

What is Gas after all


Let’s us first of all discuss what gas actually is. Gas is the normal by-product of the foods eaten by us. As soon as the digestive system breaks up the foods (to digest) that we eat, gas produces out of this action. This gas is chiefly the mix of
  1. Carbon- Di-Oxide, o
  2. Oxygen,
  3. Nitrogen,
  4. Methane.

Normally, 1-4 pints of gas (1 pint= 20 oz) in the body form daily which takes 14 times over to exit out of the system of our body. There is 200 ml of gas present in the intestinal tracts of a fasting man. The eviction process of the gas from our body takes place through the passages of anus or through belching.

Causes of gas formation


Its causes lie hidden in two sources.
  1. The first is swallowing too much of air through our mouth (Aerophagia).
  2. The second is due to the decomposition of the undigested food particles by the bacteria living in the bigger intestines.


  1. Aerophagia (gulping of air from mouth):
    The reason behind this is the wrong dietary habits or the habit of swallowing up the air unconsciously. The reasons that send the air rushing into the stomach are:-
    • Eating in a fast pace,
    • Drinking water or other liquid drinks with fast speed,
    • Chewing or sucking something after putting it into mouth such as chewing gums, gutkha, pan masala, khaini, tobacco products, and candy etc,
    • Drinking liquids containing soda.:
      Some of the gas thus formed comes out through the belching, while some reaches up to the small intestine. After getting absorbed in intestines, it exits out through lungs yet some reach in the big intestine to exit from the anus through the alimentary canal.


  2. Breakdown of undigested food:
    Our digestive system doesn’t have enzymes for digesting some complex carbohydrates such as fibres, sugar, starch etc. This undigested food when reaches to the big intestine, the harmless bacteria present there decompose it producing hydrogen, carbon Di oxide and methane which get flushed out through the anus passage.


Carbohydrate containing all foods could produce gas, while the fats and proteins containing foods create less of gases. Fats and proteins produce gas only when there are disorders in our digestive system and digestion doesn’t function properly.

Some gas producing food items


  • Beans: Beans (sem) contain sucrose in ample measure which is called raffinose. This sucrose in somewhat quantum is also in cauliflower, cabbages other vegetables and grains.

  • Starches: Potato, maize, noodles, wheat etc contain starches the decomposition of which in the stomach forms gases. Only rice contains such starch which doesn’t form gas.

  • Onion: Fructose name saccharine are found in pear, wheat, cold drinks, fruit juices etc which form gases.

  • Sorbitol: This sugar is found in apples, pears, peaches, plumes etc. These are used in sugar free edible food stuffs. These also produce gas.

  • Fibres: Many food items contain soluble and insoluble fibres which dissolve in water to form gel. This doesn’t digest until it goes to the big intestine where it digests after being decomposed by the bacteria present in the big intestine and produce gas.

  • Soluble fibres: Oat mash, beans, peas and most of the fruits contain soluble fibres.

  • Insoluble fibres: The second type of fibre which is insoluble flush out of the digestive tracts unchanged through the stool producing gas in a little measure. This type of fibre is found in wheat gruel and some vegetables.

  • Other gas producing food items: Apart from above food items, cucumber, radish, brinjal, turnips, rajma, black gram, lentils (toovar) are all such iems which produce gases.


Absence of lactase enzyme- reason of gas formation


There is the absence or lack of presence of the lactase enzymes in the body of some persons. Such persons cannot digest lactose named sucrose. Lactose intolerance are naturally present in milk and milk products like ice cream and some processed foods such as bread etc. These items cause nausea along with gas formation as well. The enzyme level diminishes with the increase in ages. Therefore, in older persons, milk and its products cause gas formation.

Malabsorption of foods- causes gas formation


The malabsorptions of some food articles form the basis for some diseases. The overreaction of bacteria over them takes place thus producing gas. There grows a shortfall in the digestive enzymes due to deformation of Pancreas, gall bladder or small intestines thus forming a fertile ground for mal-absorptions. When there occurs some paucity of the food particles in the intestines due to some reasons, the fermentation speed of by the bacteria increases. Hence, when there is constipation or the weakness in intestine, gas formation takes place in excess. Among the reasons that forms the ground to diminish the speed of intestines is the absence of fibres in foods, ulcer in intestines, obstructions in intestines and the ill effects of medicines.

Hereditycal reasons form gas also


Heredity plays an important role in formation of gas. The ample number and types of bacteria moves from generations to generations down the lines among the offspring in a family. Under such scenario, gas begins forming at the nascent stages itself which keeps on forming till the end of life.

Symptoms


The symptoms of excessive formation of gas or ‘Aadhman or are less of emission of gasesswelling up of stomach, pain in stomach, excess of belching, etc.

Everyday, Gas comes out of the body of every person in form of belches or half-wind. The gas remains present in the gastro intestinal tracts in a certain volume at a given time round, particularly in stomach and the big intestine. Everyday, a normal person emits gas from 10-125 times over. Above this stage would be termed as the condition of ‘Aadhman’

At the time of eating meals or afterwards is a quite normal. But excess of it means coming off air swallowed in excess earlier on. Some people deliberately swallow up air so that belching come in to relieve off the pain of stomach they are suffering from forming gradually the habit of swallowing up the air often. Too much of coming in of belching is indicative of some underlying disease growing internally unknown to the person suffering it. It could be peptic ulcer or gastro paresis.

Fatty foods empty up slowly from the stomach which causes swelling and pain in stomach. But it is not necessary the excessive of gas forms. Some diseases also swell up stomach such as irritable bowel syndrome, cancer of the bigger intestine, colon cancer etc.

Some people have pain in their stomach on the left side creating the doubts of a heart disease and when the pain lies in the right side, the doubt of gall bladder or appendix crops in.

Medicines


When despite removing all the reasons which cause gas formation, it still persist, following Ayurvedic medicines would be highly effective for you in such condition:-

  1. Gasol tablet and arogyavardhini special no-1- 2 tablets twice a day after meals with water.

  2. Herboliv syrup 4 teaspoonful with water twice a day exactly after the meals

Conclusion:
The points to be paid attention to here is that if besides the excess of formation of gas, the excruciating squeezing pain occurs, changes during stool discharges are felt, swelling in stomach persists, diarrhoeal condition recurs, fever , vomiting, constipation and stool with blood comes in, one should immediately consult his Doctor for diagnosis and treatment.


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Responses to "Formation of gas in stomach: Its causes and cure"
Author: ISC WARRIOR    14 Nov 2011Member Level: Gold   Points : 2
Through your article I came to know more about gas problems.
Your 80% articles tells about causes and only 5% covers the treatment part. It is not justifying your article's title.
Your heading should be "auyrvedic treatment", not "treatment". Title is confusing.
How one can give a conclusion on his/her own articles. Conclusion are usually given in research papers. Heading should be "overview", not conclusion.



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