What causes gastrointestinal bloating? Well, it comes from from two sources:
First is what we often do the most, “air swallowing”. It is usually caused by eating and drinking too fast, chewing gum, smoking, and wearing loose dentures. Burping is the way most swallowed air leaves the stomach.
Secondly, it is where our food isn’t digested well in our intestines. Breakdown of certain undigested foods by harmless bacteria that occur naturally in the large intestine (colon). Some carbohydrates (sugars, starches, fiber) are not digested or absorbed due to lack or lack of certain enzymes in the small intestine. Undigested or unabsorbed food enters the large intestine, where harmless, normal bacteria break down the food.
Frequent bloating and intestinal gas can sometimes indicate a food intolerance. This is where the body is unable to digest certain foods properly, common food intolerances include:
Lactose intolerance: Inability to digest the sugar “lactose,” found in milk and dairy products.
Fructose intolerance: Inability to digest the fruit sugar “fructose.”
Gluten intolerance: Inability to digest gluten proteins that exist in cereal grains.
You may try the following natural remedies for gas:
• Peppermint tea
• Chamomile tea
Over- the-counter products can help remedy the situation. However, you should seek medical attention when there is an increase in frequency, location or severity of the symptoms, or if they are accompanied by weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting or heartburn.
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