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How to Get Relief from Gas and Bloating

In order to get relief from gas and bloating symptoms, it is important to understand the cause. Intestinal gas occurs as a natural byproduct from food digestion. Bloating can occur when gas builds up and causes your stomach to feel like it has been be enlarged. In most cases, the stomach is not actually enlarged, but simply feels very full. Distention of the abdomen differs from bloating in that there is an actual physical change to the size of the abdomen and it is larger than normal. This distention can be physically seen through the clothing or by looking down at the stomach. There are two types of distention either continuous or intermittent. Enlarged organs, tumors or a collection of fluid around the organs may cause continuous distension. Gas or fluid building normally causes intermittent distention in the stomach, small intestine or colon. A healthcare professional should be sought out for cases of continuous distention while intermittent distention/bloating can normally be handled through dietary changes.

Symptoms and Causes Bacteria can cause gas. These gases are natural byproducts of normal digestion but sometimes are produced too much, which can be caused by a few different things. First, the amount and type of bacteria in the stomach differs between everyone - some people just simply make more gas than others do. Another potential cause is poor digestion and absorption of foods in the small intestine. This undigested food allows more bacteria to reach the colon and that can produce more gas. The third possibility is the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Normally bacteria growth is limited and contained within the colon. However, sometimes it can spread to the small intestines, especially when food has reached that area before proper digestion. The result is more gas.

Relieving gas and bloating can often be handled by making a few dietary changes. Drinking water and especially purified water can aid in this process. Polluted water may contain harmful chemicals or microbial toxins that can affect your digestive system and may be a leading factor in your gas and bloating. In order to positively affect your health and reduce your gas and bloating, you should increase your intake of water. Water is a natural way to help reduce toxins and flush out your intestines.

Other changes that you can make that may help reduce your gas and bloating includes avoiding the foods that affect you the most. These foods may include beans, peas, onions and carbonated drinks. You should also avoid fatty foods, eat slowly, and take short walks after eating. Massaging the abdomen can help to get the bowels moving. Try to rub from hip-to-hip bone in a clockwise circular motion. You do not have to live with gas and bloating if you watch what you eat, and include purified water as part of your diet. Making these simple changes should help relieve your symptoms quickly and effectively.