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Intestinal Gas and Gas Pain and Its Causes

Gas (intestinal gas also known as flatus) and pain is a common health problem and can affect anybody any time, including at worst possible moment (such as when you are at an important meeting or during celebration). Passing intestinal gas gives relief, however it can be embarrassing too, especially if you do it in presence of someone or in a public place.

Anything that causes intestinal gas can cause gas pain too. Constipation (constipation is pretty common and gas and gas pain also common problem) and diarrhea can also lead to gas pain. Gas pain occurs when gas builds up inside intestine and you are unable to expel gas. It is possible to stop gas pain and at the same time it is also possible (hopefully a great news for many sufferers) to reduce production of intestinal gas and provide relief to your from embarrassment.

What are the causes of gas pain?

Intestinal gas is formed when intestinal bacteria (normal flora) in colon ferments carbohydrates which are not digested, e.g. dietary fiber. Here it is to note that healthy foods with high fiber content are the worst offenders (gas producers), because they contain high quantity of indigestible carbohydrates in the form of fiber, although fiber has numerous health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar, preventing cancer, keep gastrointestinal tract healthy and working condition etc. just to name a few. High fiber foods that can produce large amount of intestinal gas include,

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Pulses
  • Whole grains etc.

Fiber supplements used for management of constipation can also be responsible for production of intestinal gas and gas pain. There are many other causes of gas, such as

  • Swallowed air: this is a common cause of intestinal gas and gas pain. Every time we drink or eat anything, we swallow some air along with it. If you drink or eat too fast you tend to swallow more air, which may end up to reach lower intestine and cause gas pain.
  • Constipation and diarrhea: constipation may make it difficult to pass intestinal gas, which accumulate and cause gas pain.
  • Food intolerance: your gas pain may start after eating some food which you may not tolerate well. Because you may not be able to break down the food well and digest it well. Dairy products are more prone to produce intestinal gas.
  • Food additives: artificial food additives may lead to increased intestinal gas and gas pain.
  • Other medical conditions: various chronic medical conditions may cause intestinal gas and gas pain, especially gastrointestinal disease such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease etc.

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