What is Bloating?
Flatulence is a sensation when the intestines are full of gas.
We also call it flatulence or gas. Patients report the following common symptoms of bloating: abdominal discomfort, feeling full, abdominal squealing, and sometimes even pain.
Flatulence can affect anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle or health condition.
Everyone Has Gas in the Stomach
I would even say – bloating belly for people is common.
From time to time it happens to everyone, and it can be easily measured – in the morning we all wake up with a flat belly, but after lunch and even more so after dinner, and when it’s time to go to sleep, it is inflated like a ball.
The question arises – where does the ball disappear overnight? That’s right, we’re farting it out. Without jokes, scientists have calculated that even intelligent people fart several dozen times at night.
The odorous hydrogen sulfide with the chemical formula H2S, when you fart, is released from the intestines, is actually good and healing.
It irritates the nerves in the gastrointestinal mucosa and stimulates the release of many other healing substances. So farts aren’t just bad, no!
It’s just that sometimes the gas has multiplied more for various reasons, and then the discomfort begins… Think for yourself – go to a concert or lecture, and inside growls. We must resolve this urgently!
When the Case is Not So Simple
Be careful if you have any of the following symptoms along with bloating:
- stomach ache;
- weight loss;
- jaundice on the skin or eyes;
- blood in the stool;
- prolonged incomprehensible cough.
It may indicate inflammation of the stomach and intestines, ulcers, liver problems, and sometimes malignancies.
Why are You Gasing Too Much?
When bloating, people most often like to blame food and figure out all kinds of food intolerances. Yes, it can be, but not only.
The intestines in the abdomen are folded in zigzags, and it may happen that the air flows well through them somewhere, but somewhere in the intestinal it gets stuck.
The intestines are fooling around! It is not even an actual disease, just for someone the intestines are slower, lazy and do not move the accumulated gases, and their congestion develops.
The misfortune is that functional disorders of the intestinal tract are a chronic fault, and therefore long-lasting, and a person often feels completely afflicted with this disease.
- Functional indigestion, which causes increased flatulence, is not a risk factor for any disease and does not contribute to cancer. I will say that bowel cancer can affect both those with and without functional indigestion.
- Flatulence passes over the years, decreases. Of course, I cannot say whether it will happen tomorrow or tomorrow, but it will pass. There is no one whose fart era would last a lifetime.
- Scientists have shown in serious research that people with functional bowel problems, including bloating, live longer than those without.
- Slight bloating is not much to consider – if there are no other complaints and the stomach is really flatter in the morning than in the evening.
What to Check?
If you have checked your eating habits and still do not find out why your stomach always bloates like a balloon, you should consult a gastric enterologist.
For young people, I usually recommend blood tests – whole blood – and abdominal ultrasonography. If all is well and there are no other complaints – live happy and do not worry!
On the other hand, people over the years need to take a stricter approach to this matter – it would be good to check their intestinal health with a colonoscope, especially after the age of 60.
If nothing bad is discovered – great! Hearing this news alone makes a person feel better and their bowels gassed less. At other times, I also work out what herbs could be recommended to the patient so that the saga of the farting would end.
The culprit could be the food.
Yes, for many, the digestive system does not break down the sugar in the milk or lactose because it does not produce enough the enzyme lactase in the body.
In people who lack this enzyme when they drink milk, only a few of its molecules can be absorbed into the bloodstream, but the rest of the sugar or lactose remains in the intestines,
where bacteria gladly eat it, producing gases and hydrogen sulphide that are released from the body as a fart.
But in general, Americans recently found in a double-blind study that very many who believe they can’t tolerate milk have actually thought so. What to do for you?
If, when drinking milk, you feel that your stomach is really blowing – well, don’t drink! Control it yourself. The only thing I want to emphasize is that milk puff is nothing dangerous. Just annoying.
The story is about intolerance to gluten in flour products or celiac disease.
It is a genetic disease in which we damage one particular gene, and it most often manifests itself in childhood – the child lags in development, loses weight, and has all kinds of abdominal disorders.
Gluten intolerance is less common in the elderly. The best thing about this story is that by following a gluten-free diet, a person becomes completely healthy and lives just and others. This means a strict NO for bread and all other flour products – including beer.
Recently, scientists have studied that even if people with disabilities follow a gluten-free diet, they will have abdominal complaints in about a month or a half.
This does not mean that this person has gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Simple flour dishes contain other substances, such as fructan, which can cause similar symptoms and cause the intestines to swell.
Fruits and Vegetables
Sugars are also to blame here, which not everyone can break down.
For example, in apples, also in berries, it is fructose that swells the stomach; beans and peas, including cabbage and broccoli – raffinose. What can I say! Again – eat in moderation.
Carbonated and Sweetened Drinks, Beer
Everything we drink with gas, with bubbles, upsets the stomach. This creates farts.
Most importantly, two new drugs have been developed in recent years that can help with excessive farting.
We excrete the substance in the gut, linaclotide, which promotes intestinal motility and reduces constipation, flatulence and intestinal hypersensitivity.
Thanks to this substance, the intestine heals itself. But if this substance is released in the body, they have invented a drug containing linaclotide – Constella.
The only complication – as a result of the effect of the drug, the abdomen becomes too soft, even diarrhea. However, this side effect can be suppressed by reducing the dose of the medicine.
There is a new antibiotic rifaximin. They perfectly regulate the intestinal microflora, treat inflammation that occurs where gases accumulate. Another prescription medicine, Spasmomen, which contains the active substance otilonium bromide, works similarly.
Sometimes, when you use one of these products or a combination of medicines for one course, the gasification disappears as never before, other times you need two courses of medicine. More often, such drugs are prescribed for the elderly.
Daily, you don’t have to go to the opera with a bubbling stomach, you can use symptomatic means – activated carbon, which absorbs gases well, Smecta powders, which maintain the health of the intestinal mucosa, and the famous gas drapes Espumisan and Antiflat.
What is Excessive Bloating a Sign of?
Flatulence is one of the most common gastrointestinal symptoms that patients complain to their doctor. However, its extent is still unclear.
On the one hand, it hides bloating as a shameful problem, but on the other hand, some patients and doctors neglect this symptom.
Although doctors’ opinions on the causes of bloating are ambiguous, they cite the following ‘beneficial’ factors: inadequate nutrition, insufficient physical activity, gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders, adverse effects of various medications, or psychogenic disorders such as habit-induced constipation.
Intentional gas retention is also a common cause of flatulence. It does so … for cultural reasons.
What Relieves Bloating Fast?
To deal with bloating, you must first address its causes. First, we need to change our diet and lifestyle. Experts recommend consuming less gassing products, such as beans, cabbage or raw onions.
Simethicone also helps fight flatulence. Simethicone works by reducing or breaking the surface tension of gas bubbles. The gas released by the bubbles is easily absorbed or excreted from the body.