Stomach gas is created when food is not completely absorbed into the body and reaches the intestinal tract. The bacteria in the large intestine then decomposes the food waste, producing gas in the process. This is a very normal physiological process, but frequent symptoms of bloating, burping, unusual flatulence, abdominal distension and uncomfortable stomach gas can be a sign that you should seek a health professional.
Diet is one major factor. Foods that cause excessive flatulence include:
- dairy products
- carbonated drinks
Lifestyle modifications and herbal therapy may also reduce uncomfortable stomach gas and excessive flatulence
- Chew slowly and thoroughly when eating
- Drink water frequently and eat vegetables and fruits rich in fibre
- For a stronger digestive system, drink Barley tea and eat San-yak porridge if you regularly experience digestive problems.
- Ginger may help those with weak stomachs experiencing excessive intestinal gas. Ginger tea may help with muscle contractions in the digestive system to aid food absorption.
- Jujube (also known as red dates or Chinese dates) contain an abundant amount of protein, fat, calcium, and tannin, and it may help stabling the nervous system. This makes it a fantastic herbal medicine and food, especially for children who are getting thinner from a lack of appetite.
What are the causes for uncomfortable stomach gas?
Generally, those with unhealthy digestive system are more prone to experience smelly flatulence than those with healthy digestive system. The unpleasant smell can be caused by constipation, overeating causing blockage and producing excess gas in the stomach. Lack of exercise, stress and irregular lifestyle may also be triggers to smelly flatulence.
In Chinese medicine, gastroparesis is the main cause, whereby the outer walls of the stomach harden and paralyses the motility in the stomach, preventing the emptying of food. This type of digestive system disorder may disrupt normal digestive process and cause symptoms of abnormal rumblings in the lower abdomen, acid reflux, burping, bloating and intestinal gas.
Here is the Checklist for symptoms of gastroparesis
- an upset stomach
- abdominal discomfort
- acid reflux
- intestinal gas
- incomplete bowel movement
- frequent headaches
- dark circles under the eyes
- pain around the eyes
- being more forgetful
- paler, darker and freckled complexion
- neck pain
- stiff shoulders
- chronic fatigue
- bad mouth breath
- for women, coldness and flare-ups
If you experience some of the symptoms above, you should seek medical attention.
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