Intestinal gases


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There is always more or less air in the intestine.

The air is formed, among other things, by the digestive processes, especially by fermentation. The amount of air produced during digestion depends on the composition of the food and on the intestinal bacteria.

Part of the air is also swallowed while eating and drinking and then migrates with the food into the intestine. The more hasty you eat, the more air you swallow.

In a healthy intestine the amount of air is very low, so it does not disturb any further.

But when the air becomes more, flatulence occurs. The intestine is painfully distended.

If one is lucky, the intestinal gases are excreted in the form of winds. But this happiness is clouded by the unpleasant smells emanating from the winds.

However, it becomes even more unpleasant if the air remains in the intestine. This can lead to pain, which can sometimes become quite severe. Many an alleged appendicitis has turned out to be flatulence on closer examination.

Acute flatulence can increase the abdominal girth by several centimetres. Even slight flatulence contributes noticeably to the waist circumference.

Besides hasty food, some foods promote the development of flatulence. However, different people react differently to these foods.

Typical flatulent foods are cabbage, pulses, e.g. beans and peas, onions and garlic and black salsify.

In some people, whole grain also has an inflation-promoting effect.

Carbonated drinks can cause flatulence, especially if drunk quickly.

Gallstones can be another cause of regular flatulence. People who wear gallstones often suffer from frequent flatulence. If you have gallstones that cause discomfort, removal of the stones and gall bladder is usually the most successful method of treatment.

Often the intestinal gases form a fine-pored foam and are unable to escape. There are drugs that dissolve the foam so that the air can leave the body more easily. A popular active ingredient against flatulence is Simeticone. There are numerous preparations containing this active ingredient. Some of these products are even available in drugstores and supermarkets.

Magnesium tablets can also help against flatulence because they relax the intestines.

Traditionally, some medicinal plants are used against flatulence, such as fennel, caraway, anise, camomile and peppermint. These medicinal plants are drunk in the form of tea.

A hot-water bottle on the stomach also helps very well to alleviate flatulence.

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