Intestinal gas is well, embarrassing to say the least; but it is also a normal function of our body. Most of the time gas occurs when we have eaten something 'gassy'. Therefore our digestive process is reacting. Passing gas fourteen to twenty times a day can be considered normal for most of us. While this unwanted body function is normal, it can also be the source of some pain and bloating.
If you feel that your gas passing performance has moved from amateur to master, that is, if you have way more gas or bloating than is normal for you, it is probably time to see your physician.
There are several possible causes for intestinal gas. The most common are here listed:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, or indigestion
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease
- Obstruction in the bowel
- A tumor in the abdomen
- Lactose intolerance
- Food allergies
- Gallstones, inflamed gallbladder
- Kidney stones
Here are a few natural ways to treat gas. We encourage you to try some until you find the remedy that works best for you.
- Brew yourself some peppermint tea and drink it.
- Ginger - Pour almost boiling water over 3 or 4 thin sliced, fresh ginger into a large mug. Cover the mug and allow to steep 10 minutes. If you would like, add some honey and lemon. Drink up.
- Eat a pinch of caraway seeds or a few caraway crackers.
- Activated charcoal is available in capsule, tablet, or powdered form. After checking with your doctor, and reading the dosage on the bottle, give a dose a try.
There are other remedies out there, but these are often overlooked and are very effective.
Gas and/or bloating will probably not be the only symptoms you might experience if your problem is listed above. You will most likely be experiencing other symptoms as well. Normal gas pains do not cause extreme pain or sensitivity to the touch. If you are experiencing these, you should see your doctor ASAP.
Blood tests, X-rays, computed imagining (CT), or ultra sound testing may be ordered to determine your specific diagnosis. If what you have is everyday intestinal gas, there are over-the-counter medications available. Your neighborhood pharmacist can be a great source of information.