Gas in the Digestive Tract

Everyone has gas and eliminates it by burping or passing it through the rectum. However, many people think they have too much gas when they really have normal amounts. Most people produce about 1 to 4 pints a day and pass gas about 14 times a day. The digestive tract. Gas is made primarily of odorless vapors—carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The unpleasant odor of flatulence, the gas that passes through the rectum, comes from bacteria in the large intestine that release small amounts of gases containing sulfur. Although having gas is common, it can be uncomfortable

Digestion, Bloating and Food Intolerances

The digestion process begins with the mechanical breakdown of food in your mouth and ends with the excretion of indigestible material as feces. A complex interplay of salivary and pancreatic enzymes, stomach acid, bile salts and gastrointestinal mixing reduces your food to usable nutrients that can be absorbed into your bloodstream. A number of conditions can interfere with this process and lead to abdominal discomfort, flatulence, poor absorption and intolerance of specific foods. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome affects 10 to 15 percent of the American population, according to the December 2005 “American Family Physician.” Symptoms of IBS include

Intestinal Gas (Belching, Bloating, Flatulence)

What causes belching? The ability to belch is almost universal. Belching, also known as burping (medically referred to as eructation), is the act of expelling gas from the stomach out through the mouth. The usual cause of belching is a distended (inflated) stomach caused by swallowed air. The distention of the stomach causes abdominal discomfort, and the belching expels the air and relieves the discomfort. The common reasons for swallowing large amounts of air (aerophagia) are gulping food or drink too rapidly, anxiety, and carbonated beverages. People are often unaware that they are swallowing air. “Burping” infants during bottle or

How to Banish Bloating

If you’ve ever felt the need to loosen your belt after a large meal, then you know what bloating is — that uncomfortable feeling of fullness or tightness in your upper or lower abdomen. What to do? In this Special Report, Johns Hopkins specialists provide no-nonsense advice to relieve this uncomfortable condition. No one cause is responsible for all cases of bloating. Often, the cause is something benign. Perhaps you overate or are constipated. Maybe you ate more fiber than your body is accustomed to or are taking a medication that causes bloating as a side effect. Bloating can also


What are the causes? 1 in 10 visits to a UK GP relate to a digestive complaint and the most common digestive symptoms are pain and bloating. Many patients simply go home with a diagnosis of IBS and are none the wiser as to why their symptoms continue to be expressed. So in this article we shed a little light on the factors that we consider to be relevant to this condition. Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight, it is usually caused by intestinal gas, this can go hand in hand with flatulence and burping.  This