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Excessive Stomach Gas Production

Q: Two Questions on the same topic

I have stomach cramps after eating and usually throughout the day. I also suffer from having to pass a lot of gas. Any ideas what ailment I might have or an herbal remedy that might provide me some relief?

I have been experiencing flatulance for so long now I honestly can't remember when it all began. It causes me daily discomfort and frequent nausea. I know that my gas is a problem. I do not consume a lot of dairy, actually quite little. Other than cutting out the dairy is there anything else I could be trying of taking. It is to the point now where it effects my daily functioning. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A: First of all, excessive gas that is accompanied by stomach or intestinal pain or nausea should be checked by your health care provider. Conditions like stomach inflammation, ulcers, gallbladder, pancreas or intestinal disease can all be associated with excessive gas production.

This is a common digestive complaint. Sometimes there is just a feeling of fullness and sometimes excessive gas production. There are a number of things you can try that will help.

First, I would suggest trying some digestive bitters . These are herbs with a bitter taste that help to stimulate the digestive system. Follow the directions on the package. They do taste bitter and it is important to taste them, since that stimulates the flow of saliva and the digestive tract.

If you have a lot of problem with gas, then you may also want to use some carminative (gas-reducing) herbs. Peppermint, ginger, chamomile, and lemon balm are just a few of these herbs.

Eating regular meals, eating slowly and chewing thoroughly, limiting liquids at mealtime, and decreasing stress will all help your digestive system to work best.

Other things that may cause bloating and gas include beans, dairy products in people with lactose intolerance and sorbitol, an artificial sweetener. For lactose intolerance a product called lactaid will help digest the lactose that causes the stomach distress.

This is likely to occur with rapid eating, gulping of liquids or the consumption of carbonated beverages. Eating slowly, drinking liquids slowly from a glass and avoiding carbonated drinks may be helpful. Ginger or chamomile may help to relieve gas pressure. Chewable papaya tablets or an herbal extract with peppermint and potassium carbonate may also be helpful.

Excessive intestinal gas production is often related to gas producing foods like beans, milk and dairy products, onions, and the cabbage family vegetables. Other foods that may cause gas in some people include celery, corn, apples, dried fruits and prune, apple and grape juices. Elimination of these foods often helps considerably. Since intestinal gas production is due to the inadequate digestion of food, allowing its breakdown by intestinal bacteria, the use of digestive enzymes is helpful for some people. Ginger or chamomile capsules may provide some relief. Alleviating constipation and avoiding postponing bowel movements is also a good idea.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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