Intestinal gas natural treatment
Feb 21 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Problems with intestinal gas and its transit through the gut are common, although the mechanisms causing the most common problems of belching (eructation), bloating, and passing flatus from the anus are reasonably complex. Intestinal gases are the expression of metabolic activity of gut microbiota in the gut, particularly carbohydrates in the case of H2, CH4.

What types of foods lead to increased intestinal gas and flatulence?
The major culprits are beans, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions, apples, and garlic. Many people have excess intestinal gas because their digestive tracts arenít able to digest a high-fiber diet.

Natural remedy and supplements
Digestive enzymes could be of benefit.
Probiotic bacteria have been studied.
   This randomized double blind placebo controlled dual site clinical trial compared a probiotic dietary supplement to placebo regarding effects on gastrointestinal symptoms in adults with post-prandial intestinal gas-related symptoms (abdominal pain, distention, flatulence) but no gastrointestinal (GI) diagnoses to explain the symptoms. Sixty-one adults were enrolled and randomized to either Digestive Advantage Gas Defense Formula - (GanedenBC30 Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086). Study subjects were evaluated every two weeks over a four-week period. In conclusion, the Bacillus coagulans-based product was effective in improving the quality of life and reducing gastrointestinal symptoms in adults with post prandial intestinal gas-related symptoms and no GI diagnoses. BMC Gastroenterol. 2009 Nov 18;9:85. A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group dual site trial to evaluate the effects of a Bacillus coagulans-based product on functional intestinal gas symptoms. Kalman DS, Schwartz HI, Alvarez P, Feldman S, Pezzullo JC, Krieger DR. Miami Research Associates, South Miami, Florida, USA.

Certain spices such as cumin, coriander, caraway and turmeric may be of benefit.

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What causes intestinal gas?
When carbohydrates are not completely digested by the enzymes in the small intestine, the undigested sugars, starches and fibers reach the large intestine. There, the friendly bacteria or yeast break down and ferment them. This leads to intestinal gas.

Foods that are typically high in certain polysaccharides that can cause this problems include beans, lentils, dairy products, onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cashews, oats, wheat, and yeast in breads. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables are common causes.

Lactose intolerance can cause excessive gas production when milk or lactose-containing substances have been consumed.I

Certain infections, such as giardiasis, are also associated with this condition.

I wanted to let you know that I ate a dozen of dates in the evening before bed. The next day, the whole morning, I had intestinal gas with constant farting.