Symptoms of intestinal or stomach gas are relatively frequent and include swollen belly sensation, slight abdominal discomfort and constant burping, for example.
Usually these symptoms appear after a very large meal or when you talked a lot while eating because you may have swollen too much air, improving easily after the elimination of these gases, either through intestinal release or in the form of belching.
However, there are also cases where these gases can not be easily eliminated, especially in people with constipation. In these situations, the symptoms can be more intense and even lead to the suspicion of serious problems, such as heart alterations or even a heart attack, since it is common for pain in the region of the chest to appear.
How to know if they are gases
Depending on where the gases are accumulate, the symptoms may be different:
1. Stomach gases
When they accumulate in the stomach, the gases can cause:
- Swollen stomach feeling;
- Frequent burping;
- Loss of appetite;
- Burning sensation in the throat;
- Pinch in the chest;
- Shortness of breath.
It is possible to decrease the gas in the stomach by avoiding chewing gum and eating slowly and avoid talking during your meals, so as not to let air get in the digestive tract during feeding.
2. Intestinal gases
The symptoms that can indicate the presence of gases in the intestine generally are:
- Severe abdominal pain, sometimes in the form of a stitch;
- Abdominal swelling;
- Hard belly;
- Intestinal colic.
These symptoms can vary in intensity according to the sensitivity of each person and with the amount of gases present in the digestive system.
What causes excess gas
The presence of gas in the stomach is usually due to the ingestion of air along with food, and this is most often happens when talking too much during a meal or when drinking carbonated drinks such as soda or sparkling water.
However the accumulation of gases in the intestine is usually related to frequent constipation or excessive consumption of foods that facilitate the formation of gases in the large intestine. Some of these foods include egg, cauliflower, garlic, onion and peas. Sweeteners like sorbitol, fructose and excess vitamin C may also cause gas in certain people.
Check out a more complete list of foods that cause gas.
How to end flatulence
Some forms of home treatments to eliminate gases are:
- Take a cup of fennel or mint tea after meals;
- Take a 20 to 30 minute walk after lunch or dinner;
- Have a balanced diet, eating fiber-rich foods daily and drinking plenty of water;
- Avoid soft drinks and other fizzy drinks;
- Avoid excess carbohydrate foods such as pasta, lasagne and fondue;
- Avoid excess milk and its by products and also meat dishes prepared with milk like stroganoff, for example.