GAS AND GAS PAINS

small_digestiveCAUSES – When you drink or eat something, then take in air too fast, it can cause you to have gas pains.  If a person swallows too much air; i.e., rapid drinking, chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages can produce gases.  To expel this excess swallowed air, most people belch or burp.  The remaining gas moves into the small intestine.  You are likely to produce gas if you are lactose intolerant.

TREATMENT – The most common ways to reduce the discomfort of gas are changing your diet, taking the recommended medicines, and reducing the amount of air swallowed.

PREVENTION – If you do not over-eat foods that cause gas in your system, you eliminate having gas pains.  By not gulping your food and becoming more aware of the air that you swallow, you can avoid some gas.

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