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Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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Glutens Could Be Contributing to Celiac Disease Rise

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A new study that involved 141 adult subjects is contributing to the ongoing debate on whether a diet filled with glutens can lead to symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Published in the ACS Journal of Proteome Research, the study revealed that many of the people in the study did not in fact have Celiac Disease, but instead were showing the same distinctive metabolic makeup that people who suffer from Celiac Disease.

People who suffer from Celiac Disease are characterized as being unable to properly digesr a protein named gliadin, a part of gluten that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. This autoimmune digestive condition can cause, diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain. Oftentimes, Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed and steps to curtail its effects are never instituted.

A definitive diagnosis consists of a biopsy taken from the small intestine. There are currently over 3 million diagnosed cases in the Unites States. There is such a thing as a pisitive blood test, but a negative biopsy, meaning they are “potential” Celiac Disease patients, and are typically instructed to adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Treatment usually begins with a total abstinence from foods containing glutens. The debate here is whether a gluten filled diet could accelerate the effects of Celiac Disease, all the way on up to full blown diagnosis.

It seems to be a novel idea to curtail gluten intake if the symptoms seem to be persistent. One take away from this study is that the sample size was relatively small at 141 subjects. Yes, it’s small, but contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for Celiac Disease, are experiencing symptoms, and if a gluten free diet might be right for you.

Happy Holidays and be in good health Brooklyn!

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