What Are Your Intestinal Gases Saying About Your Health?

· April 16, 2017
Gas tends to be the subject of mockery, memes, or embarrassment. But it's actually a huge source of information you can use to evaluate your health.

Of all digestive issues, the most bothersome one might be gas.

It shows up at the most inopportune times. If you don’t let it out, it causes intense abdominal pain, along with noise that lets everyone know what’s going on inside of you.

Despite being very natural, social norms force you to keep it in when you’re in public, so an issue like gas can even cause problems in your social relationships.

However, as hard as you try to hide it, gas is actually a very helpful indicator of your health.

Gas is created at the end of the digestive processes, making it useful for warning you if there’s a problem in the process or not.

As you know, metabolizing food properly is fundamental for your physical and mental health.

It plays a role in your immune system and hormone secretion, which helps keep anxiety and sadness in line, for example.

Therefore, it’s time to start paying more attention to intestinal gases.

Forget the prejudices and stigmas. Remember, gas is as natural as any other natural phenomenon, just like sneezing or feeling itchiness.

You need to learn to accept the flux of your body.

What your intestinal gases say about your health

Irritable bowel

Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is normally detected when you go through times of constipation or diarrhea, a lot of flatulence is the first stage.

  • It’s normal to fart up to 14 times a day.
  • With IBS, it’s not only more frequent, but the odor is much stronger than normal odor, too.
  • If you’ve noticed a change like this, you may want to consider seeing a doctor.

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Bad eating habits

When you eat too fast, you get digestion issues. Your digestive system doesn’t get enough time to create the acids and juices necessary to process the food.

As a result, gas is produced as well as other problems in intestinal movement.

When you regularly eat too fast, you may see infections or develop allergies that could provoke excessive flatulence.

Gas is a symptom of ulcers and parasites

Gas may indicate the presence of unusual things in your organs, such as injuries or ulcers. They also tend to come along with burping.

Since the above situations aren’t due to habits, if you experience any of these issues, you’ll notice changes.

Therefore you should see a specialist as soon as you notice them. They’re easy problems to treat if caught in time.

Sensitivity to certain foods and drinks

You may assume we’re just referring to allergies. But certain foods and drinks may not always cause strong reactions in your body; they may just make you feel not so great.

Your body may be creating intestinal gases to tell you that it’s not metabolizing a certain substance properly, even if the issue doesn’t have to do with an autoimmune reaction.

Ideally, you should pay attention to when you are experiencing a lot of gas and when you aren’t. This will help you figure out what the problem foods are.

Check out this article: 7 Signals Your Body Sends that You Shouldn’t Ignore

Medication side effects

This is the easiest to notice and least worrying, unless we’re talking about side effects from medication for a chronic illness. Here, gas will appear when you start the medication.

When it’s temporary, there’s generally no problem. But it’s not the same if it’s a long-term medication. If that’s the case, we recommend letting your doctor know.

There is usually more than one medication to treat the same problem, so you may be able to switch treatments.

Gas is a nuisance, but it’s helpful for warning you of a small issue that could become a bigger one.

Whenever possible, let it out and take note. Does it smell bad now? Is it happening more frequently? Are there times when it makes you feel uncomfortable?

This information is important to make sure everything is OK, or to let you know that you should see a doctor.


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