What Happens To Your Body When You Retain Gas

· May 5, 2018
Retaining gas in your body can negatively affect your health. Find out what can happen if you don't expel it as normal.

Most of the time, expelling gases is quite embarrassing. Especially, when you are around other people. In such moments, you might try holding it in, instead of having to go through that embarrassment.

Urinating, defecating, vomiting, and pretty much everything related to the expulsion of waste is unpleasant to us, and does nothing to improve our image. However, it’s something completely natural.

Few people truly know how damaging it is for your body to retain gas. By doing this, the consequences for your health vary depending on how often you hold in gas. The more you do it, the more damaging it becomes. 

Why is it bad to retain gas?

Don't hold in your gas

Flatulence can be caused by the food you eat, the air you inhale, or even by the bacteria produced during digestion. It’s necessary to expel gas in order to prevent health issues. Below you can find the consequences of struggling with gas:

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Bad stench.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Peritonitis (in serious cases)
  • Abdominal inflammation.

Passing gas is natural, and everybody should do it around 14 to 18 times per day. Most likely you are going to be more gassy if you’ve eaten something high in fiber or gas, like soft drinks.

Health problems

Doctors say we can tell the state of someone’s body through their flatulence. They call tell the state of your digestive system just by the stench – –  the components that cause it – -, and the quantity expelled each day.

If you already are having issues, holding it in can make it even worse.

Retaining gas could prevent you from recognizing symptoms correctly. For example, colic or abdominal swelling could be caused by thousands of illnesses.  However,  if you have the bad habit of holding in your gas, you won’t be able to figure out what the cause really is.  You can have other gas related symptoms such as:

  • Temperature changes.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Blood in your feces.
  • Weight loss.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Fatigue.

It’s important to go immediately to the doctor in order to evaluate the symptoms and run necessary assessments to pinpoint any illness. Otherwise the most recommended thing to do – –  instead of holding it in – –  is to stop it from happening by following a few rules.

How to prevent gas

1. Pay attention to your diet


All food produces gas when digested in the body. However, some foods increase gas and makes the large intestines work even harder.

Rather than removing them from your diet, it’s better to consume them in small quantities if you suffer from
constant flatulence.

First of all, you should reduce your dairy consumption, such as milk, cheese, butter, and ice cream, among others. You should also avoid certain vegetables, fruits, and legumes:

  • Cabbage.
  • Cucumber.
  • Corn.
  • Broccoli.
  • Onion.
  • Radish.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Raisins.
  • Prunes.
  • Beans, peas, lentils.

Aside from your diet, there are other ways to help your digestion and prevent excessive flatulence.

2. Don’t eat too much

Overeating increases the production of gas. Especially fatty foods, junk food, foods with high wheat content, milk, beans, or lentils.

3. Avoid soft drinks

Soft drinks

Refreshments, soft drinks, or beers, contain a lot of gas. This gas goes straight to your stomach and causes swelling, which then causes gas. Drink them moderately and don’t use a straw because it takes in more gas.

4. Chew thoroughly

It’s best not to talk while eating. Talking a lot or drinking while eating cause you to gulp in more air.  Therefore, you will feel uncomfortable and stop feeling full.

5. Don’t drink cold drinks at night

Cold drinks

This will “cool” your stomach. It’s better to spend the evening drinking warm or room temperature drinks.

It’s always important to listen to your body. Let’s all be adults here because we’re all humans and it’s natural to pass gas.  Remember, it’s good to be decent and considerate, but  don’t allow it to interfere with your body’s natural processes.