28 Ways to Beat Bloating & Banish Your Belly

26. Excessive stomach gas from bacteria

26 Awesome Ways to Beat Bloating

Common causes of bloating include Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation. However, there are a few other causes of bloating. For chronic bloating you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

There are several reasons that the bacteria in the gut may produce excessive amounts of gas causing bloating:

1. The amount of gas bacteria produce varies from individual to individual.

Some people may have more bacteria or bacteria that produce more gas.

2. Poor digestion/ absorption of food in the small intestine.

This means more undigested food reaches the bacteria that live the colon. And the more undigested food the bacteria have to feast on, the more gas they produce. Poor digestion/ absorption of food in the small intestine may be caused by:

  • Lactose intolerant (lactose is found in dair products)
  • Sorbitol intolerant (sorbitol is commonly used sweetener in low calorie foods)
  • Fructose intolerant (fructose is commonly used sweetener, candies and drink)
  • Pancreatic insufficiency (lack of enzymes that break down food)
  • HCL deficiency (insufficient stomach acid)
  • Celiac disease

3. Bacterial overgrowth can occur in the small intestine

Bacteria usually are confined to the colon (large bowel). However, sometimes bacteria spread into the small intestine (bowel). In the small bowel the food is still being digested, which means that the bacteria have a lot more undigested food on which to feast than they would in the colon, and that produces a lot of gas. This is known as Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO).
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