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How To Prevent Gas Build Up in Stomach: Stop Symptoms Permanently

Updated on July 31, 2012

In today’s fast paced lifestyle many people have gotten into the habit of eating their food to quickly. This results in food being swallowed that has barely been chewed. Thoroughly chewing your food not only allows you to more fully experience the taste, but it breaks the food down adequately for proper digestion and absorption. Each mouthful of food should be chewed 20 to 30 times. This allows the brain time to trigger the release of the appropriate gastric juices, hormones and digestive enzymes needed for the specific food being chewed.

Properly chewing food also allows saliva to properly mix with food which prepares for transportation to the stomach for digestion. If food is dry when it is being transported to the stomach it tends to get stuck in the passage way. Meanwhile the highly acidic digestive juices have nothing to work on but the stomach. When the food finally does make it to the stomach it tends to sit causing fermentation and gas. Chewing food well speeds the absorption and increases the amount of nutrition that is delivered to the cells.

Digestive problems leading to stomach gas are often the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Many digestive problems can be resolved through change in diet. Avoid foods that make your system acidic such as pop, coffee and chocolate. Eliminating fried foods will greatly decrease the workload for your stomach. Avoid drinking water during meals because it dilutes stomach acids. Other causes for digestive problems leading to stomach gas are lack of exercise, overeating, a low fiber diet and dehydration due to inadequate water intake.

An unhealthy diet will lead to premature aging of the digestive system, which causes a decrease in the output of enzymes necessary to break down food. The result is partially broken down food being transported through a sluggish digestive tract. As the stomach ages, hydrochloric acid begins to decline, increasing the chance of bacteria overgrowth.

To defend the stomach from premature aging limit intake of NSAID medications, alcohol and caffeine. DGL licorice is an supplement effective in increasing the number of protective cells throughout the digestive tract. Pancreatic enzymes, which are involved in the digestion of fats, starches and proteins, also decrease with age. The result is often gas and bloating. An effective solution is to supplement with pancreatic enzymes. The supplement should include all three types of pancreatic enzymes which are protease, lipase and amylase. Other enzymes that may be helpful are papain and bromelain.

Healthy intestines contain friendly bacteria which are essential for the health of the digestive system. They inhibit the growth of bacteria and reduces substances that can lead to constipation and diarrhea. Unfortunately, many people are deficient in these friendly bacteria due to poor diet and overuse of antibiotics. Foods that are rich in probiotics, such as yogurt should be eaten regularly. Often people will take probiotic supplements as a quick and effective means to restore healthy bacteria. Look for supplements that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus and/or Bifidobacterium bifidum.

A healthy diet that includes fiber rich foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and flax seed will help digestion to operate at optimum levels. Herbs that are effective at aiding digestion and eliminating gas are fennel seed tea, camomile tea, pepperment tea(avoid this one if you have acid reflux disease) and ginger. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day to ensure all aspects of digestion are working properly and to allow fiber intake to be effective at promoting regularity and effective elimination. Finally, get regular exercise to promote health throughout the body.


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      Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Helpful advice, thank you! I know someone to whom I'm going to refer this article... A-hem, in a nice way, of course.

      I think I might try some of the probiotics myself--I know too many people, learned and learning, who swear by them for all types of digestive health. (And I'm not getting any younger, so increasing exercise and improving digestion and metabolism is on my radar now.)

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      np 5 years ago

      i have problems with bowel movement, sometimes i have too much gas that smells disgusting and iy makes my breath stink so much. I'm suffering from bad breath for 5 years now and i would like to know if my body having too much gas is the cause of it. I brush and floss my teeth regularly so there has to be an underlying problem there.

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      matty 6 years ago

      thanks for this information very helpful

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      raviraj 6 years ago

      this is very beautiful tips this helping avoid the gas trouble

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      myrnameraz 6 years ago

      Thank you for all the great information! I will change my diet from now on.

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      mary 7 years ago

      how do i get rid of the stomach flu

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Stevemark122000, Nice hub! This was very informative! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      Luciendasky 8 years ago from Florence, OR

      very interesting! You seem to know a lot about how bodies work! Very informative.

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      pinkhawk 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      this is a great help Sir, now i know the reason why i experienced an angry tummy, most of the time i'm in a hurry and just take my food as fast as i can,in addition---i'm not eating on time..thank you very much for this informative hub! i'll try to avoid my bad eating habit as much as i can and shift to a healthy diet :) :)...thanks once again! :)

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      kevin hayden 8 years ago

      Great sensible information. If only I could stick to it.

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Thanks for such a wonderful and informative. I can relate to it coz I suffer from it sometimes. Keep up the good work.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Very helpful information, thanks a lot :)

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      mzronny 8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      This is a great hub! I have a lot of digestive problems and I started doing something about it recently. I eat whole grain wheat bread and Activia yogurt. I drink only 100% fruit juices .... fresh fruit is hard to get in my neighborhood. Its more like about to rot fruit LOL. And I don't get out much but I pace around the house and walk up an down the stairs as much as I can. Ginger ale helps too! I love Vernons!

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Steve, as usual, great info. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sciantel 8 years ago

      I used to drink pop every day but I stopped doing that and switched to the v8 fusion and juices like oj and grape. It greatly helped my energy! I am feeling much healthier too. I enjoy a soda over the weekends to treat myself. I also try to not take Ibuprophen too much and turned to tylenol. Did you know that zantac is also a anti-histamine? It helps my sinuses. A doctor said its as good as any allergy medication, and it doesn't make me drowsy. I take 75 mg 3 times a day.

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      Bill Beavers 8 years ago

      A subject known to way to many of us. All good suggestions. I totally agree with everything you said have done just a bit of research over the years. Great Hub.

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      Stomach gas leads to loads of fun, i don't think i'll try to prevent it. LOL