What Causes Bloating and Excessive Gas?

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Filed Under: Gas and Bloating, Digestive Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

What Causes Bloating and Excessive Gas?

Determine the reason for your stomach bloat and gas problems

To avoid the uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms of excessive gas and stomach bloat, it is important to discover what is causing the production of the extra gas in the first place. Here are four common factors that can contribute to stomach bloat and excessive gas problems.

Incomplete Protein Digestion

Excessive intestinal gas is most often due to inadequate protein digestion. Protein requires a lot of stomach acid to be broken down properly. If your intestinal tract is too alkaline, protein won’t be broken down completely. It will then ferment and putrefy, causing stomach bloat and excessive gas after eating, fullness, heartburn, and sometimes vomiting. Luckily there are some easy, all-natural ways to assist with protein digestion.

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Inability to Break Down Sugars

Another main reason particular foods cause intestinal gas is your body’s inability to digest certain complex sugar compounds (humans don’t produce the alpha glactosidase enzymes necessary to digest the complex sugars called oligosaccharides). When these undigested compounds reach the intestines, they begin to ferment and release gas. There is, however, a product I suggest that can eliminate this problem.

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Bacterial Imbalance

Every day, there is a constant battle going on in your bowels as beneficial bacteria try to create a healthy environment and nonbeneficial bacteria try to establish dominance. Your gastrointestinal tract is vulnerable to a massive number of bacteria that can enter your body through food and water. And if these bacteria are left to multiply unchecked, they can create a bacterial imbalance that can lead to belching, stomach bloat, and excessive gas. That's why I believe it is imperative to include certain foods in your diet that can help encourage the growth of "good" probiotic bacteria in the bowels and to help reduce gas and bloating problems.

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Bad Gallbladder

Your gallbladder is like a small sack that stores and regulates bile. Bile is a fluid made in the liver that is essential to the digestion of fat. As fat from your food passes into the small intestine, the gallbladder dumps in the proper amount of bile to aid in fat digestion. But if the gallbladder becomes clogged with stones or the bile becomes thick and sluggish, you may experience extremely uncomfortable bloating from 5 to 20 minutes after eating, along with other symptoms of a bad gallbladder.

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