Excessive Gas and Stomach Bloat Symptoms Identified

Filed Under: Digestive Health, Gas and Bloating
Last Reviewed 09/23/2015

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Find out if you have an excessive gas problem

Gas enters our digestive system in several ways. Air, for instance, can be swallowed while eating. Other gases are naturally produced by gut bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract

When such gases become excessive, you are likely to feel symptoms such as: 

  • Feeling overly full and bloated on a regular basis
  • Continual gas pains
  • Frequent, extended bouts of burping, belching, and flatulence

Probably 75 percent of all the patients I've worked with have had problems with excessive gas and stomach bloat. To get rid of gas and relieve these symptoms, it is important to determine the specific cause of the excessive gas and address that issue. The answer is not to reach for an antacid or some other prescription or over-the-counter solution.

We've been brainwashed the last several decades into thinking that the digestive acids produced by the stomach are the root of all digestive problems. Consequently, so-called "acid blockers" are commonly prescribed as the quick fix for all forms of indigestion, making them one of the best-selling OTC categories in history.

But acid-blocking drugs, some of which claim to stop the secretion of stomach acid for up to 12 hours, are most likely contributing to the excessive gas and stomach bloat millions of people deal with on an ongoing basis.

That's because gas is one of the first signs of an intestinal tract that lacks acid, as gas-forming microorganisms flourish only in an alkaline environment. Without enough stomach acid, proteins and certain minerals like calcium can't be broken down properly. And if protein isn't broken down properly, it ferments and putrifies, causing stomach bloat and excessive gas after eating, fullness, heartburn, and sometimes vomiting.

The good news is that you can get rid of gas symptoms by using natural remedies to relieve excessive gas and stomach bloat.

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