According to the American Dietetic Association – on average, a person produces 0.5 to 2.5 liters of gas per day. Gas in the intestinal tract comes from either one of two sources; swallowed air or is the byproduct from bacteria in the intestines. If gas is trapped within the intestines or food is not digested properly, it can cause bloating which is a feeling of swelling or fullness in the abdomen.

What Are The Causes of Gas and Bloating Pain?

  • Swallowing/ Gulping Air
  • Drinking Carbonated Beverages
  • Drinking Through a Straw
  • Smoking
  • Chewing Gum and Hard Candy
  • Certain Types of Foods
    • Milk Products
    • Vegetables
    • Legumes
    • Wheat Products
    • Fruits
    • Fatty Foods
  • Constipation
  • Over-eating
  • Bacterial Over-Growth
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Celiac Disease

Everyone experiences gas and bloating at some time in their lives. Because each person’s digestive tract processes foods differently, it may be hard to pin-point the exact cause of your symptoms. Some of the causes may be everyday things that can be reduced or eliminated from your life, thus reducing the symptoms you experience from gas. However, if your gas and bloating persists, gets in the way of your every day routine, or becomes painful, you should see Kenneth Brown, M.D.. Dr. Brown will then be able to rule out the major medical conditions and find a treatment regimen to keep you relatively gas free.