Today we are discussing gastric issues. Now before you wriggle your noses and give me one of those looks, let's settle on the fact that gas in itself is nothing bad. I mean Gas is one of the only four states of matter, from the oxygen we breathe into, the carbon dioxide we exhale, it's all gas. Our air is a mixture of various gasses. So I hope you will agree when I say it's not bad but just an important part of our environment.
Now coming down to human gas, okay, I agree it can be embarrassing but still its natural and on average a normal person will pass gas about 15 times a day. Also, usually it's odourless and only when mixed with other methane or sulphuric contents will it be foul smelling and more of a concern. So if you can tame the noise pollution, you may avoid the cannon.
Our digestive tract faces a few common concerns, which a lot of times are confused as synonymous and hence treated the same way. So it becomes imperative to differentiate among them and treat them correctly and ease the tummy worries. If you are still confused, then we are discussing Gas and Acidity.
Our stomach produces acid to break and digest food. But when the same is produced in excess, it is considered as acidity. Whenever the stomach lining is disturbed this phenomenon will occur. Common known causes of it include consumption of spicy or oily foods, alcohol or tea/caffeine in plenty. Also, stress or some medications can cause more acid to be produced in the stomach. In a few scenarios, cancerous tumors or ulcers present in stomach or pancreas can cause acidity.
Well like the name suggests, it is the presence of excessive gas in the body. The release of gas is done either through belching (mouth) or in the form of flatulence (rectum). The common causes are consuming a lot of air either while talking, breathing or even eating. Also carbonated/aerated drinks will cause gas to be formed in the body. Furthermore, when there is undigested carbohydrate in the body, certain bacteria will form and can cause gas which is considered more than normal standard.
Acidity's most common symptom is the burning sensation it causes above the stomach, also known as heartburn. It may cause excessive gas, even indigestion or constipation in some cases. Other symptoms include coughing, weight loss, and pain in chest or stomach. There can be more side effects of it depending upon cases.
Gas is pretty easy that ways if you are burping or farting too much then you know you have gas issues. Another common symptom is bloating and yes cramps and pain may also accompany as the trapped air may try to escape the body!
Even though there isn't a specific test to identify acidity or gas, acidity is usually considered having a low pH balance. If you have any persistent or damaging effects like blood in stool or vomiting or any other symptom, you will need to consult a doctor from stopping it turning into a potentially more damaging concern.
Rest the simple remedy is having smaller meals in a day rather than heavy meals, that works on both gas and acidity. Also, certain foods like Tulsi, mint, ginger can be used to curb these challenges, as these herbs are carminative in nature. Regular exercise goes without saying, helps in every concern related to the body.
Rest well, eat well and give your stomach the thumbs up.
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