The so-called air in the belly it is a very common disorder that affects men and women alike. The problem manifests itself with sensations such as abdominal tension and pain, to which are added digestive difficulties and abnormal emission of gas. In other words, with aerophagia e meteorism. But what causes this annoying and embarrassing ailment and, above all, how to treat it by resorting to natural remedies?
Of course, any problems concerning the stomach and intestines should always be examined by your doctor, so that the causes can be ascertained. If necessary, a consultation with a gastroenterologist specialist may also be useful. THE do-it-yourself treatments they are recommended only after having ruled out serious diseases affecting the digestive system.
Air in the belly: what it is
In common parlance, with air in the belly it indicates an annoying sensation that can indifferently affect him stomach or theintestine. Sufferers experience swelling, a sense of tension and other unpleasant ailments, which can greatly reduce the quality of daily life.
In reality, when we talk about air in the belly, we are referring more properly to two different areas: that of aerophagia, which occurs mainly in the stomach, and that of meteorism, instead in the intestine. Here are their characteristics.
Aerophagia is the involuntary swallowing of air, which ends up accumulating in the stomach and, with the continuation of digestion, also in the intestine. The action of swallowing air usually occurs unconsciously or, again, due to bad eating habits.
The disorder manifests itself with swelling in the upper abdomen, feeling of weight on the stomach, difficulty digesting and uncontrollable belching. The problem can be determined by one chewing too fast, from the low production of saliva and from some chronic pathologies, such as the presence of a hiatal hernia, ulcer or air hunger typical of anxiety.
The term meteorism, on the other hand, indicates the accumulation of air in the intestine, which can also occur as a direct consequence of aerophagia. Real ones air bubbles they are formed both in the tract of the small intestine and in the colon, causing pain, constipation, reduced intestinal transit, abdominal cramps and much more.
One of the most obvious signs of meteorism is the production of continuous flatulenze, which the body resorts to in an attempt to get rid of excess air. The typical flatulence of this disorder can be sudden and uncontrollable: a fact that usually generates a lot of embarrassment in the people who suffer from it.
Air in the belly: symptoms
I symptoms of the air in the belly, whether it is aerophagia or meteorism, are very similar. This is because the two pathologies are linked, moreover since both can have consequences on the abdomen as a whole. In general, the effects of excessive air accumulation are manifested by:
- Bloating and abdominal tension, both treatable to the touch and painful;
- Digestive difficulties, with a feeling of weight on the stomach due to not fully digested food;
- Pain and cramps, both in the upper and lower abdomen;
- Nausea and loss of appetite, precisely because the stomach and intestines are unable to empty;
- Belching and flatulence, which the body uses in an attempt to get rid of excess air;
- Constipation, often chronic and not treatable with normal over-the-counter drugs.
Air in the belly: causes
There are many cause which can cause an abnormal accumulation of air in the belly. Some are almost harmless, as they can result from simple bad chewing habits or a diet rich in foods that stimulate the release of air, while others require more serious medical supervision.
The consumption of some foods it can be associated with the increase of air in the stomach and intestines, a fact that can contribute to the worsening of the symptoms of aerophagia and meteorism. As it is easy to guess, however, there are differences from person to person: before excluding any food from your diet, it is good to discuss it with your trusted specialist.
Between foods known to release air, for example due to their fermentation in the digestive system, the following are listed:
- Beans, peas, broad beans, chickpeas and legumes in general;
- Dairy product fresh and whole milk;
- Sodas, beer and sparkling wine;
- Bakery products and leavened, both salty and sweet;
- Dried fruit such as walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds;
- Some vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, peppers, radishes;
- Fruit such as melon, avocado, watermelon and figs.
Even some pathologies borne by the digestive system can favor the formation of air both in the stomach and intestines, making the disorder more evident. Sometimes it is a mechanical consequence, as in the case of blockages and narrowing of the colon, others of a reaction of the organism to foods to which it is allergic, lack of digestion and much more.
Among the most known ailments to increase the air in the belly, the following are distinguished:
- Irritable bowel syndrome: alternating normal intestinal transit, causing both constipation and diarrhea, can cause difficult disposal of excess air;
- Food intolerance, such as that for lactose, gluten and histamine;
- Crohn’s disease and other diseases affecting the intestine, such as diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis;
- Hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux, gallstones and poor liver function due to the accumulation of air in the stomach.
Finally, the abnormal accumulation of air in the digestive system can also be caused due to microbiological alterations of the intestine, to be restored with the use of priobiotics.
The intestinal mucosa is in fact covered with billions of battery, which live in full symbiosis with man and help the decomposition of food, as well as the absorption of some nutrients. When this population of good bacteria is altered, as in the case of infections with bad bacteria such as Staphylococcus, theHelicobacter Pillory or parasites such as pinworms, a completely abnormal production of air can occur.
Air in the belly: natural remedies
Having ascertained the causes of so much air in the digestive system, with the help of a doctor or specialist, you can move on to treatment. If the disorder derives from serious pathologies, it will be necessary to follow the advice and medications prescribed by the doctor, avoiding do-it-yourself. When, on the other hand, the cause is related to bad habits, such as incorrect chewing or the consumption of too many foods that stimulate the release of air, the natural remedies can be of great help.
Charcoal is known for its great ability to absorb air and liquids. Not surprisingly, it is administered in cases of poisoning to prevent harmful substances from being assimilated by the body and entering the circulation. In everyday life, however, it can represent a valid ally for the contrast of aerophagia and meteorism.
It comes in the form of tablets or powder, it is also sold in the supermarket and must be taken between meals or taking medications. This is because the Activated carbon it could retain nutrients and active ingredients, making treatment ineffective. Again, it is not to be taken in the presence of blocking disorders for the digestive system, such as intestinal obstruction.
The fennel it is the oldest remedy used to reduce the feeling of bloating in the belly and to eliminate excess air. Thanks to its fibers, which stimulate intestinal transit, but also to some active ingredients with high absorbency.
To maximize its effectiveness, it is useful to consume fresh fennel – at most in pinzimonio with extra virgin olive oil and salt – at least once a day. Cooked fennel does not have the same properties. Still, they exist on the market supplements powder to create excellent homemade herbal teas.
The melissa it is a plant known since ancient times for its calming effect on the stomach, thanks to its double ability to stimulate the release of gastric juices – and therefore digestion – as well as to soothe irritation and cramps.
It can therefore be useful to unblock a situation of poor digestion, due to the accumulation of air in the stomach, as well as in daily life as a natural preventive remedy.
Also there chamomile It is known for its calming effect on the digestive system, and it is no coincidence that it is given to infants to help them overcome the annoying colic of babies.
It can be consumed without great limitations, even several times a day, and promises to calm both the activity of the stomach and spasms e cramps in the intestine. However, it is recommended to consume it hot on average, so that the normal temperature of a digestive system already put to the test is not altered.
Finally, the mauve it is a valid ally for the protection of the mucous membranes of the entire digestive system, from the oral cavity to the colon. This herbaceous plant is in fact rich in mucilages, which have a flaming effect and facilitate the elimination of excess air.
These mucillagine they are in fact able to form a sort of film, a protective barrier on the mucous membranes, useful for limiting the action of harmful microorganisms and allowing the tissues to repair themselves. It can be taken as needed but without overdoing it, as it can have laxative effects.
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