Gas is nothing but the release of air present in the digestive tract of a person. There can be a number of reasons for formation of gas.
Passing gas, or farting, or tooting, or flatulence, or cutting the cheese, or whatever it is known by, doing so is embarrassing, but not as much as it’s funny! The gas passed by a person is not very different from the gases found in the atmosphere, and why should it be so, as we all breathe in the same gases as air isn’t it? Primarily, these gases are composed of carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The foul odor emanated from a flatus (passed gas), is indicative of the strong presence of sulfur in it.
Basically, gas is nothing but the release of air present in the digestive tract of a person. The air enters our digestive tract while we’re eating or drinking. However, the amount of air collected so is very small, which is why the air keeps collecting in the tract over a period of time. Normally, these gases are released through burping or belching, and of course tooting (passage of gas through the rectum). Typically an average person toots anywhere between 14 to 23 times a day. Doing so for less than 14 times a day is also normal, however, passing gases for more than 23 times a day is what would order a doctor!
There can be a number of reasons for formation of gas, and listed below are some of the prominent ones:
Eating/Drinking Fast: When a person is in a hurry and needs to get somewhere urgently, or is on the run, his heart would pump faster than normal, resulting in a greater intake of air. The person would inhale not only through his nostrils, but his mouth as well. Simultaneously, the person is also having food or gulping down something, which further presses the air down into the intestines. The air that gets sucked into the stomach in such manner, keeps forming into gas overtime and is eventually released through flatulence.
Smoking: While smoking, a person not only inhales the cigarette smoke, but also the air present in the environment. Though a person does so unconsciously, he actually inhales through his mouth and nose at the same time. He smokes the cigarette using his mouth, but at the same time, his nostrils also suck in some amount of air. Both the smoke and the air go into the intestines and form gaseous substances. Finally, the gas so collected is passed out through the anus.
Chewing gum/sucking on candy: sucking on hard candies or chewing gum is another reason for the formation of gas in a person’s body. While a person chews gum, he opens and shuts his mouth constantly. This action creates an aperture for the air to get inside the digestive tract. Like it happens while eating, the air keeps collecting in the intestines and forms into a gas, which sees its exit through tooting.
Fizzy drinks: many fizzy drinks are not only overtly carbonated, but contain a great amount of soda as well. Soda itself is known to help clear the intestines by forming gases that would be released eventually. Likewise, soft drinks that contain a great amount of fizz cause gases in a person and urge him to cut the cheese.
Food: Though many foods that cause gases are extremely beneficial for health, the fact that they lead to formation of gases cannot be ignored. Foods such as beans, milk and milk products, whole grains cause gases. Among vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, mushrooms, artichokes, and asparagus form considerable gas clouds in the stomach. Also, if you’re having fruits such as pears, apples, and peaches, your intestinal weather forecast would be fairly cloudy!
Lack of digestive enzymes: many times it happens that the food we eat is not broken down in the small intestine and gets passed down to the large intestine. This is simply because the small intestine may not have the proper digestive enzyme to break down the food particles further. As a result, the food is passed down to the large intestine where the air forming into gas tries breaking down the food particles. In the process many other gases are also produced, which increases the gaseous pressure in the stomach. Eventually, one or more gases are passed to resume normal service.
Therefore, the above were a few reasons for why there could be some rough weather in your tummy!