What is gas?

Whenever your body breaks down food, gas is produced. It happens in your stomach where gas tries to escape through burping. But gas continues being produced once food reaches the intestines where it causes flatulence.


No matter where it’s occurring, gas can cause sharp pains or cramps. All the sudden your clothes feel like they’ve gotten tighter. But your clothes haven’t gotten smaller – your belly has gotten bigger.


What are the symptoms of gas?

Since gas can form anywhere from your stomach to your colon, you can experience symptoms of many types. No matter where it occurs in the digestive process, gas causes your stomach and/or abdomen to expand. This uncomfortable condition is called bloating, and it can last for hours or a few minutes.


As your stomach gets bloated by gas, you will feel the urge to belch and burp. When gas is formed in the intestines, you will experience flatulence. And when the gas gets trapped with no place to go, it can cause pain and cramping in your abdomen that can move slowly from one place to another. These gas pains can range from mild to intense. Even though the discomfort tends to make you want to sit still or lie down, it helps to engage in some activity such as walking to help move your food through your system.


Rolaids® Advanced has what it takes to help you win your war on gas. If you’re going out in public, make sure to bring some along just in case.


Occasional gas is normal and to be expected. But you should see a physician if you tend to have more serious problems such as severe abdominal pain, chest pain, diarrhea, changes in stool color, or unintended weight loss. These symptoms could be signs of a digestive illness such as irritable bowel syndrome, gluten or lactose intolerance, or Crohn’s disease.


What triggers gas?

As food digests and ferments in your digestive tract, it gives off gas. As food begins digesting in the stomach, the gas produced tends to cause burping. As food continues being digested in the intestines, the gas produces flatulence. Either type is not pleasant for you or the people around you.


Certain foods are harder to digest than others, so they create more gas. And beverages can be a cause as well, especially the bubbly kind. Fortunately, Rolaids® Advanced brings welcome relief fast.


Eat small amounts of cruciferous vegetables such as beans, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.
Consume smaller amounts of high-fiber, whole grain breads.
Reduce your intake of dairy products containing lactose.
Watch out for fructose and sorbitol, which are found in some fruits and are also used as sweeteners.
Avoid fried, fatty foods.
Avoid bubbly, carbonated drinks and sodas. Straws can make you swallow more air and make gas worse.
Go easy on fiber supplements.
Don’t smoke. It can make you swallow more air.
Exercise and activity helps move food steadily through your system. The longer your food sits in your system the more it ferments to create gas.
Eat slowly so as not to overburden your digestive system with a tsunami of food.
Chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. This makes your food easier for your system to digest.
Don’t talk while eating as it makes you swallow more air.
Poorly fitting dentures can make you swallow more air.