We may not fully realize this but while eating or drinking we end up ingesting quite a bit of air into our body.
Usually this is not an issue. Our digestive system can deal with air just like any other food or drink that it processes.
Although one side effect of ingesting too much air is that it will be expelled initially as burp and possibly as flatulence.
If you are already suffering with lots of gas and would like to cut the amount of gas that you are passing, you have to make sure you are not inadvertently ingesting too much air.Reduced Gas
There are few other ways as well in which we end up ingesting air.
When we chew the gum, we end up eating a bit of air. The reason is that with chewing gum we are continuously chewing and gulping down the juices that form in our mouth. Along with the juices we gulp the residual air in the mouth.
Another very common way we end up ingesting air is through the straws. When we use straw we have to suck in the air that initially occupies the straw. And more breaks we take while using the straw, every time we start sucking in, we ingest the air that is within the straw.
Usually while we are using the straw, we are drinking a carbonated beverage. As you already know the carbonated beverages have dissolved gas, which the beverage releases as fizz. The fizz also adds to the gas formation in the body.
Although fizz is an indirect way of ingesting gas, the bottom line is that it contributes to the formation of extra gas in the body.
At least part of the air that enters stomach is ejected through burps. When we start eating, food displaces the air that is present in the stomach. Burp is the result of this displacement.
Not all the air will be evacuated from the stomach through the esophagus. Some of the air will remain trapped along with the food and continue along the digestive tract towards the intestine.
If you have the habit of using lots of chewing gum, is it possible for you to hold the gum in your mouth without chewing for longer periods? That would help ingest less air.
You may not be able to completely avoid straws. But is it possible to avoid straw and sip directly from the glass? When you sip, you still ingest residual air that is there in your mouth, but that would still be less than using the straw.
Reducing the amount of carbonated beverages would help reduce the flatulence. The usual burp after drinking carbonated beverages may make you feel that you have gotten rid of all the gas, but that is not always the case. As described earlier, at least some amount of gas is going to travel to the colon.
The large intestinal wall is good at absorbing gases present in the colon. In fact a large amount of the gases that are produced in the colon because of the bacterial fermentation are absorbed back by the colon wall.
Colon wall will also absorb air if it happens to travel to the colon. One of the ways to stimulate the colon wall to absorb more air and gases is exercise. Exercise stimulates the colon wall to absorb more of the gases.
Minimize chewing gums. Watch your straws usage. Avoid drinking carbonated beverages and exercise more. All of these will help reduce gas by reducing the amount of air and gas in the colon