Stress, diet and carbonated drinks are all things can cause excessive intestinal gas. If you’re on a diet and eating healthy, you may experience this condition for the following reasons.
Excessive Protein in Your Diet
If you’re on a diet and trying to burn excess fat and build lean muscle mass, chances are you’ve cut your intake of carbohydrates and dramatically increased your intake of protein. This type of diet is known as a ketosis-inducing diet. Ketosis is the state in which your body begins burning carbohydrates and excess fat in the creation of energy. This is one of the most effective types of diet for losing weight and building lean muscle mass. However, your body can only handle so much protein every day. If your diet consists of too much protein, it will be passed out of your diet through the intestinal tract where it will sit. While sitting at the end of the intestinal tract, this protein will create gas. If your new diet has slowed down your bowel movements, the protein will have more time to sit and create even more gas.
Fiber is one of the building blocks that your body needs on a daily basis. It helps with digestion. And it helps those on diets because it digests slower, helping you to feel full for longer. It also helps fill you up faster, because it expands during the process of being digested. However, too much fiber in your diet, like protein, will cause it to sit in your lower intestinal area and wait to be fully digested and passed. Again, while waiting, it will produce gas. The longer it sits the more gas it will be able to produce.
Legumes Cause Gas
Beans. They’re healthy, full of protein and other nutrients. But, they’re also full of enzymes that create gas when they come into contact with the enzymes that break food down in your digestive system. Legumes contain a natural sugar that your body isn’t able to break down. This sugar is called oligosaccharide. Since your digestive enzymes can’t break this sugar down, it ends up in your lower intestine where your body has bacteria that can break it down. This process of being broken down in the lower intestine is what causes the gas.
Chances are that the new diet you’re on contains a number of vegetables that didn’t make regular appearances in your diet before. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks and Brussels sprouts all cause gas and all are very healthy additions to your diet when you’re trying to lose weight and increase muscle mass. These vegetables contain components that don’t get broken down in the stomach or upper intestine, but do get broken down by the bacteria in your lower intestines, which causes the formation of gas.
Excessive intestinal gas can be avoided by learning what foods cause gas and why. Then, you could either modify your diet to cut down on those foods, or as with the case of beans, combat that gas with over-the counter supplements such as Bean-O.