Causes of stomach gas
1. Not chewing foods properly.
During the chewing process, saliva is secreted which contains the enzyme ptyalin. This starts to breakdown starch into more simple sugars. Without taking the time to chew each mouthful slowly and properly the food hits the stomach in much larger pieces. The stomach then has to work harder to digest these large pieces, resulting in gas after eating.
2. Being stressed while eating
or being stressed in general. In fact any negative emotion, anger, jealousy, bitterness, etc will upset the digestive system and your health in general. If you are eating in a hurried, stressed environment, on the go, you can be assured that you will experience stomach gas pain and gas after eating.
The digestive system and body does not function properly while under stress. I know if I am late and eat in a hurry I always get stomach gas pain after eating.
3. Talking while eating.
May sound over simplified, but many experience gas if they talk and eat at the same time.
4. Not enough hydrochloric acid.
Hydrochloric acid is the acid the stomach produces to digest food. The production of hydrochloric acid peaks at age 30. You can find this information in any medical text book.
After that, it decreases over time, until at age 60 we are producing 1/4 of the amount of hydrochloric acid we did at age 30. The stomach is not digesting food as well and needs help.
Often the symptoms mimic, acid reflux, and so your doctor will prescribe antacids. This further exasperates the underlying issue by reducing what little acid there is! And all antacids have serious side effects especially osteoporosis.
Antacids block the acid but also block the body's ability to absorb protein, calcium and iron.
5. Excess production of hydrochloric acid.
If you are stressed, or prone to stomach ulcers, you may be producing too much hydrochloric acid. A pH test and consultation with a naturopath can help determine if your body is overly acidic.
6. Chewing gum, creates gas in the stomach.
7. Drinking soft drinks with a straw.
8. Eating candy
9. Some cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and many beans or legumes cause gas and some people are more sensitive than others.
10. Food sensitivities, such as raw garlic and onions