Information on Intestinal Gas
Gas in the digestive tract (the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine) is normal. In fact, gas is present in everyone.
What causes it? Intestinal gas comes from two sources:
- Swallowed air
- The normal breakdown of certain undigested foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestine (colon).
The most common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain).
These symptoms can also be caused by serious disorders in some cases, so if your gas is becoming troublesome, you may want to see your healthcare provider.
(Click Intestinal Gas for more information, including a detailed list of foods known to cause gas.)