The butt of many jokes (pun intended) and awkward social silences, air in your digestive tract (gas) can be caused by swallowed air or the process of breaking down undigested foods in the large intestine, which produces hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and in about 1/3 of people, methane.
Gas moves through the gastrointestinal tract and must be absorbed or released through the mouth or rectum. Gas can cause abdominal pain, bloating, belching, and flatulence. Beans, milk products, certain vegetables, and sugars (real and artificial) are more likely to produce gas. If this is a persistent issue for you, or the discomfort is severe, speak with your health care provider about prevention and treatment. For more about passing gas, CLICK HERE.