Stomach Pain

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Stomach pain is often caused by an excess amount of gas in the abdomen. When there's too much gas inside the intestinal tract, and it can't find an exit, it causes abdominal distention, or bloating. In other words, the stomach sticks out because of the expanding gas inside. If the gas continues to build, with no relief in pressure, pain can result.

Gas pains range from dull cramps to sharp, excruciating pains. Anyone who's ever experienced these pains knows how unpleasant they can be. Someone who lives with chronic abdominal pain may be constantly irritable or depressed, and it's easy to see why. Such pain has a very negative impact on one's quality of life. Antacid pills formulated to relieve chronic abdominal pain do often work. However, they don't address the source of the pain.

Bowel Dysfunction and Stomach Pain

In many cases, the root cause of stomach pain is a constipated bowel. The bowel is the final stop in the intestinal tract. After food is broken down in the stomach and small intestine, it then reaches the large intestine, or colon. In the colon, nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the digested food can pass through the colonic wall, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream to nourish the body's various organs, bones, and muscles. Food matter that isn't absorbed into the body gets pushed out as waste.

Problems happen, however, when blockage occurs in the colon. Food matter that arrives in the colon and just sits there begins to ferment. Acidic, fatty or otherwise hard to digest food makes fermentation stronger. The fermentation process creates a lot of gas buildup in the gut, which can't escape because of the sitting food blocking the colon. A growing bubble of trapped gas ensues. Chronic blockages will create chronic gas and thus chronic stomach pain. Colonic therapy is a natural and very popular way to remove blockages from the colon, heading off the pain at its source.

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