8. Excessive Flatulence
Passing gas is a normal body process that, whether you admit it or not, usually occurs 13-21 times each day. Flatulence occurs when air builds up in the digestive tract. This occurs when you swallow air while chewing, or when healthy gut bacteria produce gas during digestion. While most gas production is perfectly normal, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) suggests consulting your doctor if excessive gas production has become painful, bothersome, or accompanied by other GI issues. In some cases, excessive gas can be caused by digestive disorders or intestinal disease.
Just as passing gas is a normal body function, belching is a natural occurrence that relieves the stomach of excess gas buildup. However, chronic, persistent, uncomfortable, or excessive burping may be a sign of a medical disorder. Peptic ulcer disease, stomach infections, and acid reflux can contribute to excessive belching. If you suspect your burping is a symptom of a GI issue, contact your physician. Belching that is not triggered by an underlying medical condition may be relieved by slowing down while eating, avoiding carbonated sodas, and refraining from chewing gum.
There are many potential reasons you may suffer from fatigue. If your fatigue is accompanied by weakness, pale skin, dizziness, and shortness of breath, you may be suffering from anemia. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body doesn’t make enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to your organs and tissues. If you are consuming enough dietary iron, anemia may be caused by blood loss or by intestinal absorption issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, peptic ulcers, colon cancer, and celiac disease are GI problems that may cause iron deficiency anemia.