FlatulenceWhat is Flatulence?

Flatulence is having excess amount of gas in the stomach on in the intestinal track.


When this gas gets expelled through the rectum, it is now known as passing gas.


The gas could be expelled through the mouth as well, but this time around, it is already known as a belch.


While flatulence may be a normal body process, one must be wary whenever it is accompanied by pain and discomfort.



What are the Causes of Flatulence?

  • Aerophagia or air that is swallowed. One could swallow air whenever one eats or unconsciously swallows air out of a particular habit. You would be able to swallow air whenever you drink rapidly, chew gum, or use tobacco products. When you drink carbonated beverages, you tend to swallow air too.
  • Breaking down of partly or undigested foods. The body does not always digest the food that it takes in. This is because of a shortage of certain enzymes in the intestines which would then warrant the passage of undigested food to the large intestine. The bacteria in the large intestine would break down these foods and would produce carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane. These gases would then pass through the rectum.
  • Foods that create a lot of gas. Some of these foods are beans, starches (corn, potatoes, wheat), onions, red wine, fibre, and sorbitol (type of sugar found in sweet fruits like prunes, apples, and pears).
  • Fibre is also one of those that could cause flatulence.


Diagnosis, Signs, and Symptoms of Flatulence

Flatulence is embarrassing, and in order for you to be able to apply the right treatment, you need to identify its symptoms.

  • Gas. While everyone may actually pass gas every day, there are instances when it would be too much and would become excessive.
  • Belching. After eating, belching normally occurs to signal you that the stomach is already full.
  • Abdominal bloating. A lot of people believe that abdominal bloating is one of the causes of flatulence.


Remedies, Treatment, and Cure for Flatulence

Treatment of flatulence has so much to do with the food that you eat. If you change the way that your diet works, then surely you could overcome the embarrassment of having to constantly pass gas in public.

Diet for Flatulence

  • Beans have been very popular for causing gas, hence avoiding them would greatly help in decreasing the number of times that you pass gas in public. Some examples of beans to avoid kidney, cannellini, and black-eyed. Artichokes, lentils, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli also cause plenty of gas to be produced.
  • Try to stay away from foods that you know you have an intolerance. The most common type of these foods are dairy products coming from cows.
  • Also try to note down the foods that make you feel bloated, then check to find out whether there is any common denominator.
  • Refrain from eating fruits after having eaten a large meal. Fruits like to gain a fast passage through the intestine and if other foods were already in the intestine, fruits would get left behind and would ferment in the gut. It is best to eat fruits either before or in between meals.
  • You can try eating a few chunks of papaya or pineapple before beginning a meal, as these fruits can aid in digestion.
  • You can eat foods that are well-known for aiding digestion. Some of these foods are watercress, young green celery, fennel, radicchio, and young green celery. These stimulate the gastric juices.
  • Drinking chamomile, fennel, or peppermint teas after meals could help aid digestion.
  • Adding a strip of dried Kombu seaweed to bean dishes during cooking time could also help in digestion since this pre-digests the enzymes that cause bloating. Just remember to throw away after cooking.
  • Try to include a fresh ginger root to your cooking since it could help in the digestion process.
  • Do not forget to eat low fat live yoghurts.

Some Useful Remedies

  • Peppermint formula (1 – 2ml before meals). This is a blend of herbs that could stimulate digestion. This is also useful if you feel that you have overeaten or feel uncomfortable.
  • Betain hydrochloride (1 capsule before meals, taken with a glass of water).
  • Acidophilus and bifidus (1-2 capsules, taken after meals). This could help in restoring the healthy flora of the digestive tract. This in turns helps in manufacturing gastric enzymes which keeps candida in a healthy level.
  • Lepicol has FOS, which is a form of sugar that feeds friendly bacteria.

Helpful Hints

  • Instead of eating large meals, try to eat smaller meals. Doing so would put less strain on the liver and the digestive tract.
  • A lot of people have actually benefited from food combining, wherein the proteins and carbohydrates are separated.
  • Chronic flatulence could be a symptom of gut infections, candida or food intolerance.
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