Whether you call it farting, passing wind, having a gas, or flatulence, the release of excess air through the intestinal tract is both normal and natural but if you notice you’re passing wind more than usual, it could be down to an underlying health condition.
From a change in diet or routine to more serious allergies and illnesses like Crohn’s disease an increase in farts could be dangerous.
Doctors however say there are simple tips should help relieve your gas problem — and perhaps make you less anxious in social situations.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Too much farting is one of the main symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS.
Dr. Daniel Atkinson from Treated.com says:
Change in diet
If you’ve recently changed your diet you may find you’re passing more wind more than usual as your gut adjusts to the change in food.
Most healthy diets should include a wide range of vegetables, some of which can make you need the toilet more and can also increase how many times you pass wind a day.
Foods don’t affect everyone the same way and most people know what foods make them pass wind more, but common culprits are cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus produce more gas than other vegetables. (But they’re also nutritious, so don’t avoid them altogether!), says gastroenterologist Christine Lee, MD.
But if you’re farting more after meals and you don’t know why you may have lactose intolerant.
This is essential as it help your body correctly digest dairy products.
You can be born with a lactose intolerance or it can develop as you age.
If you do eat milk, cheese or yogurt, consider taking Lactaid® beforehand to help ease your digestion, Dr. Lee says.
Inflammatory bowel disease
It could be a sign that you have inflammatory bowel disease, according to Dr. Atkinson.
If you’re farting more than you think you should you may have Coeliac’s disease.
Dr Atkinson says:
The excess gas buildup is also likely more of a problem if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, scleroderma, thyroid dysfunction, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, or if you have a sedentary lifestyle, Dr. Lee says.
How to limit gas buildup or avoid passing wind?
Dr. Lee suggests:
Exercise: The more active you are, the more frequently and discreetly you’ll eliminate gas from your intestinal tract. Focus on abdominal-strengthening exercises to help keep the digestive tract moving. Aim to work out for at least 30 minutes three or four days each week.
Avoid constipation: Having a bowel movement anywhere from three times daily to once every other day is normal. This helps limit a buildup from gas-producing bacteria. Hydration and exercise can help keep things moving in this department.
Review your medications: Narcotics, decongestants, allergy medications, and some blood pressure drugs can slow your intestinal processes. Talk to your doctor if you think you need to make a change.
Limit carbonated beverages, fermented foods and drinks containing high fructose corn syrup: These products just add more gas or feed the bacteria in your digestive tract.
Speaking to The Sun registered Dietitian Dr. Megan Rossi said:
She also gave her top tips to avoid flatulence.
She said it’s important to avoid sweeteners as they are hard for your small intestine to absorb.
As well as this she added:
For those who like a drink though Dr Rossi said you should limit your consumption of wine because of the amount of sulphates it contains.
“There’s no clinical evidence for peppermint tea, as it’s probably too low a dose – but it won’t hurt if you feel it helps.”
Libby Limon, who is a nutritionist for Link Nutrition said she would recommend a probiotic.
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