Top 8 Tips For Reducing Gas or Farts

medlabz - 20 Mar 2017
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Top 8 Tips For Reducing Gas or Farts

Yes, farts can be funny, but if you have excessive flatulence, you can be dealing with a painful bloated feeling, socially awkward noises, and even more socially awkward smells.  So here’s our Top 8 List for Fighting Farts!

1) Slow Down When You Eat

Whenever you eat or drink, a little bit of air goes down with every swallow.  Most of that air exits through the attic in the form of a burp, but some might get into the digestive tract and come out through the cellar as a fart.  To reduce incidental air intake, eat and drink slowly and chew your food thoroughly.

2) Air In Equals Air Out

Even if you don’t gulp mouthfuls of air, it can sneak into your digestive system via foods and beverages. Carbonated (bubbly) drinks are the biggest fart culprits, but you can get the same effect from fluffy souffle, airy cakes and donuts, and even a well-whipped milk shake.

3) Stop Smoking

Not only is smoking bad for your lungs and causes smelly breath, smoking causes smelly farts.  When you smoke, you swallow air as well as inhale smoke.  It would be interesting to have “risk of flatulence” added to cigarette warning labels.

4) Avoid Sulfur

The hydrogen sulfide that makes farts smell — as well as methylmercaptan —  contains sulfur.  If you eat less sulfur, the fart factory has less raw material to work with.  Flatulent foods containing significant amounts of sulfur include eggs, meat, and cauliflower.

5) It’s True What They Say About Beans

Yes, beans cause flatulence.  Beans, lentils, other legumes, and some vegetables contain three sugars — raffinose, stachyose, and verbascose — that we can’t digest.  But the breaking wind bacteria in your love to feed on these sugars, creating gas in the process.  If you just can’t give up your beans, they won’t produce as much gas if you boil them briefly, let them sit for about an hour in the water, and then finish cooking them in a fresh pot of water.  Cooking them longer may also help avoid farts.

6) Anti-Gas Medicine

There are off-the-shelf non-prescription pills for farts that contain alpha-galactosidase — an enzyme that breaks down indigestible sugars before they can reach the colon and turn into farts. An Italian study published in 2006 showed that high doses (more than typically recommended) reduced flatulence, but a more normal dose didn’t make a significant difference.  But they can have different results with different people so they’re certainly worth a try.

7) Don’t Sweet Talk Your Farts

Any food or drinks that use high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener can cause flatulence in some people because their small intestines won’t absorb large amounts of fructose. Other sugar alcohols –sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol — can also cause more than the usual amount of farting.

8) Digestive Balance

The bacteria in the intestines is it’s own ecosystem. Too little or too many of certain kinds of bacteria can produce excessive flatulence.  If there is too little bacteria (a common occurrence after taking antibiotics) probiotics can raise the bacteria level and lower the fart level.  Occasionally, the problem can be too much bacteria — this is generally diagnosed by a physician.

Home Remedies to Stop Farting

  • Cook your vegetables thoroughly. The digestive system finds it difficult to break down raw, uncooked food.
  • Begin your day with fruits and some milk to maintain the alkalinity in the stomach.
  • Eating meals at proper meal times, maintaining a regular interval, is helpful.
  • Herbal tea consumption is also good. You can prepare a tea with equal parts of peppermint, chamomile and balm. Add a teaspoon of this herbal mixture to half a cup of boiling water.  This preparation should be consumed in mouthful doses.
  • Increase your intake of water. The more your drink, the less you fart. Drinking water flushes out the odor-causing toxins from the body.
  • Drink warm water with lime juice before every meal. This can reduce gas problems.
  • Your bowel movements should be regular. Controlling or delaying a bowel movement is bad.
  • Keep calm and stress-free. Tension can cause you to swallow air
  • Exercise regularly

Some Foods that Cause Farting

As a matter of fact, we cannot advise you to stop taking these but yes, you can reduce their consumption if you really want to get rid of your farting problem.

  • Vegetables :  Artichokes, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, peas, radishes, green peppers
  • Fruits : Apricots, peaches, pears, bananas, melons, prunes, and raw apples
  • Eggs
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Fried foods

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