Let me start by saying that farting is a perfectly normal bodily function. We call the fascinating process of the body expelling what’s known as a flatus from the intestinal tract many names.
But one thing’s certain.
Although there are a lot of people who choose not to own up to it, it’s perfectly normal….in moderation.
If you’re experiencing more than the average of about 14 to 25 farts a day, the norm according to a National Institute of Health article, there may be a cause for concern.
What Are Farts Made Of?
A common belief is that farts are just swallowed air. This is true, but there’s more to the story. According to William L. Hasler, author of the above-mentioned article, the most prominent gases in flatuses (farts) are nitrogen, methane, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide.
The article also states that 74 percent of flatus consists of gases produced during bacterial fermentation.
What Causes Excessive Gas?
There are a number of possible issues that can cause flatulence. Most of the cases below involve the malfunction of the digestive system.
- Aerophagia (Swallowing a lot of air): Sure, we all swallow air from time to time, and this makes up almost 30% of farts. The body finds a way to dispel the air from one end or the other. However, when you’re eating fast or chewing gum, for instance, there’s more air traveling through your digestive system, which makes for more farts.
- Antibiotics: A National Institute of Health study found that antibiotics decrease the diversity of gut microbiota. This can lead to less good bacteria that promote easy digestion. Antibiotics also contribute to the overgrowth of certain bacteria, which increases gas.
- Maldigestion: Certain nutritional deficiencies and infections can cause maldigestion. For example, the National Institute of Diabetes And Digestive and Kidney Diseases mentions that a lactase enzyme deficiency can lead to the inability to break down lactose.This condition, also known as lactose intolerance, can lead to a host of symptoms, one being gas.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: This is a tricky illness, and there aren’t any definitive causes, though a brain-gut connection has been speculated. Medline Plus mentions IBS can cause a number of symptoms, including gas, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. Furthermore, the syndrome doesn’t cause visible intestinal damage, so it’s difficult to pinpoint.
Seven Easy Steps To Stop Farting
If the number of farts you’re blowing is beyond 25, you may be trying to find a remedy. Below you’ll find a few tips to help you stop farting in no time.
1. Avoid Known Allergens.
Most foods we are allergic to are hard to digest and cause gastrointestinal irritation. This indigestion can leave a feast for microbiota, thus causing fermentation. Such fermentation can lead to excessive gas formation.
2. Try A Digestive Cleanse.
It is said that we have 10 to 20 pounds of waste in our colons. Not only does this sound gross and make you want to take a huge gulp of Metamucil, but it can lead to some serious health problems.
For one, waste can be a breeding ground for parasites and unhealthy bacteria that cause a range of digestive issues, including gas.
If you’re new to cleansing, the easiest way to start is intermittent fasting. It involves fasting in cycles. A typical cycle might be fasting for 12 hours each day. Fasting provides your digestive system with a much-needed break.
When the body isn’t taxed with digesting food, it can then begin to eliminate waste faster in addition to healing inflammation in the digestive tract.
3. Avoid Carbonated Beverages.
The belching (and farting) that results from a huge gulp of Pepsi is often associated with thirst quenching. In reality, you’re swallowing and expelling carbon dioxide that your body doesn’t really need.
There are plenty of non-carbonated drinks that are much better at quenching thirst.
4. Avoid Chewing Gum.
Chewing gum can be fun, tasty and calming, but we’re also unknowingly swallowing a bunch of air in the process.
Furthermore, gum can be full of sugar and other sweeteners, which are also major culprits for gas.
5. Move Around More.
The general rule to follow is to avoid lying down for two hours after eating. Lying down, even sitting, slows down digestion. The longer food remains in your system undigested, the greater the chances of gas formation.
To speed up digestion, something as simple as a brisk walk or 30 minutes of strength training can boost your metabolism and reduce flatulence.
6. Take Probiotics.
Although there are some microbes known as “bad” bacteria that actually increase gas, probiotics can actually work to decrease gas, as mentioned in this Ancient Medicines Today video on eight ways to stop gas.
These friendly gut microbes form colonies that help with digestion and the removal of toxins. As a result, your gut environment isn’t prone to gas.
7. Chew Your Food.
Not only does chewing your food force you to eat slower, which helps with gas in itself, saliva produces enzymes. These substances are essential for breaking down foods and decreasing excess gas.
If you find that the above recommendations don’t provide enough relief, consider incorporating over-the-counter or prescription medications to assist you. In addition, explore herbal and holistic remedies that are suitable for your lifestyle.