Passing gas, flatulate, or just plain farting; for most of us it is uncomfortable and embarrassing, but hey we all fart! If you suddenly see an increase in the amount you are farting, or notice your farts have become a little more stinky, you may want to check out your diet. Many foods we eat contain toxins that can increase the amount we fart and the potency of the gas we emit.
How we eat
The biggest contributor to gas is how we eat. Slow down, chew your food and avoid sipping hot beverages or using a straw. All three of these are factors in building up gas.
How much soda do you drink?
Farts are caused by trapped air, which can come from many sources. When you sip carbonated beverages using a straw it can cause air to become trapped in the colon, where it causes up to 50 percent of excessive farts. If you burp you can reduce the blowout. But not burping will cause the gas to come out the bottom end.
Too much sugar!
Americans eat 165 pounds of sugar each year, much of it as added sugars to our foods. Our bodies cannot digest many of these artificial sweeteners, so they stay in our gut and ferment. If you chew sugar free gum it may contain xylitol, other sweeteners like those used in diet soda can also cause gas. Avoiding foods with these fake additives will help ease your gas
Although they are super-healthy, cruciferous veggies like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli contain a carbohydrate that make them difficult to digest. As they sit in your gut waiting for your stomach acids to digest them, they produce gas. Taking digestive enzymes can increase the digestive process and reduce gas.
Cutting back on dairy
One of the symptoms of having lactose intolerance can be mild to severe gas. Depending on how much lactase your body makes, gas will usually begin 30 minutes to 2 hours after you eat or drink milk products. Try eliminating dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and see if you have less gas.
Recent research has pegged our digestive tract our “second brain”. Stress can have a big impact on our gut. If you feel stressed try meditation, it can soothe your mind and your gut. Overworking our brain cause less blood flow to the gut, slowing the digestive process resulting in undigested food remaining in our gut for a longer period.
You are constipated
When you get backed up your poop just sits around in your intestines. This will cause gas. Try adding fiber to your diet which can help push the toxins from processed foods through the colon and get your body back on track. It is normal to poop one or two times per day, doing so will reduce the amount of gas build up.
Many medications can cause you to fart. These include over the counter products like aspirin or antacids and prescription medications like narcotic pain medications. If you have been prescribed a medication and notice an increase in gas, discuss the situation with your health care provider.
How to reduce gas
One of the key ways to reduce gas (for most people farting 10-15 times per day is normal) is by modifying our diet. Some common foods that because gas include beans, brans and whole grains, eggs, dairy, prunes and fried foods. If you have a large amount of gas, try modifying your diet and see if you can reduce the number of times you fart each day.
So, if you are embarrassed to fart you don’t really have a choice. Even if you clenched your butt and held them in all day, the gas will escape once you relax. What’s more relaxing than sleep?