Flatulence is a condition in which a person has too much gas in stomach or intestine that may place him/her in a very embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. The person suffering from flatulence feels strong urge to pass gas repeatedly, and may have bloating too.
Though everybody has it but having it in excess and chronic, needs to pay attention and the person suffering from it must consult the doctor as it may lead to many other problems.
Causes of Flatulence
Certain foods such as kidney beans and artichokes cause an overproduction of bacteria in the stomach, which can in turn lead to excessive flatulence. Food containing a lot of fibre such as baked beans and brown rice are also common causes of flatulence.
Types of Food Intolerance that Cause Flatulence
Fructose intolerance: Prunes, pears, apples, bran and other well known laxatives contain Fructose. If you are Fructose intolerant you will experience intestinal distress: flatulence, abdominal bloating, diarrhea and other symptoms.
Lactose intolerance - eating dairy products. This is a major cause of flatulence and associated symptoms and it affects -75% of all people. Symptoms of Flatulence
Passing wind is normal, but the amount varies between individuals and depends on a number of factors including diet. Some people pass wind only a handful of times per day, others up to 40 times, while the average seems to be about 15. Symptoms of excessive (or embarrassing) flatulence include :-
Passing wind often
Abdominal distension and discomfort
Treatment of Flatulence
Because extreme gas can also be caused by heartburn, one has to make sure that his digestive system is performance properly. Moreover, make sure to drink plenty of water during meals to ensure that digestion will be done correctly.
As far as the diet is concerned, comprise fiber on the diet as this will make digestion easier and fast.
Drink enough yogurts or add asafetida to dishes as these are known to limit gases in the body. Live yogurt is one of the most commercially available treatments for body gas.
Exercise regularly. This will assist your body in digesting the food you've taken.
Although spices are known to make gases, there are some that acts in the contradictory. These spices are cumin, coriander, and caraway. Regular intake of these spices or mixing them with some dishes will decrease body gases.
Prevention of flatulence:
One must avoid these foods as they cause gas in order to prevent flatulence:
Whole grain cereals and bran.
Stopping Flatulence Pain
Only you really know what your flatulence pain feels like. Often, by instinct, we know whether or not something is serious. Normally, if you have a condition that needs medical treatment, you will have more symptoms than the immediately obvious digestive ones. If this is the case you should consult a medical professional. Flatulence pain may be the early warning that ensures you do not become seriously ill.
Home remedies for Flatulence
Passage of food through gastrointestinal tract is slowed down by constipation (leads to fermentation). So drink plenty of fluids and eat fiber rich food.
Chew food thoroughly so that lumps that ferment do not remain longer in the intestine.
Antacid and anti-gas preparations are hardly effective so better avoid them.
Eat moderate amounts of fiber rich food at first and then gradually increase the intake. Otherwise flatulence may increase. If these fiber-rich-food disturb your system, reduce or eliminate them from your diet.
Artificial sweeteners can cause flatulence and diarrhea, so avoid it.
Keep an eye on foods like cabbage, cauliflower, high-fiber foods, milk and milk products, soybeans and pink beans that are high in complex carbohydrates and produce intestinal gas.
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