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We fart because of an accumulation of gases in our bodies. It could be a result of many factors. There are certain foods that produce more gas. Consumption of these foods in large quantities can lead to farting. These foods include beans, Lentils, Cabbage, Broccoli, Foods rich in fructose like fruit juices, Prunes, Apples.
Besides the food that we eat, we swallow air throughout the day while chewing and drinking. If we swallow excess air, then it is passed through as gases in the form of a fart.
Certain activities lead us to swallow more air than normal. Chewing gum, eating too quickly, drinking carbonated drinks, Smoking.
Bacteria formation in the small intestine. Another reason could be the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine due to certain medical conditions like type-2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
Did You Know?
- Out of all the living creatures, termites(1) fart the most. They produce anywhere between 2 to 22Tg methane every year.
- 1Teragram = 1,000,000,000 Kilograms
How to stop Farting Naturally?
There are various ways that can help us stop gas naturally. A few are explained under –
CURE 1: Diet Modifications
When you eat food, the digestion starts in the mouth itself. Chewing breaks down the food into more manageable pieces and then passes it down to the stomach for further digestion. If you eat fast, you risk inflammation in your intestinal tract because of the large chunks of food that land there.
- Another disadvantage of eating fast is the excess air you swallow. This excess air then causes stomach gas and bloating.
- Whenever you eat food, eat slowly. Enjoy your food and taste with every bite.
Avoid Gas-Producing Foods
There are certain foods like beans, lentils, cabbage, etc. that are responsible for producing gas. Consumption of these foods in meals can lead to the formation of gas that will result in farts. Keep track of fart-producing foods and reduce their consumption.
Gas producing foods can also be had in the day when you are up and about, and they can be better digested. Avoid eating gassy foods at night. At night while you are lying down, the gases are not able to escape through the mouth in the form of burps, and thus they are released as farts.
Avoid Carbonated Drinks
Carbonated drinks have dissolved carbon dioxide, and the same is released when consumed. Reduce the overall consumption of carbonated drinks to help reduce gas.
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CURE 2: Supplements
There are enzymes in our body that act on the food and help digest it. However, with the current modern diets, there are some foods that are difficult to digest and may need outside enzymes. Even though passing gases is a sign of a healthy digestive system, excess gas in the body is not a good sign and can also be uncomfortable.
Certain foods have natural digestive enzymes that can be included in your diet. These include foods like pineapple, papaya, avocados.
Include natural probiotics like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc. in your regular diet. It will ensure better gut health and thus help prevent gas.
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CURE 3: Lifestyle Changes
While smoking, you inhale excess air that leads to gas. It is advisable to quit smoking if you have a problem with too much gas. Smoking is also harmful to one’s health, and it’s best to reduce or quit.
Start by reducing your daily consumption of cigarettes and eventually stop smoking for a better quality of life.
Quit Chewing Gum
Chewing gum, just like smoking, causes you to intake surplus air resulting in excess in your body. When you chew gum, you swallow more air. Some of these swallowed air releases from the body as farts.
Reduce the instances of chewing gum and eventually quit it.
Gas could be a result of various diet and habits, but it could also be the result of your lifestyle. Some people have weak abdominal walls that restrict the digestive function. Exercise to strengthen these walls can help with digestion and, thus, with gas.
Walking can also help with an easy movement of gases out of the body.
Develop a regular exercise routine for a healthier functioning of the gut and concentrate on exercises that strengthen the abdomen.
Did You Know?
- A person continues to fart even after death. As creepy as it sounds, it’s true.
- Even after a person is dead, the air continues to come out from both the ends of the body. Thus, a person can fart or burp even after being dead.
Even though passing gas is normal and is an indication of a healthy digestive system, its excess could be uncomfortable and embarrassing. The methods of how to prevent gas discussed here are helpful and effective.
However, if gases lead to symptoms like abdominal pain and excessive bloating, it is best to see a doctor at the earliest.
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1. When should you see a doctor?
If you have tried all the above-explained methods of how to stop gas and they’ve proven to be ineffective, it’s best to see a doctor. It is also advisable to consult a doctor if symptoms like abdominal pain and excessive bloating persist.
2. Is it harmful to stop farting?
One can try various methods of how to stop farting, but It is not advisable to hold a fart as it can lead to hemorrhoids or may escape via as uncomfortable fart.
3. How to get rid of smelly gas?
Smelly gas could be a result of food intolerances like gluten and lactose intolerance. It’s best to have it checked and avoid the consumption of these foods.