When we consume food by drinking or eating along with our saliva, we also swallow little amounts of air which then gets accumulated in our gut. Also, there are gases in our digestive system such as nitrogen and oxygen. Even we digest food, gases such as hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide too are released.
Interestingly, sulfur gases and mercaptans in the mixture of gases that we pass out of the body will add bad smell to farts.
Process of how flatulence
As you can understand by looking at below steps, when we eat in larger amounts or eat wrong foods in a wrong manner, the food doesn’t get digested properly and rots inside our digestive system where the bacteria acts upon them releasing unpleasant gases.
Flatulence occurs when a food does not break down completely in the stomach and small intestine.
As a result, the food makes it into the large intestine in an undigested state. For example, if you are "lactose intolerant," it means that you lack an enzyme (lactase) in your intestine -- the enzyme that breaks lactose apart into two sugar molecules so they can enter the bloodstream.
Without lactase, lactose passes undigested through the stomach and small intestine and arrives in the large intestine.
There, the lactose meets up with billions of hungry bacteria -- the natural "intestinal fauna" we all have in our large intestine. These bacteria are happy to digest lactose. They produce a variety of gases, in much the way that yeast produces carbon dioxide to leaven bread. Gases such as methane, hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide are common gases that these bacteria produce. Hydrogen sulfide is the source of the odor we associate with flatulence.
Best 5 remedies to cure flatulence
Diet and exercise go hand in hand and in order to regulate not only excessive flatulence but also any other health complaints. Therefore, it is very important that healthy options are chosen if we want to look after ourselves and maximise the performance of our bodies.
1) Lookout for gassy foods in your diet
Best remedy for flatulence treatment is to avoid foods that are known to cause excessive gas. People respond differently to each food based on their body condition and therefore you should know whether below foods are not good for you before avoiding them.
- Brussels sprouts
- Milk and other dairy products
- Fatty meats
- Fried foods
- Beans and other legumes
- Wheat and wheat bran
- Cream sauces as well as gravies
- Sugar substitutes
As said above, not all but many people cannot absorb sorbitol contained in sugar-free products, so check it yourself. Also, diary products can cause gas if you are lactose intolerant or have lesser amounts of the enzyme called lactase needed to digest dairy products.
2) After-meal foods to aid digestion
You can help food digestion by consuming certain foods after the meal which will aid in digestion. Having a small walk after the meal will be of great help for better food digestion. You can also try few remedies such as the ones below:
- Have some tea like peppermint tea, anise tea, spearmint tea, chamomile tea or caraway tea after meals to cure farting due to flatulence.
- Cut ginger into fine slices. Soak these ginger slices in lemon juice and store in an air tight container. Chew one or two pieces of this after every meal. It cures gas.
- Mix a teaspoon of honey and a drop of dill oil. Take this after every meal to treat flatulence.
- Take equal amounts of pepper, dry ginger and green cardamom seeds. Grind them to make their powder. Have ½ to 1 tsp of this dry mixture after mixing it with some water after every meal.
3) Eat more of ginger recipes
Ginger needs a special mention for its well known digestive capabilities.
You can take it in food, or ideally as a strong tea, helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. The ideal time to drink ginger tea would be just before a big meal or having a small cup of it while eating.
4) Yoga postures for flatulence cure
You may be surprised to know that Yoga has well defined postures that will help to kick the gas out of your stomoch. Best among them is Pawan Muktasana Yoga which means "wind-relieving pose".
Benefits of Pawan Muktasana Yoga include:
- Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
- Tones the leg and arm muscles
- Massages the intestines and other organs in the abdomen
- Helps in digestion and release of gas
- Enhances blood circulation in the hip joints and eases tension in the lower back
5) Checklist: Are you eating food in proper manner?
It is not just enough to eat healthy foods, you also need to eat them properly. Consider below points about your food habit.
- Do not have water half an hour before and after meals. This interferes into proper digestion of food.
- Do not have cold drinks just after meals. If you need to have something then have warm healthy liquids such as certain herbal teas (like anise tea, chamomile tea, spearmint tea, and caraway tea). Hot water or liquids help in digestion thus eliminating even the bad gases.
- Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly so that all of what you eat gets digested. Do not gulp your food.
- Avoid junk food and have healthy diet complete with fiber rich fruits and vegetables. Fibers are the great way to digest food. Indigestion leads to formation of smelly gases.
- Avoid sulphur rich foods like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, yeast-laden foods such as breads, cheese and even carbonated drinks.
- Eat in small bites because larger bites will need you to open your mouth wide which leads to more swallowing of air. Also, larger bites mean more saliva produced while chewing and more saliva means more bubbles that trap air which goes into your system.