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WHAT CAUSES FLATULENCE? HOW WE CAN TREAT IT NATURALLY?

  • By Admin
  • 28 Jul 2017

Flatulence is commonly known as farting, passing the wind or having gas. It occurs when gas collects inside the digestive system and then released through the anus. It is a very common process. We all accumulate gas in our digestive system. It estimates that most people pass gas about 10 times a day. If on a regular basis, you pass wind more frequently than this, you could have excessive flatulence, which has a number of causes.

WHAT CAUSES FLATULENCE

  • Swallowing: It is a natural phenomenon to swallow air, normally during eating and drinking. If you frequently swallow more air, you may find that you experience excessive flatulence. It may also cause burping.
  • Foods that increase flatulence: Beans, cabbage, raisins, lentils, broccoli, apples and foods, high in fructose or sorbitol. These foods take a long time to digest, leading to flatulence. This means food passes to the colon from the intestine without being completely digested first.

HOW TO PREVENT FLATULENCE

Some foods that are less likely to cause gas include:

  • Eggs
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Vegetables such as lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes.
  • Fruits such as berries, cherries, avocado, cantaloupe, grapes, and olives
  • Carbohydrates such as gluten-free bread, and rice and rice bread,

HOW TO TREAT FLATULENCE WITH HOME REMEDIES

  • Look at your diet: Take such carbohydrates which are easy to digest, such as potatoes, rice, and bananas.
  • Keep a food diary: Always keep a tab on food, as you will get to know about the types of food which are to be avoided, leading to flatulence.
  • Eat less more: To maintain your digestive system, try to eat around 5-6 small meals a day instead of three larger ones.
  • Chew properly: Chew your food properly and avoid anything that may increase the amount of air you swallow.
  • Exercise: Doing exercise helps to promote digestion better and prevents flatulence.
  • Try over the counter medications: These include charcoal tablets that absorb gas through the digestive system, antacids, dietary supplements such as alpha-galactosidase (Beano)

WHEN TO CONSULT DOCTOR FOR FLATULENCE

  • Swollen abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe and persistent gas
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Blood in stool

DIAGNOSING FLATULENCE

  • Flatulence does not require a diagnosis unless it is leading to persistent abdominal pain and blood in stools.
  • A blood test may be required to ensure that your body isn't fighting an infection, to identify any possible food intolerances, and to make sure there is not another medical condition causing your flatulence.
  • Your doctor will likely advise you to change your food habits and seek a good dietician.
  • Apart from all this, you may receive medication for a specific condition.
  • There are no such long-term consequences for not treating flatulence. If flatulence is due to digestive problems, it may get worse. Prolonged excessive flatulence can affect your lifestyle and leads to social discomfort.

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So, it is advised to keep all these problems at bay by maintaining the healthy life style.