Here’s the thing; everybody passes gas. It’s a normal process that occurs and its as normal and quite annoying. The average human farts 10-20 times a day. Some farts are chronic and super discomforting but there are ways to minimize the stench and frequency.
A single passed gas consists mostly of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen. Flatulence contains sulphur which gives the bad and unpleasant smell. Once passed, it quickly dissipates into the air but there is some evidence that getting a whiff of the sulfur compounds in flatulence may prevent mitochondria damage and provide protection against illnesses like arthritis, stroke, and heart disease. Who would’ve thunk that smelling farts might actually be good for us?
The Causes of Gas
Aside the weird benefit of gas as stated above, it has some normal triggers that causes it’s existence:
Beans contain the carbohydrate galacto-oligosaccharide and fructans – sugars that are cannot be digested by the stomach and are quickly fermented by gut bacteria. The resulting gas may be unpleasant, but legumes are an excellent source of fiber and are actually very good for overall gut health.
Solution: Even though i might advise you to stay away from beans, some people actually love it so the best is to rinse the beans and soaking it before cooking. It helps eliminate the gas.
2.Milk or Dairy
If you are the type of person that gets gas anytime you consume and dairy product, then you are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance develops at any age. It’s defined as the inability for your stomach to fully digest lactose due to the absence of lactose enzymes in your body. Flatulence is one symptom, as are abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and nausea.
Solution: If you want to know if you are lactose intolerant, you need to see the doctor to perform hydrogen test. If diagnosed, dont worry. There are many options to choose from, such as rice, soy, almond, and camel milk.
3. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber, carbohydrates, and sulfur, like broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower because they are more difficult to digest. And because they contain the key ingredient (sulfur) for smell, eating these veggies often produces a foul stench.
Solution: Vegetables are the most healthy foods you’d ever know so I’d suggest you dont avoid them. Cook your vegetables well before you eat them. Also drink alot of water when eating veggies. Lastly eat them in small forms so they digest evenly.
4. Processed Foods
Processed foods are very high in fat or sugar; this making it very difficult to breakdown and digest
Solution: There is no solution to processed foods apart from avoiding them; which can be impossible so I suggest you limit the intake of processed foods
5. You’re Swallowing Air
Did you know that any time you eat or drink, you swallow about 10 milliliters of air. In a 24 hour period, 30 liters of swallowed air passes through the intestinal system. If not belched out, it becomes the stuff of passing gas.
Solution: Using drinking straws, chewing gum, eating too quickly, and drinking carbonated beverages only adds to the amount of air swallowed each day.
Being backed up is uncomfortable to say the least, and the longer it takes to empty the bowels, the more fermented things become in the intestine.
Solution: The causes of constipation can vary wildly, from dehydration to stress to hypothyroidism. Natural ways to get your bowels moving is eat more high fiber foods (prunes, figs, and leafy greens), get some exercise, and supplement your diet with cod liver oil, aloe vera juice, and flaxseed.
7. Changes to Microflora in the Gut
The kinds of bacteria that reside in the gut have far-reaching implications for overall health. The composition of these microbes can affect mood, cognition, body weight, immune function, and how easily and quickly you become fatigued. While each person’s gut flora is unique, a change in bacterial composition can lead to an increase in intestinal gas.
Solution: Eating more probiotic foods can help introduce beneficial bacteria to the digestive system. These include kefir, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar.
8. You Have Indigestion
If you often feel bloated, nauseous, or uncomfortably full after a meal, you might be suffering from indigestion. Eating spicy, fatty, and greasy foods is a common cause of indigestion – and your gut may be slower to break them down, resulting in an accumulation of sulfur, bacteria, or yeast in the digestive tract.
Solution: To give your digestive system a boost, try taking a plant-based digestive enzyme supplement, such as this one, before each meal. It will help the body process difficult to digest foods (thereby reducing gassy emissions) and allow your system to absorb the vital nutrients in food.
9. You’re Stressed
The mind and body are linked in intricate and mysterious ways, and the brain and gut are no exception. Feelings of anxiety and stress can cause your body to process foods too fast or too slow, which can result in excess gas. Unfortunately this can kick off a vicious cycle, where excessive gas further exacerbates anxiety and stress.
Solution: Take this anxiety quiz to help determine the root cause of your stresses. For a bit of relief, try these anxiety-easing foods and drinks, and essential oils.
10. Something More Serious
Sometimes excessive, stinky flatulence can be a sign that there’s something more serious going on. Bouts of gas that are accompanied by pain, bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue, or sudden weight loss could be indicative of irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, gastroenteritis, leaky gut syndrome, giardiasis, or another medical condition.
Solution: Many of these underlying conditions are entirely treatable so talk to your doctor about your symptoms to start the process of a diagnosis.
Author: Akwesi Osei
An avid reader and writer who has written articles for HypeNationGh, LoudsoundGh and akwesiosei.wordpress.com.
Currently the blogger and owner of The Health Bro