I, like many others who suffer from an excessive amount of digestive gas, have searched for various ways on how to stop farting.
At that point in my life, I had frequent bloating and flatulence, caused by excess gas in my gastrointestinal tract, which I had a difficult time concealing from my coworkers. All of my professional life I have worked in an office in close proximity to others. So, as my gassy condition did not improve, my work environment became extremely uncomfortable.
It was so bad that I was not always able to get to the bathroom or go outside to expel the extra gas. Most of the time I tried to pretend that it was someone else, but eventually it became obvious to everyone that I had a problem. I had even overheard one of my male coworkers referring to me as “the stinky one."
It was then that I noticed that my gassy outbursts had become too severe and too frequent to ignore any longer. I needed to get help on how to stop farting fast. I swallowed my pride and took the issue to my doctor. She only smiled a little bit when I related how frustrated I was with my excess flatulence, and how it was affecting my relationships at work. Then, in all seriousness, she impressed on me the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly.
Also, just to rule out any additional causes of excess gas in my GI tract, she ran a few tests, which all came back normal. In other words, there was nothing wrong with me, I was just producing too much gas. So, my physician did not write me a prescription for anything, because she believed that the most likely source of my gassy condition came from the quality of my diet and my sedentary lifestyle.
That is when it truly hit me, she couldn’t help me. I needed to make a serious lifestyle change, if I was ever going to get any better. It also occurred to me that if I continued eating fast food and not exercising, then I might develop more serious health problems than excessive gas.
Therefore, I strengthened my resolve, to live a different, healthier, and better life. I needed to find out as much as I possible about excess gas and my condition. I wanted to know why it was happening and how I could prevent it from continuing. I threw myself into research mode, and read every article and book on the subject about how to stop farting that I could get my hands on.
In the process, I discovered quite a bit about my body and myself. Every time I learned something new that applied to me, something that I could change, I was ecstatic. Then, I would feel bummed out when I realized that I had been living my life all wrong for so many years. It turned into an intense emotional rollercoaster.
Still, I continued to investigate what led to my condition, because I truly wanted to alleviate the bloating and gas. Or, at the very least make myself a little healthier. Then after a couple of weeks of trial and error, I finally learned the fundamentals of managing my gassiness.
I decided to record the results from all of my research so others might benefit from all that I learned, and not have to go through the painstaking process of the trial and error. Not to mention, all of the socially awkward moments, farting or belching in public, while they are getting their flatulence under control. I hope that this information will help to speed the process along, even for just a few suffering from excessive gassiness.
Why do we have gas, anyway? Intestinal gas, or flatus, is generated during the digestive process in the gastrointestinal tract. The flatus has to either escape through the mouth, by burping/belching, or out of the rectal cavity, by passing gas/farting. When this gas is produced in the intestines, it is actually odorless. The pungent odor comes from bacteria, naturally inhabiting the digestive tract. Many people don’t know that the digestive tract is home to billions of live bacteria.
The body’s digestive tract is something like a battleground, where the good bacteria and bad bacteria are fighting to take over. The natural flora (good bacteria) in the stomach and intestines help keep yeast and other destructive microorganisms (bad bacteria) from experiencing a population explosion.
So, why does passing gas produce such an offensive smell sometimes? This is usually caused by the sulfuric byproducts of the natural flora breaking down the foodstuffs in the GI tract. The digestive process produces gas, so an occasional fart is simply unavoidable.
The average person passes gas or burps approximately 14 times every day. For gassiness to be considered excessive, a person would have to burp or fart more than 15 times a day.
If you feel that you fall into this category, then you should take a close look at your life and try to figure out what is causing the extra gas. Once you have identified the source of the extra flatulence, then you can take steps to change your lifestyle, to address the problem, and hopefully prevent it from coming back.
By addressing the root causes of excess flatulence, then we can separate the cases where gassiness can be treated at home, and when to see the doctor. It is extremely important to make sure there is no further health issue, other than too much intestinal gas production.
Causes of Gassiness
Most instances of excess flatulence are caused by the food that we consume. It is common knowledge that certain foods can cause gas, beans for example, are well known to produce a little extra wind. On the other hand the majority of the population does not know that there are far more foods that can lead to additional digestive gases.
Dietary Contributors of Flatulence
Foods high in cellulose are difficult for humans to fully digest. Cellulose is a structural component of plant cell walls, and is made up of linear polysaccharide chains. Our digestive tracts are far too short to completely break down polysaccharides. And, partially digested food is a leading contributor to flatulence. Which means, we can safely say that foods high in polysaccharides, will lead to flatulence, especially in people who are prone to gassiness.
Polysaccharide rich foods include:
Root vegetables – onions, scallions, garlic, etc.
Green vegetables – broccoli, sprouts, and cabbage
All of these foods contribute to gas and bloating in humans, as well as causing stronger smelling flatulence than other foods that contribute to digestive gases. If your flatulence problem is accompanied by a particularly unpleasant smell, then it is entirely possible that one of these foods could be causing the excess gas, or possibly a similar food, like cauliflower or any of the other “cruciferous vegetables."
As you can see, there are a number of foods that can contribute to a flatulence problem, many of which may frequently end up a part of your evening meal. With that in mind, when you notice that your gassiness is worse on a particular day than it is normally, then you may want to think about what you ate the day before. In other words, if you have eaten any of these foods that are difficult for your body to digest, then you may have additional flatulence the following day or days. This is because your body is working harder to break the food down, and in doing so, it creates more gas in your gastrointestinal tract.
Therefore, when you have an increase in your gassiness level, but so much that you become concerned with your health, then you may want to consider keeping a food diary. A diary will help you keep track of what you are eating and can give you clues as to which foods correlate with the additional gas.
A food diary will also help you to determine if you think that the extra flatulence is tolerable, since you will know what triggers the added gas and you can be prepared for the additional flatulence. On the other hand, you may decide that the excess gas is too much to bear and you can adjust your diet accordingly. Everyone is unique, and their bodies handle various types of food differently, which is why you and your friend eat the exact same thing, but only you get the extra gas.
Frequently, individuals who suffer from lactose intolerance, also suffer from excessive gas production during digestion. Whenever these individuals consume dairy products, like milk, yogurt, butter, and cheese, the bacteria in their GI tract will breakdown the lactose from the dairy foods, and produce additional amounts of gas.
So, those with lactose intolerance can frequently find relief from their gassy symptoms when they modify their diet to contain as little dairy as possible, usually substituting their dairy favorites with products made with goat’s milk or soy, as they do not produce the effect.
So, if you are eating a diet containing the right foods, leading a relatively low stress life, and exercising regularly, then most likely your flatulence is a side effect of a separate condition or illness. This issue is something that should be addressed, because one would have to manage the condition before the excessive gassiness can be cured. Normally, these types of gas producing health conditions are connected to the body’s digestive system.
For instance, flatulence can be caused by constipation. Which may come as a surprise, since constipation is one of the symptoms of constipation is the lack of waste exiting the rectum. Still, constipation doesn’t necessarily mean that a person will not pass or need to pass fecal material. Most of the time, those that suffer from this condition can defecate a few times a week. It is also common, during elimination, that feces remains in the colon even after a trip to the bathroom, which can contribute to flatulence.
Diet and stress can contribute to constipation, but they are not the only factors that can cause constipation. Sometimes constipation does not have an obvious cause, and is a symptom of a bigger health condition. And, just like when flatulence isn’t the only health issue, home remedies may temporarily alleviate the suffering, but should be used cautiously and not as a complete solution to your problem.
Factors that lead to constipation can vary, anything from quitting smoking, as nicotine has a laxative effect, to neural disorders, and even something as serious as colon cancer. Which means, it is very important to treat any unexplained instance of constipation seriously and visit your doctor, as flatulence may be an early warning sign of a serious illness.
Conditions like IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and a spastic colon can lead to additional flatulence. Unfortunately, not all of the possible causes of IBS are completely clear, even to physicians. Though, it is generally prevalent in those who have just recovered from a serious gastrointestinal infection.
Also, IBS is far more likely to affect young individuals who suffer from depression or anxiety, and those who have a fever. Studies of the condition currently suggest that psychological factors play a major role in the development of IBS, but researchers are continuing to look for a more definite cause.
Several times other health conditions coincide with IBS, which is known as “comorbidity." Comorbidity defined as the existence of one or more diseases, or disorders, at the same time. Comorbidity often occurs with greater frequency in patients with specific illnesses. The additional condition can be a behavioral, physical, or mental disorder.
In addition to depression and anxiety, IBS is known to be associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, endometriosis, and others. Since there is so much trouble defining the root cause of IBS, and that it so often presents itself with other diseases, then it can be extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. Even with the advancements of modern medicine, there is no known cure for IBS and you can only treat the symptoms, to alleviate some of the discomfort.
Which means that if you have excessive flatulence, accompanied by constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal discomfort and pain, then there is a possibility that you are experiencing IBS. Not to mention all of the illnesses that are commonly known to accompany the condition, it is wise to talk to your doctor about your concerns.
An early diagnosis of GI issues can avoid a number of future problems. Remember that a hasty identification can lead to a misdiagnosis. So, in order to prevent this kind of mistake, it is imperative to communicate with your physician to ensure that they can rule out any other potential diagnoses.
Other conditions that are well known to be connected with excessive gassiness are lactose intolerance and Celiac Disease. These conditions are associated with an intolerance or allergy to certain types of food. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the body’s ability to process gluten.
Gluten is a protein often found in foods that contain wheat, rye, and barley, like breads and pastas. The major problem with celiac disease, beyond all of the discomfort, is that there are so many foods that contain wheat, barley, and rye. It can be hard to modify your diet to manage celiac disease.
So, those with gluten intolerance have an uphill battle of finding foods that are appropriate to eat. Some gluten-free options include:
Many types of beans
These foods should not cause any problems. However, it is of utmost importance for those with celiac disease to watch out for foods that use gluten proteins as a refining product. This is particularly prevalent in convenience foods. Typically, manufacturers who do this will label the packaging of the product, statin whether or not it contains gluten, similar to the warnings for those with nut allergies. Some like “This product may contain wheat, nuts, and soy."
Lactose intolerance is yet another condition that is commonly associated with excess flatulence. Generally, intolerance to dairy foods is pretty noticeable. The symptoms typically include abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. So, if you are having these types of problems regularly, then it could be helpful to think about what you ate just before the symptoms started. If it happens around the time you consume dairy products then you may have lactose intolerance.
With any of the underlying conditions the best way to help you find some relief and to help your doctor with a diagnosis, is to find a common factor. This could be like experiencing heightened symptoms after eating the same food, or foods. In these cases, eliminating the specific foods from your diet will lessen your symptoms.
Though, it is definitely worth discussing any of your concerns with your physician. And, if you are keeping a food diary, then you can inform your doctor which foods appear to be causing your discomfort.
Solution to the Gassiness
Most of the treatments for flatulence are originally designed to treat constipation. The logic behind this is that if you have issues with excessive gassiness, then you are most likely experiencing problems with your digestion.
The fastest, and most potent, way of treating digestive issues is with laxatives. Still, laxatives don’t just affect flatulence, they also encourage defecation.
Every action has a reaction, and it is important to know what you are getting into that way you will know whether the reaction to your action is worthwhile or not. So if you are looking to treat your flatulence with laxatives, then their effect on your body could end up doing more harm than good in the long run.
This means that when thinking of your long-term health, natural flatulence reducing solutions are the ideal way to cure a farting problem. Natural remedies are widely known to have fewer side effects than drugstore products.
Something like a dietary and lifestyle change may be inconvenient, but it has the potential to have a more sustainable effect than those “quick-fix" type of solutions. Also, this is likely only to cause a temporary adjustment period while you get used to the new lifestyle, not permanent damage to your body, as over the counter laxatives are likely to cause.
With that in mind, it is best to take a holistic approach when looking for methods to cure excessive flatulence. This is mainly because the extra gassiness can be accompanied by another condition. So, curing the flatulence will mean that you will also have to cure the other digestive issue.
This record is geared to providing ways to treat, and even cure, flatulence naturally. We approach this by making sure that the digestive system is working properly.
Now, here are five natural remedies to treat excessive flatulence…
How to Stop Farting #1: Herbal Tea Remedies
This first home remedy is a simple and natural tea recipe. It will help soothe away most minor digestive ailments, and it can be used to relieve flatulence as often as necessary. You can find the ingredients in just about any supermarket, herbal store, or online.
1 oz. Chamomile
1 oz. Peppermint leaves
1 oz. Crushed caraway seeds
1 oz. Crushed fennel seeds
In order to mix the ingredients properly, you will need at least one ounce of each item, though you can use more or less, as long as there are equal amounts of each ingredient in the blend. Ideally, when you are making the tea, you only have to make it as strong as you prefer the taste.
Though, for the best results you should use approximately one heaping teaspoon of the herbal concoction. Pour one cup of boiling water over the mixture and allow it to steep for about ten minutes. Then, strain the herbal ingredients with a tea strainer or sieve, and drink the tea.
If this tea is taken correctly, then it will help push air out of the intestines, and in doing so reduce the amount of noisy flatulence produced by the body. This tea also helps reduce the number of instances of constipation and other digestive issues, including clearing up the root cause of your flatulence.
Another type of tea that can help with your digestive issues is one with chamomile and yarrow. It is very gentle on your GI tract, and it will help to reduce the amount of bloating that you are experiencing. This simple recipe requires:
1 and a half ounces of Yarrow
1 and a half ounces of Chamomile blossoms
In order to make this tea you need to pour one full cup of hot water over the herbal mixture and allow it to steep for only five minutes before you strain it.
This tea is particularly effective when you feel extremely full after meals, a feeling that can come from slower moving bowels. The herbal combination of this tea works to lessen those symptoms gently, and doesn’t put too much additional stress on your digestive system.
How Herbal Teas Help:
These teas help to manage bowel movements, as well as decrease the amount of gas production in the digestive tract, thus reducing the loud, smelly flatulence. It may be worth it for you to buy a small amount of each of the ingredients and make up herbal mixtures for both teas.
This way whenever your digestive symptoms arise, you will be able to treat them quickly and efficiently, balancing your digestive system again. Not to mention, if you happen to like the taste of these teas, then it can be beneficial to drink them regularly, and improve your digestion overall.
How to Stop Farting #2: Nutritious Seeds for Healthy Bowels
FLAX SEEDS are high in fiber and have high levels of omega 3 fatty acids. Also, there have been a few studies that suggest flax seeds can reduce inflammation, as well as lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Not to mention, the nutty flavor can be a pleasant addition to many foods.
Purchase ground flaxseeds, or you grind whole seeds yourself.
Add the flaxseed powder to your oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, salads, or virtually any other food you want to give a little fiber boost.
Make sure to drink 8 cups of water every day, or the flaxseeds can cause constipation.
Start small, begin with just 1 teaspoon, and let your digestive system become accustomed to the additional fiber in your diet. Then, if you need it, you can gradually increase the amount of flaxseeds you consume.
Try to increase your intake to 2-4 tablespoons each day, or until you notice that your stools are regular.
In order to get all of the nutritional value of the flaxseeds, then you have to grind them up before you eat them. If not, the seeds will go right through your digestive tract whole and show up pristine in your stool.
WARNING: Flaxseeds have a high fat content, and because of this, they will go rancid very rapidly when stored improperly. So, it is wise to only purchase flaxseeds in refrigerated, opaque containers or hermetically sealed when possible. Never purchase flaxseeds from open bins or containers.
Freshly ground flaxseeds will have a slight nutty, while the ones that have turned rancid will smell bitter. Remember to always seal your flaxseeds, and store them in the refrigerator, especially if you don’t use them immediately.
Also, it is important to note that flaxseed powder becomes gummy when wet. So, if you use it as a salad topping, then you need to eat it immediately.
CHIA SEEDS are packed with vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. These tiny black seeds are jusy beginning to be consumed in North America, but the natives in South America have eaten these nutrient powerhouses for centuries.
Similar to flaxseeds, the chia seeds give you added nutrition when you add it to your food. However, you can eat the chia seeds whole, without having to grind them up first. They also keep better than flaxseeds, and won’t turn rancid as quickly as flaxseeds.
It is important to note that chia seeds and flaxseeds do not have DHA and EPA. This means that it can be a good idea to take a fish oil supplement to ensure these nutrient requirements are met.
Why It Helps:
Excessive flatulence can come from fecal material remaining in the colon too long. So, if you can eliminate the constipation and have at least one bowel movement a day, then the additional flatulence will stop.
Both the flaxseeds and the chia seeds are high in fiber, which will help cleanse your colon and eliminate the constipation. For instance, in just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, or 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds, there is approximately 4 grams of fiber. This is the same amount of fiber as a cup and a half of oatmeal.
The fibrous material in the seeds adds bulk to stools to help pass them out of the body. It also binds toxins and cholesterol and carries them out of the body with the waste.
WARNING: Taking these seeds can interfere with the body’s absorption of certain medications or supplements. Which means that if you choose to take flax or chia seeds, then you need to eat them well before you take any vitamins or prescription medicine. It is important to note, if you have diverticulosis you should not eat flaxseeds or chia seeds.
For the highest quality chia seeds, try to find chemical-free, organic seeds from reputable companies. These companies need to come from countries with high standards for food safety and quality.
These can be found in the US and conveniently online. High quality organic chia seeds are available from The Digestive Science®. These particular seeds are grown using sustainable farming in a natural environment.
The Organic Digestive Science® Chia Seeds are tested to guarantee that they meet high nutritional standards. Each batch is certified to be pure, clean, and chemical-free. The seeds are Organic Salvia Hispania Seeds, which means they are:
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How to Stop Farting #3: Natural Digestive Enzyme
Enzymes help break down your food in the digestive tract. Many women do not produce enough enzymes to fully break down their food.
This can happen for a variety of reasons, ranging from stress to damaged gut lining. The important thing is that bloating, excessive gas production, and constipation may all come from the insufficient enzyme production.
You can replace these missing enzymes by eating specific fruits containing papain and bromelain, or by taking an enzyme supplement. Pineapples are high in bromelain and papayas are rich in papain.
Purchase pineapple and/ or papaya from your local grocery store
Cut up fruit before consuming meals high in protein meals
Eat sliced fruit 15 – 30 minutes before your meal
Digestive Enzyme Supplements:
The enzymes are also available as a supplement. In the majority of cases, a comprehensive enzyme supplement is the most effective way to treat an inadequate enzyme supply. These supplements will help break down foods that are difficult for your body to digest, like foods high in fiber or fats. These are the same foods that can cause excessing gas production. So, you would want to use a supplement any time you are going to eat foods that make you gassy.
Make sure you select only the highest quality enzyme supplements. You should look for a natural digestive enzyme supplement, like those from Digestive Science®. Their Digestive Enzyme Renewal is formulated with essential enzymes needed to balance and support your digestive tract. You can order it online and they will ship it directly to your home.
It is a good idea for anyone with digestive issues to take a digestive enzyme supplement, as it will help balance your gut and help resolve your ailments. It is important to note that as you age your body becomes less efficient, and cannot produce as the same amount of the necessary enzymes and secretions as it once could.
When taking digestive enzyme supplements, it is a good idea to take the supplement 30-45 minutes before your meal for optimal digestion. In addition, digestive enzyme supplements can help manage food allergies.
Why Enzymes Help:
If you don’t have enough enzymes to break down your food completely, then your digestive system cannot absorb all of the nutrients it needs. Instead, the undigested food becomes fuel for the gut bacteria. As the bad gut bacteria “eats" the foodstuffs, it will produce a gaseous waste product and toxins that can damage the lining of your digestive tract. These waste products also reduce the ability of your body to pass waste through your gut.
Therefore, using fruit (pineapples and papayas) or an enzyme supplement to assist your body in breaking down food, then you can reduce the amount of gas and bloating, as well as encourage regular bowel movements.
How to Stop Farting #4: Feed the Good Bacteria
There is a thriving population of good bacteria in your body’s colon. This bacterial population is essential for a healthy and properly functioning colon. The major species of good bacteria inhabiting your colon are:
Sometimes, it is good to boost the population of good bacteria, to push out the bad bacteria in your gut. One way to do this is by eating cultured yogurt. The most effective way to boost the good bacteria with yogurt is to eat goat’s milk yogurt between meals. This type of yogurt costs a little bit more, but is worth it. You get several additional health benefits, while not having to worry about the dairy affecting your gut.
Try to find yogurt that has the bacterial culture added after it was pasteurized. Pasteurization kills bacteria, so if the good bacteria were added before the yogurt was pasteurized, then it is not going to help your digestion. For the best results, eat yogurt at least three times a week. You can add berries, raisins, flax seed oil, ground flaxseeds, or any other toppings to promote healthy bowel movements.
Another way to get the good bacteria into your gut is to take a probiotic supplement. These are available in liquid or pill form, and can be taken between meals with a full cup of distilled water. You shouldn’t take probiotics with food, as food will increase stomach acid production and this destroys the bacteria in the probiotic supplement.
The most effective probiotic supplements are the ones that have a few species of good gut bacteria that can survive passing through the digestive tract. This means that they will retain their potency when they reach your body’s colon. Unfortunately, not all brands succeed in meeting these criteria. It is best to do your homework, and find the best probiotic supplement available on the market.
One possibility is Bowtrol Probiotic. This probiotic supplement provides natural digestive care with no harmful, or uncomfortable, side effects (like excessive gas and bloating). Bowtrol Probiotic is designed to survive as it passes through acids and secretions in the stomach and digestive tract. This guarantees that it can deliver all of the promised benefits when it reaches your colon.
So, even after your excessive flatulence problem is cured, then it may be a good idea use probiotics to maintain your body’s population of the good bacteria. Your store of beneficial gut bacteria is reduced any time you are ill, stressed, overworked, or on certain kinds of antibiotics.
Therefore, keeping your body’s beneficial bacteria population up is always a good idea. This will also reduce the likelihood of having your flatulence problem coming back, and will promote a healthier lifestyle.
How to Stop Farting #5: Shiatsu Massage
Much like acupuncture, Shiatsu massage can help to relieve stagnation and congestion, as well as unblock energy channels. These energy blockages can be the cause of emotional and physical ailments.
In other words, if you have a blocked digestive meridian, like your stomach or large intestine, then this can lead to excessive flatulence and bloating. The Shiatsu massage stimulates pressure points along these meridians, which will relieve both the flatulence and bloating.
Pressure Points to Alleviate Flatulence and Bloating
There are a number of pressure points that you can use to decrease your flatulence and bloating. Once you locate the point, you should press it firmly for about one minute, and then release. Wait a few minutes, then if needed you can repeat the process.
In Shiatsu, there are three major points on your feet. When you apply pressure to these points, it will relieve your flatulence and bloating.
Cross one of your feet over the knee of the opposite leg, and use your thumb to locate the pressure point on your arch. It is about a finger’s width from the ball of your foot.
Hold this point for at least one minute, then release.
Repeat this for the other foot. This particular point it used to soothe an upset stomach, decrease gas, and stimulate circulation throughout the body.
Another pressure point to eliminate gas is found on the top of the foot, where the bones of the big and second toes meet.
Apply pressure here at least one minute, then release.
Repeat procedure on the other foot.
A pressure point to help with elimination is located three fingers up your shin bone.
Cross one of your feet over the knee of your opposite leg, and then use your index and middle finger to find this point.
Press down for one minute and release.
Then, repeat on other foot.
If you choose to follow the advice in this article, you may find that your flatulence is no longer ruling your life. You will still pass gas, but no more than the average person will.
Flatulence is a part of everyday life, but you shouldn’t be plagued with the frequent foul-smelling gas as before. You will no longer dread the company mixer or any other social engagement because you will be free of your excess gassiness. You will also have the knowledge of what to eat, and how to stop farting if the excessive flatulence comes back.
However, I would like to reiterate that if your flatulence persists, regardless of intervention attempts, or gets worse, then you should see your doctor, especially if you have other symptoms accompanying the gassiness. Even if it is just a precaution, you should make sure that your flatulence problem is not a symptom of a bigger health issue, one that may require immediate clinical treatment.
Remember that over-medicating any condition is dangerous. Therefore, it is wise to avoid doing this, as the consequences of underestimating your problem can be much worse.
I hope that this article helps you overcome your flatulence problem and leads you into a life of better digestion.