We’ve all blamed it on others or been stuck in a moment where our flatulence has embarrassed us. Farting is something that naturally occurs with all human beings, so you’re not alone. On average we fart at least 14 times per day. Yes, some of us may pass gas a little more than others, but in this class you will learn how to stop farting so you can avoid the embarrassment or the frequent exits from the room.
Before we can go into how to stop farting and flatulence you need to understand why we fart, break wind or pass gas. There are several factors that can can cause increased farting including:
- Eating certain foods
- Lactose intolerance
- An over abundance of bacteria in your colon
- Swallowing too much air
Why Farts Smell Really Bad
Imagine what it would smell like if you took what you ate every day and through it in your garbage. Welcome to the world of your stomach. Farts do contain some odorless gases such as nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. This is why farts will smell different or sometimes if your lucky, not at all. However, they also contain gases like methane and hydrogen sulfide which can smell up a whole room.
The types of gases produced are usually a result of what we put in our body. Vegetarians tend to produce less hydrogen sulfide than meat-eaters resulting in a less potent gas. The higher the sulfur content in the foods you eat, the more sulfide and mercaptans you will produce during digestion resulting in stinkier farts.
How to Control Farting
Most of us would like to learn how to stop farting for good, but in reality we can only try to limit or control farting. A great tip to start with is take your time while eating and make sure to chew your food well like your mother told you growing up. The natural enzymes in your saliva will help begin to break down your food helping limit the amount of work the bacteria in your intestines have to do. Next you should limit or avoid certain foods that are more likely to cause methane and hydrogen sulfide during the digestion process.
The following is a list of foods that are more likely to cause farting.
Carbonated beverages are more likely to cause gas. Those little air bubbles in soda may tingle and feel nice on the way down but they have only one way out. The same goes for beer, so you may want to lay off the PBR.
Sugars such as lactose, sorbitol, and fructose are more likely to cause gas. Avoiding sugar overall will not only help with stopping gas but will help you maintain a healthier weight. You can’t avoid all sugars but eliminating the ones in things like candy bars and sodas is a great start.
Starches are another common source for intestinal gas. Starches or polysaccharides are produced by plants and are primarily made up of fructose. Common sources of starch include, oats, potatoes, wheat, corn, and rice. Rice is the most easily digested starch resulting in very little gas during the digestion process. In contrast, potatoes, oats and wheat are more likely to reach the colon resulting in a larger volume of gas production.
Simethicone can help prevent gas or bloating. Companies like Gas-X create a chewable or gel pill that contains simethicone to help prevent gas and bloating. Simethicone decreases the surface tension of gas bubble causing them to combine allowing them to pass easier. Although these products won’t prevent gas formation, they can help relieve the pain or bloating feeling caused by gas.
If you properly adjust your diet to limit these types of foods you will be able to control or limit the amount that you fart.
When Should You Consult a Doctor
Excessive farting or flatulence can be a sign of a more serious health problem. Appendicitis, gull stones, irritable bowel syndrome and many other health problems can lead to an increase in flatulence. If you have tried the natural methods to stop farting that we have discussed with no success I encourage you to consult a physician.
Farting can be embarrassing at times but realize that you’re no different than anyone else and that it is a natural process. Following the tips provided will decrease the amount of gas produced helping you to stop farting. If you still happen to slip while you’re in a group and become embarrassed, just blame it on someone else.