Flatulence Causes and Cures


Flatulence CausesExcessive flatulence can become a real problem in your life affecting your working day, your social time and your personal relationships. I know it used to be a big issue for me. To put it really simply, people don’t like being around people that fart too much.

I didn’t want to be one of those people anymore, so I looked into all of the causes of flatulence and then started researching the corresponding flatulence cures.

I found some quick remedies that would usually stop stomach gas and passing wind within hours. But it soon became clear that excessive flatulence is really just another symptom of larger problems with digestion and elimination. Problems that often only get worse and begin impacting our overall health and well being, leading to lack of energy, irritability, fatigue and even serious disease.

Four Main Flatulence Causes

General medical literature suggests most people pass wind on average around fourteen times a day. If you’ve got a problem with excessive flatulence you’ll know it can be much more frequent than that.

Scientists believe stomach gas and flatulence comes from four main sources. These flatulence causes are:

  • Swallowing excess air due to rushed eating or drinking, chewing gum, drinking carbonated drinks like soda or beer, and even as an unconscious habit, possibly associated with anxiety.
  • Gas diffusing into our intestines from our bloodstream.
  • Chemical reactions involved in digestion.
  • And the big one – bacterial fermentation of undigested foods, particularly certain carbohydrates, sugars and fiber, in the large intestine.

While swallowing excess air can cause discomfort with belching (burping) and abdominal bloating and stomach cramps, excessive flatulence (particularly those really smelly farts that have people holding their breath and looking around for the guilty party), is usually a sign of problems with digestion and an overgrowth or imbalance in the important intestinal bacteria.

Why Do Farts Smell?

Causes of Flatulence Most people would be surprised to learn that the vast majority of the flatus (does anyone else think this is a really silly name for it) is made up of five different gases – hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and oxygen – that are all completely odorless. Some estimates say these make up approximately 99% of flatulence gas.

Given this, why do farts often smell so bad? The terrible odor in some flatulence is due to the presence of sulfur containing compounds like hydrogen sulfide (the classic bad egg smell), mercaptans (more of a rotting cabbage smell) and organic compounds such as indole and skatole. All of these are produced by bacteria in the intestine and certain foods, particularly those rich in sulfur, may increase the production of these noxious gases.

Other foods like beans are high in certain carbohydrates that we cannot digest well, but that feed the bacteria in the lower intestine very well indeed, creating a lot of flatulence, but usually with less pungent results.

In still other cases, a certain type of food may be a big problem for some people and cause a lot of flatulence, yet others may eat or drink it all day without having problems. The lactose sugar in milk is a common example of this. People who are lactose intolerant will usually have a lot of flatulence, often foul-smelling as well, whenever they have too much dairy. Lactose intolerance is a far more prevalent problem than many people realize.

How Do You Cure Flatulence?

The occasional fart is normal but I’d bet most people reading this far feel their flatulence problem is far from normal. This site can help identify what’s causing the excessive flatulence and then provide the specific solution to help cure it.

Flatulence Cures is organized with posts detailing the various different flatulence causes, followed by the specific flatulence cures. There are quick flatulence remedies that you can use today to help with excessive stomach gas, abdominal bloating and farting too much. But ultimately, it’s improving your digestion that gives you the best chance of fixing a flatulence problem on a more permanent basis.

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James

 

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4 Responses to “Flatulence Causes and Cures”

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  1. sharon says:

    What is your opinion on digestive enzymes taken with meals? I have been using a broad range supplement that includes enzymes for proteins, starches, fats and dairy.

    • James says:

      Hi Sharon and thanks for your question. I’ve had problems accessing this site, hence my late reply sorry, but digestive enzymes are one of the next on my list to write about. Good broad range digestive enzymes can certainly help with digestion problems, including flatulence, and many people in online forums report extremely positive results with using them.

      All the best.

  2. Karen says:

    Is it possible that you lack or are shirt one of the digestive enzymes? I would like to take care of whatever this is. It is embarrassing and my whole family has done it/had it for years so I can only assume that we all have enzyme issues. Would probiotics work to help?

    • James says:

      Hi Karen and thanks for your question.

      Yes it’s quite possible that low digestive enzymes could be behind flatulence problems. Low stomach acid is also a likely candidate. Taking a digestive enzyme with pepsin for breaking down protein would likely be helpful, particularly if it’s really smelly flatulence that usually results from poor protein breakdown. Probiotics are good to take for intestinal health but may have more benefits from regular but less odorous flatulence.

      I’ll be writing more on all of this in future articles soon.

      Hope this helps.

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