Flatulence Causes and Cures


Bloating and GasExcessive 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 an 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 and natural remedies that would usually stop bloating and gas in short time. 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 your overall health and well being, leading to lack of energy, irritability, fatigue and even serious disease.

4 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.

While swallowing excess air can cause discomfort with belching, abdominal bloating and stomach cramps, excessive flatulence (particularly those really smelly farts), is often a sign of problems with digestion and an overgrowth or imbalance in the important intestinal bacteria.

Why Do Farts Smell?

Better smelling flatulenceMost 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 virtually 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 sensitive will usually have a lot of flatulence, often foul-smelling as well, whenever they have too much dairy. Lactose sensitivity 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 some quick flatulence remedies that you can use today to help with intestinal 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.

All content on this site can be accessed from the categories at the top and search bar on the right. Wishing everyone reading this more healthiness and much less windiness in future.

James

Photo 1 credit with thanks: Little Li / Photo 2 credit with thanks: T.MoE 

 

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sharon

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.

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James

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.

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Karen

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?

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James

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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ruth

I use digestive enzymes (plant based) and haave not found any help – very bad trapped wind in last 3 weeks causing BAD pain at night and little sleep affecting my life – eat healthily & no beans or onions. Can you help?
RVF

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Vittalanand

Wide discussions have been made about flatulence and carbo hydrates causing them due to two causes.One is due to fermentation of Carbs and another is the effect of bacteria inside large or small intestines.But I am a pure vegetarian and the only non-veg I take is milk and milk products such as curd, Ghee etc. I have been diagnosed with arterial fibrillation and given amolodipine and Telmisartan. I am also being given asprin and Atrovastatin. I have irresistive odorless gas passing at intervals of at most every 30 minutes except while sleeping.(I do not know/aware if I discharge gas in sleep also.) It is discussed in the forum that carbohydrates cause gas when taken inlarge. I would like to know which Indian vegetables cause flatulence so that I may avoid them. But I may add as an Indian,my prime food is rice.

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James

Hi there,

This article has details on the main vegetables that cause gas https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas and this one has more on why the lactose in milk causes flatulence for many people https://flatulencecures.com/lactose-sensitivity-why-milk-causes-gas

The ghee and rice are less likely to be culprits but you could try eliminating one potential culprit like milk from your diet for a week and seeing if this helps.

All the best,

Jim

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James

Hi Ruth,

There are a lot of potential causes of flatulence and the articles on this site cover many of them. A big one that affects many people is milk and it might be worth seeing if you are experiencing the symptoms described here https://flatulencecures.com/lactose-sensitivity-why-milk-causes-gas

All the best,

Jim

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April

Hi James,

I’ve recently changed my carbohydrates intake in favor of sweet potatoes (bec. I’m trying to shape up my muscles & lose weight). And because of this, I’ve farted too much (say more than the 14x a day average). Also, I’ve noticed that the gas I’m releasing smells really gross (rotten egg gross). Do you think it’s because of my shift in carbs? Please do know that here in Asia, our primary source of carbs is white rice & bread.

Hoping you could help me on this.

Thanks!

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Mary

Could eating lots of egg be the cause of smelly flatulence? I changed my son’s diet recently to exclude rice and potatoes from his diet. I gave him a lot of meat, soup, vegetables (carrots pumpkin and some brocolli) and lots more eggs. Since he started on this diet, his fart becomes so bad and often.

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James

Hi Mary,

Eggs, while healthy, do contain sulfur compounds that could increase hydrogen sulphide, a common cause of smelly flatulence. The broccoli too could have a role in this https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas

I’d hesitate to say stop using these healthy foods. Perhaps a bit less while using some of these effective remedies https://flatulencecures.com/effects-of-peppermint-tea https://flatulencecures.com/ginger-tea-benefits-digestion https://flatulencecures.com/using-fennel-seeds-gas-cramps-bloating

Hope this helps,

Jim

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James

Hi April,

This article goes into the vegetables responsible for smelly gas https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas Sweet potatoes aren’t usually considered too much of a problem but if you suspect them you could try having them with fennel seeds which help prevent gas https://flatulencecures.com/using-fennel-seeds-gas-cramps-bloating

Hope this helps,

Jim

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Ann Rehm

Hi thanks Iwas on a all oorganic food s many years ago had to come off when I had personally issue will now I am have a load of health issue I don’t eat out no fry food no salads which I miss I changed my way I eat my meal I try two have good breakfast and good lunch then eat a yogurt which has helped a lot then I found yogurt ice cream so I make a shake when I get off work if I am hungry sweet potato carrot s red potato it all depends on how my stomach is the first two weeks I was real stricted and lost five pounds now that I am sleeping better Iam trying hard to do the right things some times we are stupefied think its ok when its not Iwould wake up with pain like you wouldn’t believe Ijust need refresh course sorry so long thanks again

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Doug Bralsford

I’ve sourced this site as I’m researching why I pass wind so much; generally every 15 minutes, and whilst generally soundless (I’ve practised a lot!) not smelling, when they happen they often do at the worst possible moment! Like when my fiancé gives me a cuddle; she is used to this but at one point considered breaking up with me…serious stuff. I live a 90% whole food organic diet with occasional animal protein, milk in coffee once a day (cappuccino) with no chocolate and otherwise consume large amounts of filtered water and tea. I do vape.

This brief of my lifestyle shows how I’d like most people to live as I’m fortunate to be engaged to a Holistic Weight Coach (look her up on http://www.tamsenenglish.com), but the flatulence remains a huge issue; within my diet I consume large amounts of sauerkraut (home made) – a great probiotic along with prebiotics (also home made) and wondered if there were any answers from this site. Many thanks….

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Jim

Hi Doug,

There are a lot of potential causes of this and I’ll admit the site hasn’t addressed all of them yet. Sauerkraut is a great probiotic and should be much better for gas than regular cabbage but may still cause problems in larger amounts https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas

I’m currently working on a comprehensive program that addresses the causes and natural treatments of bad gas in detail. It should be ready by October on this site.

All the best,

Jim

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Mary

Hi, I also have flatuence issues, it’s so embarrassing and I’m ashamed of it, I’ve been having this issue for four yes now, I normally happens frequently after my bowel movement, I have my bowel every day. After that its like my anus opens and I release a foul smelling gas. Can being on empty stomach, but drinking water reduce it.

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DRASEL

odorless farts = colon cancer

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Jim

Hi Mary,

Keeping well hydrated can help but it’s usually specific foods or drinks like gas causing vegetables https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas , milk lactose https://flatulencecures.com/lactose-sensitivity-why-milk-causes-gas or even ones that interfere with proper digestion like coffee https://flatulencecures.com/coffee-digestion

I’d recommend cutting out each individually for a week and see if it improves your symptoms.

All the best,

Jim

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Ibraheem k Aljayeh

Hi James, I’ve taken a look at a few of your articles and I absolutely have to say you’re defining all my gastrointestinal problems to the dot. I just wanted to say thank you and to let you know how beneficial these articles are to me. My only question is this: How is it you came across these vital answers? Most gastroenterologists that I’ve run into don’t even seem to know HALF of what you do, so, I’m curious to know how you came across these answers because this is completely life-changing for me considering how these issues have literally affected almost every aspect of my life and still do oftentimes.

Thank you!

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Jim

Hi Ibraheem and thanks for your positive comments.

I think the answers are out there in the research and the authoritative leaders writings on particular topics. What I try and do with the articles on this site is distill this into more readable and actionable articles. I’m very glad it’s been helpful for you and others who have written in and wish you all the best for continuing improvement.

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Marty Samuel Miller

Greetings,
Curiously, when I consume high levels of panax ginseng with other sugars and starches I experience unusually odoriferous and voluminous flatulence. In my little quest to fix this issue, I have noticed that nutmeg and allspice are very helpful, especially all spice. I have had success taking about a tablespoon of un-ground allspice, chewing it up and swallowing it with water. I would be careful using nutmeg, as consuming too much nutmeg will come with seriously insalubrious effects.

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Jim

Hi Marty and thanks for the info on nutmeg and allspice. I’d imagine they have similar volatile oils to fennel seeds https://flatulencecures.com/using-fennel-seeds-gas-cramps-bloating

All the best,

Jim

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C

What brand of digestive enzymes and probiotics would you recommend?

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Tia

Hey James I have a very extreme flatulence condition.This has been happening for years now.It’s very strange how it happens though,the sound comes out without signaling me and it always happen when I’m around people.It has caused me great distress and has really affected my diet.I can’t eat properly and as a result I get more flatulence.Please recommend what I can use to ease this.Thanks in advance

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Jim

Hi Tia,

That’s what I’ve written the articles on this site about.

I’d suggest starting with https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas https://flatulencecures.com/lactose-sensitivity-why-milk-causes-gas and https://flatulencecures.com/hidden-costs-poor-protein-digestion

For remedies you could read https://flatulencecures.com/how-to-use-activated-carbon-flatulence https://flatulencecures.com/ginger-tea-benefits-digestion https://flatulencecures.com/what-is-fennel-tea-good-for but it’s only through individual testing that you’ll know what works best for you.

For more of a complete system please see this page https://flatulencecures.com/go/3-little-known-factors-damage-digestion-a

All the best,

James

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JayS

I’ve figured I have some problems with dairy products but I can’t figure what’s the main reason of my over-farting(farting too much) before bed and between my sleep example: I can fall asleep normal. Then wake up at a random time to pee then for some reason I would swallow my own saliva and have this air sensation in my stomach like is filling up with AIR. Then I begin to fart and that’s when my problem start, I cant fall back to sleep because is so uncomfortable and my farts smell bad like bad gas. Earlier I had ice-cream and some pasta with Chicken and a bit of cheese in it.

It has been that way for the past few days then randomly stops. I can’t put together wether if is the dairy on some of dessert I eat something I drink or my daily meals. And what can I drink or eat as remedy to make go away ?

Im 27 yrs old Male, please help me out. Thank you

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Jim

Hi Jay,

I would suspect a bad reaction to the icecream, particularly if you’ve already eaten dairy during the day. This article has more on why https://flatulencecures.com/lactose-sensitivity-why-milk-causes-gas

Ideally eliminate dairy products for a week and see if your symptoms don’t improve dramatically. If not I would still keep them out in the following week and also eliminate as many of the other likely culprits here https://flatulencecures.com/flatulence-causes/ until your symptoms stop. Then as you reintroduce food types one at a time you should be able to pinpoint the problem.

All the best,

Jim

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Hazel

Hi Jim,

Can you suggest some anti-flatulence breakfast menu? I really don’t know what to eat anymore, since I heard from other patients that bread and cereal increase flatulence, however, I don’t really have time to cook in the morning. Thank you.

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Ashley Maxwell

I really like how you said that flatulence is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when you are digesting food. Thanks for mentioning how even drinking soda can cause it. My sister is looking into odor eliminating flatulence meds; I’ll pass this post on to her.

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Bharti Ranchod

HI can u help I have lots of flatulence from complex carbs and many fruits and lentils. Pls email me if u can help

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Jim

Hi Bharti,

These 2 articles can help with this https://flatulencecures.com/vegetables-that-cause-gas and https://flatulencecures.com/fruits-that-cause-gas

All the best,

Jim

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Jim

Hi Hazel,

Yes cereals, but even more likely milk, can cause digestive problems https://flatulencecures.com/lactose-sensitivity-why-milk-causes-gas

Some of the low gas fruits at the end of this article are a good choice https://flatulencecures.com/fruits-that-cause-gas

Hope this helps,

Jim

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