Why am I Farting and How Do I Stop?

During a meeting, while on a date… You always seem to fart at the absolute worst times. Aside from being physically uncomfortable, you’re completely mortified. Why are you so gassy anyway? More importantly, how can you stop? Here are a few facts to know about farting.

It’s in the air

Oftentimes, gas occurs when we swallow too much air. Some activities that may cause you to do so include chewing gum, smoking and eating or drinking too quickly. Limiting these activities/tendencies can greatly reduce your gassiness.

You fart what you eat

Certain types of foods are known to cause gas. Here are the main culprits:

  • Foods high in starch and soluble fiber (i.e. potatoes, pasta, oats, peas)
  • Fatty foods (i.e. buffalo wings, ground meat, doughnuts)
  • Sorbitol (found in fruits and used in diet products as an artificial sweetener)

Is it just gas?

It’s possible that the gas you are experiencing is a symptom of an underlying condition. A few of the most common include lactose or gluten intolerance and irritable bowl syndrome. Also, any disruption of normal bacteria in your digestive track will cause you to have excess gas. This often happens while taking certain medications, especially antibiotics, or when you’re body is unable to properly absorb carbohydrates. When in doubt, call your doc.

Gas be gone

Here are a few quick tips to help you stop passing gas:

  • Limit any activity that may cause you to swallow excess air
  • Stay away from foods that cause gas
  • Treat the underlying condition (if you have one)
  • Go for a walk after you eat
  • Try a natural enzyme such as Beano

By following these tips, you’ll be able to say goodbye to gas for good.

 

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