I tossed around a few different phrases before settling on that particular title. The truth of the matter is, most of us say we want to “stop farting” as opposed to “taming our toots!”
Why is it our gas seems to be at its peak aroma when we are sitting quietly in church or at the theatre? What causes flatulence and bloating?
Intestinal gas is a natural thing.
The type of gas that bothers us (and those around us) is commonly caused by the natural process of our digestive system. Some foods we eat cause more gas than others. Beans are commonly known to cause bloating and gas. One way to reduce this is to not couple them up with molasses or brown sugar because the sugar will also cause gas.
Our stomachs only do part of the job of digesting the food we eat.
Food goes through a lengthy process to get from one end to the other. Nothing is lost. It is either turned into energy, fuel, nutrients, poop or farts. That may be a little over-simplified but you get the drift.
The beginning starts in our mouths, saliva and chewing does the first bit. Then in the stomach there are strong digestive juices that actually dissolve much of the food. Next step is where much of the digestion actually takes place – in the small intestine.
Then the pancreas produces a substance with more enzymes that really does a job on protein, fats, and carbs. Then there is bile stored in the gallbladder that mixes with the fat so it can dissolve enough for the next steps.
All those foods that cause flatulence being digested so far down and then naturally forming gas as a by-product of the digestion.
Cure for Flatulence
The first suggestion I would make would be to pay attention to what you are eating and compare it to the amount of gas you are having. Of course there are some common culprits but they are healthy foods. Cabbage, broccoli, beans. All gassy, all good.
High protein diet can cause a person to be quite smelly. But protein is good too.
Fruits like pears and apples will also increase your bloating and farting escapades. Again, good healthy food.
On the unhealthy side – fat causes discomfort, bloating and gas. Sugars cause flatulence. Sugared soda can be a triple farty wammy. First the sugar will cause gas, the gas pushed into the soda to give it the bubbles are swallowed, plus when we swallow its common to swallow more air too. What doesn’t get burped out will go down.
Celiac can cause much discomfort for people who have developed an intolerance.
Dairy is a common instigator too. Dairy intolerance and sensitivities are often developed later on in life. Stinky, smelly, bloated, flatulence is a sure sign. When I figured out dairy was causing much of my troubles all I could say was…
“I don’t know why cheese doesn’t love me – when all I’ve ever done is love it!”
How to cure flatulence?
First thing is to get yourself a journal or scribbler and pay attention to what you are putting and and whats coming out.
Try to switch to a healthy diet and figure out if you are allergic or intolerant to anything. You can do this by removing one food from your diet for two weeks at a time and keep a good record of how everything is going.
You can also reduce your portion sizes and eat more frequently throughout the day. This is actually easier on your system rather than a couple of big meals. Some people recommend breaking up the foods you eat and not eat a combination meal – I find this works quite well.
Treatments include natural herbal products like activated charcoal or a gas relief. And for those of you that are ok with the gas but want to do something about the smell they have gone and invented a thin deodorizing pad that is is lined with charcoal to remove offensive odors.
Other things that can be an issue are certain types of illness:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and other things.