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Flatulence

Flatulence

Flatulence is the passing through the rectum of a mixture of stomach or gases. The mixture of intestinal gases is known as flatus .Flatus is brought to the rectum by the same muscular movement by which the feces is descended from the large intestine. Flatulence results in uncomfortable feelings of bloating as well as increased blenching (burping). 

Flatulence can cause great embarrassment at many a time for people.

 Symptoms of Flatulence 

A feeling of bloating and discomfort

Excessive expulsion of wind

Belching

Pain in the abdomen

Foul odor

Causes of Flatulence

The main causes for Flatulence are: 

  • Presence of excessive amounts of bacteria in the intestines
  • Consumption of large amounts of fibrous foods
  • Consumption of products that contain malt extracts
  • Digestive disorders that affect the GI tract, such as gastroenteritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Food prepared under unhygienic conditions
  • Contaminated water
  • High-fat diet
  • Metabolic breakdown of sulfur-containing proteins and amino acids in the intestines
  • Fat mal-absorption
  • Swallowed air
  • Breakdown of undigested foods
  • Lactase deficiency
  • Dark beer and red wine
  • Starchy food, such as potato, corn, etc
  • Certain Medication/Drugs

Home Remedies for Flatulence 

The easy home remedies described below will prove very helpful in treating Flatulence problem:

  • Do not forget the basics of eating as this is the most natural and effective way to treat flatulence. Eat slowly and chew the food thoroughly. Do not gulp the food. This is the best way to cure the problem of gas.
  • In a cup of warm water, add 1/2 tsp of dry ginger powder with a pinch each of asafetida and rock salt. Drink this mix to get relieved from gas.
  • Take a cup of lukewarm water and add 2 tsp of brandy. Intake this before going to bed.
  • Soak some ginger slices in lemon juice. Chew this after every meal. This would help cure gas.
  • In a tsp of honey, add a drop of dill oil. Intake this after every meal to help treat flatulence.
  • Grind 1 tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of dry ginger and 1 tsp of green cardamom seeds. Add ˝ tsp of this mixture in water and drink it one hour after meal.
  • Peppermint also proves effective in treating flatulence. Not only does it refreshes the breath, but also cures gas.
  • Peppermint tea is also effective in treating flatulence. The other tea includes anise tea, spearmint tea, and caraway tea. Spearmint or peppermint candy would also do the trick.
  • Avoid foods such as beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, yeast-containing foods such as breads and cheese. Carbonated drinks also produce gas.
  • Do not drink water after 15 minutes or during meals. It weakens the digestive system.

Flatulence Treatment and Advice

  • Cut down on foods that cause wind. The amount of gas caused by certain foods varies from person to person. The only way to know your own limits is through trial and error.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-"fizzy" liquids, and clear soup.
  • Eat slower and chew more. This will cut down on the amount of air you swallow when you eat.

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