Are you embarrassed by your flatulence? Do you hide away because you are afraid to go out into public places? Flatulence is a more common problem than you may think. There are many treatments available and a flatulence remedy that actually works is hard to find because most only treat the symptoms. You MUST find the root cause before you can treat the problem.
Flatulence is the passing of a mixture of gases (byproducts of normal digestion) through the rectum. These gases are known as flatus, or a fart, or simply gas. The same peristaltic process which causes feces to descend from the large intestine is also how flatus is brought to the rectum. The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks.
Gas can collect in the digestive system in two ways: While swallowing food, people also swallow water or saliva and small amounts of air, which is mostly made up of nitrogen and oxygen. During the digestion process, gas is released mostly in the form of hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide. Obviously the body must expel these excess gases and does so in two ways: flatulence (farting) or belching (burping)
There are many ways that too much air can be swallowed, such as chewing gum, smoking, sucking on things and not chewing food slowly and thoroughly.
Flatulence is very common and everyone experiences it. It is a normal biological process. Men will pass wind between 14–25 times a day and most women between 7–12 times a day. Most people do not even notice that they have passed gas because it is usually odourless and is often released in small quantities. Smelly, offensive flatulence, however, is usually a result of food not being digested properly and is beginning to decompose. There can be a build up of sulphur gases which cause the bad smells. The problem can usually be controlled by making changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Some common conditions such as constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can cause symptoms of flatulence. In these circumstances, medication may be required and it is advisable to contact your doctor.
Much of the food that we eat is carbohydrates, which are made up of long chains of sugar molecules. There are a number of these carbohydrates which cannot be digested and absorbed in the intestines. They are then passed down into the colon. These carbohydrates are known as unabsorbable carbohydrates. Because many of the foods that contain unabsorbable carbohydrates are digested over a longer period of time, any undigested food can eventually begin to decompose. A small amount of sulphur gas is released which causes the foul smell that is associated with flatulence.
Flatulence has any number of causes and it is vitally important to discover the root cause before any effective treatment can be given. Most flatulence remedies you find will merely deal with the symptoms without tackling what is causing the problem in the first place. Because there is so much information out there, it can be confusing as to the right approach.