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Bloating and farting are common digestive issues that many people experience.
Bloating refers to the feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdomen, often accompanied by visible swelling.
Farting, on the other hand, is the release of gas from the digestive system through the anus.
Why Does My Stomach Feel Bloated and Why Do I Fart So Much?
Having a bloated stomach and excessive gas expulsion can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially in public places.
Both of these symptoms can be caused by various factors, including the consumption of certain foods, the accumulation of gas in the digestive tract, digestive disorders, and lifestyle choices.
There are several possible reasons for feeling bloated and experiencing excessive gas. Some common causes include:
- Overeating or eating too quickly
- Consuming gas-producing foods like beans, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, onions, and carbonated drinks
- Swallowing air while eating or drinking
- Food intolerances or sensitivities, such as lactose or gluten intolerance
- Digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Certain medications or supplements
- Constipation or bowel obstruction
- Foods that cause gas formation like garlic, onion, chilli. Use these in moderation as excessive intake cause dyspepsia and bloating.
If you’re still concerned about your symptoms, it’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.
If there is bloating and farting occasionally, you may try these two simple methods to relieve it-
- Avoid swallowing air: Minimize habits like chewing gum and drinking through a straw. These activities can introduce more air into your digestive system.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water throughout the day can help maintain regular bowel movements and prevent constipation, which can exacerbate bloating.
Other than these two methods, some people find relief from bloating and gas by using natural remedies like peppermint tea, ginger, chamomile tea, activated charcoal, etc…
If you’re looking for natural methods to overcome these issues, here are a few tips that might help:
1. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas can help relieve bloating by promoting digestion, reducing inflammation, and soothing the digestive system.
Some herbal teas that are particularly beneficial for bloating include peppermint tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea, fennel tea, and dandelion tea.
These teas have natural properties that help relax muscles in the gastrointestinal tract, reduce gas production, and reduce discomfort.
Regular consumption of herbal teas can provide relief from bloating and support overall digestive health.
How does herbal teas help relieve flatulence and farting?
Herbal teas can help relieve flatulence and farting by soothing the digestive system and reducing gas buildup.
Certain herbs like peppermint, ginger, chamomile, and fennel have natural properties that aid in digestion, alleviate bloating, and reduce intestinal spasms.
Regular consumption of herbal teas can promote healthy digestion and minimize discomfort caused by excess gas.
Here is a table showing natural compounds found in herbs like peppermint, ginger, chamomile and fennel that reduce help bloating and gas formation:
|Natural Compounds that Reduce Bloating and Gas Formation
|Menthol, Menthone, Limonene, Luteolin, Alpha-pinene
|Gingerol, Shogaol, Zingiberene, Beta-sesquiphellandrene
|Bisabolol, Chamazulene, Apigenin, Luteolin
|Anethole, Fenchone, Estragole, Limonene
These are avaiable separately or in combination as supplements. However, consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new supplements or remedies.
Taking probiotics can help reduce bloating and farting by promoting a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut and improving digestion.
Probiotics are naturally found in yogurt, curds and some fermented food items.
3. Dietary Changes
You can also try these two dietary changes for avoiding bloating and excessive gas formation:
Watch your diet: Limit or avoid foods that are known to cause gas, such as beans, lentils, cabbage, onions, broccoli, carbonated drinks, and certain fruits. Instead, opt for easily digestible foods like lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh vegetables.
Eat slowly and chew thoroughly: Rushing through meals can lead to swallowing air, which can contribute to bloating and gas. Take your time, chew your food thoroughly, and savor each bite.
4. Exercise and Movement
Exercise regularly: Physical activity stimulates digestion and helps move gas through the digestive tract. Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, such as walking, jogging, or yoga.
5. Stress Management
Manage stress: Stress can affect your digestion. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques, mindfulness, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.
Tackling Bloating and Farting: One Solution for Two Common Problems- How I did it
In early January, I joined a program to improve my overall health. I am overweight and have lot of digestive issues. One of them is bloating and farting, which prompted me to write this article.
This was causing a problem- if I get an urge to fart in public, it was causing me discomfort to supress it. Earlier, I tried medications like digestives and gas adsorbants like activated charcoal that helped me supress farting and reduce bloating to some extent.
However, they were causing me more discomfort as I was getting constipated. Later, the health program that I am trying, suggested having a simple solution to overcome this digestive issue- a decoction of two common spices from the kitchen. Here’s the recipe-
How to make it: Boil 500 ml water. Roast cumin and carom seeds separately till they splutter and add one by one to the boilng water. Stir for 4 to 5 minutes while still boiling, stop boiling and then let it cool a bit for another 4 to 5 minutes. Filter this decoction and drink it on empty stomach early in the morning.
Remember, everyone’s body is different, so it may take some trial and error to find what works best for you.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and guidance.
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My next article will be on another ailment of gastrointestinal system- Appendicitis. Till then-