Farting may be embarrassing for some people, but it is actually an important part of the digestive cycle. Flatulence, or farting, is a sign that your digestive system is working properly as it should be.
People normally fart between 5 to 15 times a day, and it is usual to pass 1-3 pints of gas per day. That might seem like a lot but it’s because most farts don’t smell, aren’t noisy, and so they go unnoticed.
However, if you feel bloated and feel more gassy than usual, here are 5 ways to get rid of excessive flatulence:
1. Avoid or reduce intake of gas producing foods
Here is a list we put together of foods that cause bloating and increase gas production and their less gassier alternatives. However, cutting out these foods entirely is not recommended, as they also play important roles in a balanced diet.
2. Look for food allergies or restrictions
Food intolerance or allergies may cause a gas reaction in the body and produce symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and bloating. If you don’t know which of the foods you’re currently eating is the culprit behind your gassy situation, do an elimination diet wherein you cut out all known gas-causing foods and introducing them back in one at a time, to pinpoint which one caused the excessive flatulence problem.
3. Avoid tight-fitting clothes
Loose clothing ensures you feel as comfortable as possible. It also allows gas to pass freely.
4. Eat meals and snacks slowly and carefully
Majority of the gas our body produces are formed because of swallowed air. Eating too quickly allows more air to enter our digestive tract. Eat slower and chew with your mouth closed to reduce the amount of gas escaping from your rear end.
5. Stop chewing gum
Most of us chew on gum to keep a fresh breath and help avoid excessive snacking. However, chewing gum means continually swallowing air, leading to gas buildup, and excessive farting.
Read the full article by Medical News Today here for more tips on getting rid of excessive flatulence.