You're sitting in a room full of people and suddenly, you let out an enormous fart. Everyone turns to look at you with disgust on their faces. You try to apologize but the damage has already been done. We've all been there, right? But why do some people seem to pass gas more often than others? Is it something we are eating or is our digestive system just not working properly? In this article, we will be examining some of the surprising truths behind flatulence.
What Causes Flatulence?
Flatulence is caused by the buildup of gases within your digestive tract. When food is broken down by enzymes in your stomach and small intestine, a variety of gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen are produced. These gases normally move through your intestines until they are finally expelled from your body as farts.
Did you know that gut bacteria plays a major role in fart production? Well now you do! Your gut contains around 100 trillion different types of bacteria collectively called microbiome which helps digest food that we cannot digest ourselves (e.g fiber). Not all types of bacteria produce gas equally though – some forms ferment carbohydrates while producing more gas.
This table shows common carbohydrate-rich foods likely to cause smelly farts
|Grains like wheat and oats||Fructans|
When we swallow food or drink quickly without chewing well / sometimes when using straw drinks have excessive air along it which results into swallowing air massively; but how does that relate to passing wind since swallowed air should move into lungs instead? The presence too much air may stimulate peristalsis - muscle contractions within intestinal walls - leading to pushing food and gases further down the line, contributing to future gas release.
As a society sometimes we love nothing more than indulging in sweet treats and fatty foods that our bodies simply cannot digest well! When certain foods like sugary or spicy ones are not fully digested, they remain for a longer period of time within stomach which results into bloating until they're finally passed as gas.
Some may battle with farting after consuming dairy products. This is because their body has difficulty in breaking down lactose - sugar found in most milk-containing products resulting into unpleasant farts.
If you develop excessive flatulence from certain types of food always it might be due your body's inability to break those types of food components e.g gluten/wheat intolerance continually eating such can lead to buildup gases ready for expulsion.
Medical Conditions & Flatulence
Although passing wind is perfectly normal even though many people get really troubled by its smelly outcome but there comes a point when it gets beyond “normal”. Some medical conditions drastically increase fart release while others inhibit this process completely. Let us have a look at some common medical conditions:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This painful condition leads to alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea accompanied with an array episodes involving blowing wind making one’s surrounding irritable . For un unknown reason, people suffering IBS seem very sensitive towards various dietary fibers- fructose, lactase – leading bolstered formation huge amounts of gas.
Celiac disease– where your immune system responds badly after intake wheat gluten - also leads vulnerabilities similar inflamed gut walls as seen IBS hence cause extra colonic gases creation increasing fart production too!
Also known as delayed gastric emptying whereby your digestive muscles impaired or totally non-functional so digestion slows down causing patients to feel bloated and prone to passing gas or worse yet, vomiting, as a result of the buildup of gases.
How Can You Reduce Flatulence?
Nobody enjoys feeling gassy around others. If flatulence is an issue for you consider trying these measures may help:
Slow and Steady
Slowing down meals ideally chewing food too longer can significantly cut off air intake especially in those who normally eat quickly
Consuming foods such Kefir/Yogurt or probiotic supplements helps strengthen microbiome balance which plays part in breaking gas-causing carbohydrates while encouraging beneficial bacteria growth also their fermentation processes improving digestion.
Digestive enzymes e.g alpha-galactosidase (Beano) are useful for individuals experiencing lactose intolerance allowing faster break downs complex carbs reducing occurrence farts later on..
Peppermint oil - mainly ingested through capsules- has calming effect on intestinal muscles, ultimately increasing their relaxation promoting easier movement facilitating less amount colonic gases being formed.
In conclusion farting doesn’t have to be something that horrendously embarrassing /uncontrollable .By understanding underlying cause then it’s possible manage excessive production while becoming better equipped with necessary strategies dealing this unpleasant affair once and for all!