Farting

Farting can be embarrassing but it’s a natural part of the digestion cycle. Everybody does it and it is a sign that the digestive system is working as it should. It reflects the activity of the gut bacteria.

It’s essential that the body releases the gas that it produces. If not, it can build up and become very uncomfortable.

Usually, bloating and farting are harmless. The food we eat, wolfing down food and stress can contribute to bloating. Foods that increase bloating include cabbage, leek, legumes, onions, fizzy drinks, alcohol, coffee, certain fruit and others. 

People fart between 5 and 15 times per day. This may seem like a lot, but it’s entirely normal. 

Many farts are due to swallowing air throughout the day. Other gas develops as the gut works to break down food.

Farts consist of a combination of mostly odourless gases, such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, and, sometimes, methane.

Did you know that women tend to fart more than men? It is believed to relate to female hormones. That’s why women tend to suffer more from bloating during menstruation and during pregnancy. 

But even if it’s normal to fart, it can be terribly embarrassing. So what can you do?

Physical activity can lead to more gut activity and thus help normalise digestion. A short “Verdauungsspaziergang” (the German word is just so much nice than the term “postprandial walk”) helps to “release” smelly farts without being embarrassed 😉

Home remedies might also help: a warm compress using a hot water bottle or even better a heat cushion (I love those filled with grape seeds) on the tummy

Or make an infusion made from cumin, fennel, aniseed or ginger and drunk before or with your meals

Treat yourself to a gentle, circular massage of the abdominal area using cumin oil. 

If you suffer from bloating and farting combined with diarrhoea or constipation, or changes in your poo (faeces), you should consider asking an expert. Allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, 

If you are in Zürich, I can highly recommend Sandra from @nutritionaz_by_sandramikhail, she is your local, English speaking digestive health expert and clinical dietitian. 

Adapted from @medical_news_today

Posted on August 14, 2019 by

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