Let’s get this straight, farting is completely healthy and normal. It happens to all of us. But you’re your fart decides to have a mind of its own, causing friends, family, and coworkers to gag, well then it’s time to unravel the mystery behind this flatulence. A more likely suspect is the food you are eating. Some suspects may even be more implicated than others. The following six foods are common suspects – common gas producers
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower are unique foods as they support detoxification and are rich antioxidants, they help protect against heart diseases and cancer. Studies have shown that people who eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli have lower rates of cancer than those who don’t.
Despite their amazing benefits, some cruciferous vegetables high in fiber are known to produce gas, this is as a result of the presence of an indigestible sugar called raffinose. The amount of gas we have is directly proportional to the amount of undigested food and air in our colon.
The fiber in these vegetables undergoes the process of fermentation in the large intestine. The bacteria in the Gastrointestinal tract that lives in the large intestine has the ability to break down this fiber for energy, the byproduct of such metabolism is gas. Therefore, if you love cruciferous vegetables, it’s best if you take a little at a time. You can gradually increase your intake to build tolerance. Furthermore, chew your vegetables thoroughly and ensure you take extra fluids.
Regular and sugar-free gum
If perchance you have replaced your cigarette habit for chewing gum, or maybe gums keep you satisfied, thus keeping you from overeating, perhaps, gums keeps you from sleeping off at work. Whatever your reason for chewing gum, please understand that chewing gum makes you swallow a lot of air, and that results in excess fart. Furthermore, most sugar-free gums are sweetened with artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, this is also a prime suspect known to produce gas.
Oh so you love dairy products, dairy products could be the reason you are on a fart spree. One major cause of digestive issues is lactose sensitivity. If you are lactose intolerant, you can’t digest the lactose (sugar) in milk. Consequently, you may experience gas, bloating, diarrhea after drinking or eating dairy products, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The condition is usually uncomfortable but harmless. Visible signs and symptoms are observed at about 30 minutes to an hour after eating or drinking dairy foods that contain lactose. If you think this is the prime suspect behind your gas, then you should consider other natural foods that can supply you with your required daily calcium requirement.
This is similar to your high-fiber vegetables, whole grains such as oats, wheat contain starch and fiber. These, when broken down by bacteria in the large intestine, can lead to bloating and gas.
Surely you have heard “Beans, beans are good for the heart, the more you eat the more you…” you get the picture right? Passing gas after eating beans goes hand in hand. But don’t give up on these magical “fat-burning” beans just yet. There are steps you can carry out prior to eating beans that may help in cutting down those “fartious-emissions’’
Before cooking your dry beans, soak it in water overnight. Thereafter, drain and rinse thoroughly prior to cooking in fresh water. The catch is to allow much of the gas producing carbohydrate soaked in the water. This can also be done for canned beans, before cooking, drain the liquid and rinse the beans, this help in removing some of the gas-producing carbohydrates.
Garlic is a super-food, but unfortunately, it causes gas and bloating. This is because garlic has a high sulfur content, which functions both as a detoxifier and gas producer as a result. Garlic is relatively low in fiber and carbs, it contains starches which is difficult for the body to digest. These starches are passed from the stomach via the small intestine to the large intestine where the undigested parts of the garlic are broken down.
So, how much fart is too much?
The average person should fart about 20 times per day. If you are comfortably exceeding those averages then you may have a problem with your food choices. You should understand that the amount of gas your body produces depends on the types of bacteria in your colon. Majorly, the bacteria responsible for food breakdown and digestion. Everyone has a unique assortment of gut bacteria.
How to avoid producing excessive gas
To minimize farting after eating, try to add probiotic-rich foods to your diet such as yogurt, buttermilk, kefir. These foods have the ability to boost the friendly bacteria in your colon. Additionally, you can prepare a probiotic supplement daily, like lactobacillus.
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Another natural remedy is to include squeezed lemon juice in water and having that with your meals. You should also limit the quantity of high-fat foods you consume, this helps the stomach to empty faster, and this way gases can have a much easier path into the small intestine.
A little tweak to your diet and how you consume gas-producing foods could help you potentially avoid embarrassment. As usual, be in control of your health. If you are unable to find a remedy for your excessive fart, please talk to your doctor to rule out any potential health issues.