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RosemaryEveryone has it. Most people think they have too much of it. And passing gas in the wrong place at the wrong time can cause great embarrassment.

Flatulence is the state of having excessive stomach or intestinal gas. This can result in uncomfortable feelings of bloating, as well as increased belching or passing of gas from the rectum.

Most people produce about 1-3 pints a day and pass gas about 14 times a day. Flatulence itself, although not life threatening, can definitely cause social embarrassment. This embarrassment is often the reason why you might seek medical help for excessive gas.

The flammable character of flatus is caused by hydrogen and methane. The proportions of these gases depend largely on the bacteria that live in the human colon that digest, or ferment, food that has not been absorbed by the gastrointestinal (GI) tract before reaching the colon.

An estimated 30-150 grams of this undigested food reach the colon in the form of carbohydrate every day. But this amount can vary with diet and how well your GI tract is functioning. The unpleasant odor often associated with flatus is generally attributed to trace sulfur-containing compounds, produced only by particular bacteria not found in everyone.

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Symptoms

Flatulence-You may feel too much gas through the flatulence. You may pass gas 14 to 23 times in a day is normal. But more than this, may be the result of carbohydrate malabsorption.

Abdominal bloating- Too much gas causes abdominal bloating. If you have complained of bloating from gas often have normal distribution of gas.Disorders may give a sensation of bloating because of increased sensitivity to gas. Finally, eating a lot of fatty food may delay stomach emptying and cause bloating and discomfort.

Abdominal pain-You may feel pain when gas is present in the intestine. When pain is on the left side of the colon, it may confuse with heart disease. When the pain is on the right side of the colon, it may appendicitis.

Belching-belch during or after meals is normal.It releases gas, when your stomach is full of food.Gas-bloat syndrome may occur after fundoplication surgery to correct GERD.

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Causes

 

Flatulence also known as farting.Flatulence is the act of passing intestinal gas from the anus. Gas in the gastrointestinal tract has two sources. It is either swallowed air or it is produced by bacteria that normally inhabit the intestines. Swallowed air is rarely the cause of excessive flatulence.Some of the most common causes of the flatulence are:

Normal physical needs.

Habitual air swallowing.

3-month colic.

Gallbladder disease.

Colon cancer.

Diverticulosis.

Peptic ulcer.

Gallstones.

Food allergies.

Aerophagia.

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Home Remedies

Don't go to bed or take a nap immediately after taking meals.

You should take a long walk after taking dinner.

Don't eat anything at bed-time.

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Herbal Remedies

Peppermint Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tablespoon chopped dried leaves. Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes; strain, then drink warm three to four times a day. Tinctures and oil of peppermint may vary in their concentration.

Another great place to find simple remedies for flatulence is in your spice rack or pantry. Herbs like peppermint, fennel, caraway and anise all contain flatulence-relieving properties. As do the spices like dill, basil, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, cardamom and cloves.

To get relief from excess gas using peppermint, simply pour one cup of boiling water over dried peppermint leaves and allow the mixture to seep for ten minutes. Drain the liquid and drink it warm during an attack of flatulence. Fennel, dill and anise can also be used in this same tea-like method but you need to crush the fennel seeds before seeping, use dill oil instead of dill leaves and limit your use of anise since it may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Caraway seeds can also be used crushed to make a tea for excess gas relief or the seeds can be eaten either as is after a meal or in the form of caraway crackers.

Aside from tea preparations there are a few other ways that you can use spices to fight flatulence. Basil can be added to many different types of food to add flavour and aid in digestion. Rosemary can be added to gassy foods such as broccoli, cabbage and beans to add flavour and reduce the effects of these foods on the digestive process. Turmeric can be added to rice and enjoyed as a side dish with foods that may cause gas. If eaten with or before the ingestion of gassy foods this spice can stop the occurrence of flatulence before it starts.

Coriander, cardamom and clove can also be added to foods during preparation to ease gas pains, reduce gas production and aid in digestion. Coriander works well in stir-fry dishes, cardamom works well in vegetable dishes and cloves make a great addition to rice or fruit dishes.

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Aside from getting exercise and watching what you eat, as odd as it may sound, you can cut down on gas by reducing the amount of air you swallow.

Activities that increase air swallowing include smoking, gum chewing, sucking on hard candies, guzzling anything, and drinking carbonated beverages.

You're likely to swallow more air when you drink from a bottle or use a straw than when you drink straight from a glass. A pair of poorly fitting dentures can increase the air that goes down your gullet.

If you tend to inhale your food, you're taking in a lot of air as well.

Eating slowly and chewing your food well cuts down on gas caused by air.

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