Hawa ke saath saath!

farters.jpgDo you give out your best under “pressure”?  Do you frequently explode into action?  Do you blow your own trumpet, loudly and regularly?  You have the one problem that no one wants to have  – Flatulence.

What is Flatulence?

Flatulence is just air trying to escape from your digestive tract – from the wrong end.   Bacteria in your intestines form gases from the food you eat, and these gases have their own distinctive stench, unfortunately,

Excessive gas may signal a problem with your intestines. If it is serious enough, it can warrant a visit to the doctor.  Flatulence can also generate alarming but harmless symptoms like chest pain and breathlessness.

What causes flatulence?

Medicines: There are innumerable medications that can cause flatulence, some of these being antibiotics, pain killers, antidepressants and anthelmintics (worm killers).

Infection: Gastro-intestinal ailments like worms, ulcers, colitis, gastroenteritis, and irritable bowels can cause flatulence.  A liver disorder can also cause acute flatulence.

The Big Culprit: however, is your diet. Not just what you eat, but how you eat.

Relieving the pressure:

There are some things you could do to prevent embarrassment (and pollution):

Diet Control:  In particular, watch your intake of,

  • Lentils and Beans
  • Papaya and bananas
  • Milk and milk products
  • Baked goods and fluffy, whipped stuff
  • Any food that contains baking soda
  • Carbonated drinks and beer.

Eat slowly.   Mom was right.  Chew your food nice and slow.  If you eat too fast, you will invariably gulp in lots of air, which will make a noisy exit later.

Herbal remedies  Ginger, Hing (asafetida), fennel (saunf) and caraway (ajwain) are useful in controlling flatulence. This is one reason why it’s a tradition to chew saunf after a meal.

OTC (over the counter) formulations.  There are many branded formulations in the market but the most effective ones will contain Simethicone  (or dimethicone) which makes it easier to pass out the gas and Activated Charcoal, which adsorbs excess gas and removes it from the system.

“Bottomline”.

By itself, flatulence is harmless, although those around you may not agree.

If however, you have had chronic flatulence for more than four weeks, one suggests a visit to the doctor.  It may just be that you have a GI disorder.

Besides, don’t you want to do your bit for the environment ?

Heh, heh.

Srini.