Flatulence Causes And Foods That Give You Foul Smelling Gas
What is flatulence
First of all let’s talk about flatulence, what it is and the different ways we can contract this "flatulence". In some cultures, like mine, we call it gas. It's one in the same.
According to the dictionary, flatulence is when the alimentary canal has been affected by excessive gas. The alimentary canal is basically all the organs that are involved in the digestion of food starting with the mouth and ending with the anus.
The buildup of this excessive gas in the alimentary canal needs to be released and is usually done so though the anus. The sound you hear is the gas vibrating off the anal sphincter as it passes through the closed buttocks.
The gas in the alimentary canal is actually a mixture of several gasses known as flatus, some people wish to say "fart". Fart by the way is not a bad word because the flatus was formerly known as fart.
Flatus is composed of several gasses that are either ingested directly through the nose and mouth or the gasses that are given off the food when being digested. All food carry gasses, some more than others.
The anatomy of flatus listed in the manner of quantity
· Carbon dioxide
Methane and hydrogen are very flammable so be careful of combustion…sorry….if the flatus has a a certain amount of these they can be ignited.
There are different factors relating to the buildup of gas in our system and these can range from eating disorders to the types of foods we eat.
Here are some flatulence causes
1. Indigestion – Food not given the chance to properly digest will cause a buildup of gas in the stomach.
· Digestion starts in the mouth and food needs to be properly masticated before it reaches the stomach.
· You should also make sure you drink water after a meal as this will help to soften the food to break it down much easier.
· Wait at least 2 – 3 hours after eating before you lay down
· Never eat too fast
· Don’t eat too slow
· Rule of thumb and table etiquette requires that you DO NOT sip during bites as this allows air to be ingested while you eat.
2. Undercooked food - Bean and peas. Undercooked foods especially beans and peas can give off quite some steam! Make sure they are properly cooked before consuming. Not only are undercooked beans and peas gaseous but toxic too. There are have been incidents of toxicity due to the consumption of the foods when undercooked
3. Some types of foods – some types of foods are especially known to cause excessive gas and bloating. Some of these foods are:
· Peas and beans
· Broccoli, cauliflower
· Pasta and other starchy foods
· Onions, peppers and garlic
· Prune juice
· Soda and gum
· Wheat and oats
· peaches, apricots, pears, and apples
· celery, artichokes and asparagus
4. Waiting too long to eat
5. Ingesting air through the nose and mouth
6. Lactose intolerance
Foul Smelling Gas
Occasional foul smelling gas is not so bad and is usually caused from the foods we eat. Some of these foods might be egg yolks, red meats, dairy products. This smell comes from undigested foods that were left in the bowels and have started to rot. In most cases the stool from these foods will also smell bad too.
But continual foul smelling gas is a sure sign of a digestive and bowel disorder. If you are not digesting your food properly then it is going to rot inside you and you will always have that smelly gas coming out. A digestive and bowel disorder needs to be treated.
A study in the United Kingdom shows that people who eat more vegetables than meat are less likely to develop a digestive or bowel disorder. More fiber and roughage in the diet will cleanse the digestive tract and prevent the fermentation of other foods such as meats and starches as these are usually the main culprits in smelly gas.
Of the over 47,000 persons who participated in the research, the results showed that the risk of the disorder was reduced by 31% in those who consumed primarily vegetables. This decreased risk also helps to decrease the risk of colon cancer significantly.
Prevention of flatulence and foul smelling gas
It is very difficult to prevent flatulence but we can definitely reduce the frequency of its occurrence. Here are some tips
· Eat regularly
· Drink a lot of water
· Don’t drink between bites
· Don’t talk while chewing food
· Chew less gum
· Eat more fiber
· Reduce starchy foods intake
· Reduce dairy intake – yogurt does not cause gas and actually helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Here are some tips on reducing the gassy effect of some food culprits
· Use a vinaigrette dressing for bean salads or salads with other gaseous vegetables
· Make sure peas and beans are very well cooked
· Soak peas and beans in water with a teaspoon of baking powder or soda before cooking. Drain and rinse beans.
· If cooking dried beans add a pinch of baking powder or soda to boiling water
· Taking an over the counter anti-gas medicine before or after eating.