“Passing wind”, “botty burps”, “farts” or “gas”.  No matter how you refer to this natural bodily function, flatulence can initiate a giggle… and/or cause down-right embarrassment. For those who suffer from excess gas or excessively smelly gas, it can also be great cause of discomfort and often indicates that the digestive system may be out of balance for some reason of another.

Excessive flatulence can be caused by many factors including; lactose intolerance, swallowed air, food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome, over-eating, ‘bad’ bacteria overgrowth (candida) and suddenly switching to a high-fibre diet. Some people pass wind only a handful of times per day, others up to 40 times, while the average seems to be about 15. For those who suffer from excess gas, taking into account some of the following tips may help ease the discomfort and tend to some underlying causes.

Suggestions to reduce the amount of intestinal gas include:

  • Limit common food culprits such as chickpeas, cabbage, prunes, beans, onion and pears.
  • Don’t suddenly increase the amount of fibre in your diet.
  • Reduce milk consumption if lactose intolerance is a problem.
  • Consider a diet and supplement programme to re-balance the ratio of good and bad bacteria in the gut by killing off any overgrowth of candida that may be present, and re-inoculating with healthy probiotics.

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