Wind – Flatulence or Belching

Flatulence is very common.  Everyone produces wind in their gut because as food is digested the fermentation process produces gas in the colon.
Most people pass gas about 10 times a day.  However, for some people the amount of gas passed is much greater, or the smell is worse.  This is called excessive flatulence.

Excessive flatulence may be caused by;

Food Intolerances
For some people the gut struggles to break down certain foods (Food Intolerances).  This means that the food passes from the stomach to the colon without being probably broken down.  When the colon then tries to break down the food, because it has so much bacteria in it, this releases a larger amount of gas.
Common food intolerances that cause excessive flatulence include gluten, lactose or fructose intolerances.  MacMurray Centre can test for fructose and lactose intolerances.
Food choices
Even if you do not have a food intolerance, your experience will tell you that certain foods upset some people more than others.  You may find that certain foods, such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, apples produce more gas.  High consumption of carbohydrates and sugars can also lead to excessive flatulence.
Medical Conditions
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Coeliac Disease

What can I do to stop Excessive Flatulence?

  • Avoid foods that cause wind for you.
  • Reduce high fat foods.
  • Reduce high fibre foods.  While fibre is essential to healthy eating, it can also produce high levels of gas.  You can try reducing high fibre foods temporarily.  Once the gut has been rested you can introduce the high fibre foods back into your diet.
    Eat more slowly.  Eating quickly or under stress can interfere with digestion.
  • Over the Counter Medication.  Medications such as De-Gas Capsules (anything that contains simethicone will help to break up the bubbles in the gas).
  • Rule out medical conditions.

Symptoms can sometimes be embarrassing, but please don’t let embarrassment keep you from seeking medical help.  Often the cause of flatulence is simple to identify and treat.
If your symptoms cause you distress, or if they are accompanied by weight loss, stomach pain, bleeding in your stool, heartburn, or fever please contact MacMurray.

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