What happens during flatulence?
Bloating or flatulence (meteorism in specialised terminology) is a problem for all people every now and then. It is a natural process which takes place in the digestive tract with aid from bacteria and yeast and basically means only one thing: the creation of gas in the intestines and stomach. Flatulence occurs both in men and women; however, women are somewhat more prone to it than men.
The warning signs of coming problems are usually bubbly sounds in the intestines, or distinctive rumbling in the stomach. These sounds are also accompanied by tension in the abdominal area, a feeling of fullness, heaviness, tiredness or nervousness connected with the knowledge that gaining relief (via simply “letting it out”) is socially unacceptable.
Problems with flatulence really affect everyone, as gas - as a result of digestion – is created automatically. Sometimes there is less, other times more. On average, about half a litre of gas is created in the intestines during a single day!
What makes flatulence worse?
Despite its social unacceptability, flatulence in its standard form isn´t a problem. Under certain circumstances, however, it grows beyond an acceptable level.
Problems with flatulence are worsened by:
- certain foods
- decreased pancreatic function (the pancreas produces digestive enzymes)
- hormonal fluctuations, which is one of the reasons why flatulence and bloating is more frequent in women than men
- insufficiently chewed food, not mixed enough with saliva
- hurrying when swallowing food, resulting in the swallowing of excessive amounts of air (a phenomenon known as aerophagia)
- food intolerance or food allergy
- certain diseases
Flatulence and diet
Consumption of pulses always causes complications. Beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas almost guarantee flatulence. In order to limit their consequences, they should be soaked in water in advance and cooked with fennel or caraway seeds. Even after such precautions are taken, the oligosaccharides contained in such foods are still more difficult to digest and this leads to subsequent bloating.
The same problems occur with fresh or cooked brassica vegetables. The most risky of these are cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and kale. With vegetables, digestion problems are also linked to their higher content of fibre, which is relatively hard for the stomach to process.
The list of flatulence-producing food also includes garlic, onion, yeast and certain fruit (plums, apples, bananas or dried fruit).
How to prevent flatulence?
If you wish to avoid flatulence and bloating, and mainly their socially unacceptable consequences when gas is released, try to follow the simple measures listed below:
- make enough time for eating and chew food well
- avoid eating meals containing particularly risky foods that directly cause flatulence and bloating
- avoid drinking an excessive amount of carbonated beverages
- monitor your lifestyle as a whole and keep things regular – eat and sleep regularly (don´t stress about things unnecessarily, find time to relax and also make sure you include movement in your regular activities as it helps to control the activity of the intestines)
- if problems with flatulence do occur, use Degasin® 2Go and Degasin® to treat it effectively.