Flatulence. Breaking wind. A fart. A toot. Passing gas. It’s known by many names and is the beginning of many jokes, but it’s not so funny if your excessive flatulence is causing you public embarrassment. It’s a natural by-product of our digestive system that we might prefer to try to keep to ourselves. That’s not always possible nor good for you, either.
Having excessive gas can happen from something as simple as swallowing extra air while talking, eating or drinking. Some foods are gassier than others which can also contribute. Medical conditions, like diabetes or thyroid dysfunction can lead to excessive flatulence, too. The issue is: how do you avoid the build up?
Enzyme supplements can help break down complex carbs in the small intestine instead of by bacteria in the large intestine that produces gas. Probiotics are helpful because they contain “good” bacteria that break down the gasses produced during digestion.
Beans, of course, are famous for their gas producing qualities, but other foods and beverages can be culprits, too.
- Cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli
- All dairy
- Potatoes, pasta and corn
- Carbonated beverages and beer.
Yes! Staying active can reduce your excessive flatulence. Get some exercise, especially after a meal, to make your digestive system work for you.
- Digestive Issues
Your excessive flatulence could be telling you that there are other tummy troubles, like constipation. If bacteria sit in your colon for too long, they ferment, so clear up issues in this area to get some relief.
No matter what the issue is, GI Diagnostic Center can help. Book your appointment today. Call 281-357-1977 to see what we can do for you.
GDC is the premier gastroenterology practice with board-certified gastroenterologists in the Tomball and North Houston areas where we have been delivering state of the art care for over two decades. Our mission is to render the highest quality digestive health care to our patients in the most cost-effective way possible. While our practice employs the latest advances in gastroenterology procedures and uses every cutting-edge technology available, we still believe in building a compassionate and respectful relationship with each of our patients in the friendly manner of ‘old fashioned’ medical arts.Our facility, located just a few blocks east of the Tomball Regional Hospital, has recently added a state-of-the-art office endoscopy suite. This latest addition provides a convenient and cost-effective alternative to hospital visits for patients undergoing certain procedures. GDC is pleased to be able to provide yet another enhancement to the comfort, well being, and privacy of our patients.