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Flatulence

Flatulence and bloating

Causes of flatulence

How to stop flatulence

Flatulence and bloating

Everyone has a little gas in the colon. Sometimes the level of gas and disturbance may be higher, causing both burping and farting. This is a common complaint. Excessive gas can also cause bloating, an uncomfortable feeling of fullness in the abdomen. Sometimes bloating is accompanied by sharp pains or rumbling noises in the abdomen.

Gas in the abdomen can come from:

A healthy digestive system does not continually produce large amounts of gas, especially on a low-sugar, non-processed food diet. If you produce an abnormal amount of gas, or it is accompanied by other digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then there are steps you can take to remedy the situation.

Nitrogen is usually the main gas released in a fart. Hydrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen and methane are also usually there in varying quantities. These gases don't have a foul smell. Methane and hydrogen are inflammable and can be ignited. Usually, you need specific archaea or bacteria in your digestive tract to produce methane or hydrogen. When the gas from a flatus (fart) has an unpleasant odor, it may be due to the presence of skatole and indole, which are by-products of the digestion of meat. However, other foul-smelling gases such as methanethiol, hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) and dimethyl sulfide also make up the smell.

Causes of flatulence

How to stop flatulence