GAS / FLATULENCE
- Flatulence is the term given to excessive passing wind and therefore sometimes it is also called excessive flatulence.
- Passing gas is actually a perfectly normal bodily function, but in some cases its severity becomes so high that it can be termed as a disease. About 30 to 40% of all people worldwide suffer from problems with flatulence. A survey would show otherwise because most people with gas problems would refrain from speaking about it in public, even with their own physicians owing to embarrassment.
- A proper diet is indeed the best way to get rid of this embarrassing tight-spot.
Q What is GAS / FLATULENCE?
- Adhyamaan is the Sanskrit word for flatulence. A flatulent person feels the urge to pass wind repeatedly. The gas expelled by the person could be noiseless and odorless, or it could be noisy and with an offensive odor. The gas that is expelled during adhyamaan is called as a flatus.in slang English, the act of passing wind is called as ‘farting’, though this word could be considered offensive in some circles, as much as the act itself.
- Flatulence is normal physical activity and happens in every person, especially after a heavy meal. Hence, the medical term flatulence is applied to only those who suffer extremely from this condition, i.e they have no control on their biological urges of passing wind.
CAUSES OF GAS / FLATULENCE
- Gas/FLATULENCE is caused due to abnormal agni (fire) in a person. A person abnormal agni is an unhealthy person. Sometimes the agni of a person is vitiated.
- This can happen due to the following causes-
- Distortion of the intelligence of the person;
- Wrong co ordination of sense organs and their objects;
- Vagaries of weather and time.
- Any of these three can impair the pitta dosha of the person.
- This vitiation of the pitta dosha is called as the amala pitta.
- This is chief causative agent of all digestive problems with the human system.
- In medical terms, flatulence is caused due to the inability of digesting all the food that is consumed by the person.
- The food that remains undigested is passed on the colon.
- Here the colonial bacteria, which leads to the formation of intestinal gas.
- People also swallow air directly during different activites that they perform. Whenever you eat or drink anything, you also take in a fair amount of air. This air passes out as wind. Generally such air tha passes out is odorless and noiseless.
- Some foods contains more gas producing capacity than others. Beans are notorious in this aspect. The complex sugars contained in the beans are not digestible by the intestines. The undigested part passes out as wind throughout the day.
- There are many people who are lactose intolerant. These people cannot digest the lactose sugars in milk and other milk products. Hence the undigested lactose accumulates in the person’s stomach as gas, along with other problems such as bloating of the stomach, cramps and even diarrhoea.
- Many medicinal drugs are the cause of flatulence. Antibiotics like narcotics, calcium channel blockers, etc.
- Can cause flatulence in the person.
SYMPTOMS OF GAS/FLATULENCE
- A healthy human being passes wind about eight totwenty times a day. Hence, just passing wind a couple of times a day is not called flatulence. The symptoms to diagnose flatulence or excessive flatulence are as follows:
- There is a repeated and uncontrollable urge to pass wind.
- The urge is felt at the anus. The nerve endings of the anal tract are specialized to understand the signal.
- In flatulence, the urge can be so strong that the person
- Could get confused between the signal for passing wind and for defection. Hence there could be accidental defecation sometimes.
- The wind passed by flatulent people has traces of methane in it due to undigested food. Due to this, the gas passed is foul-smelling.
- When the wind is to get expelled, pressure is built up over the anal sphincter. This causes the wind to vibrate the anaus, leading to noisy discharges.
- The person could have either diarrhea or constipation.
PROBLEM OR COMPLICATIONS FROM FLATULENCE
- Flatulence is an embarrassing condition. A person who breaks wind in public is generally ridiculed and even shunned in social circles. This is perhaps the most drastic complication caused by flatulence.
- Medically, flatulence can be the external symptom of some deep-rooted gastric or intestinal disorder. If the problem aries repeatedly, then a detailed medical investigation is required. Some people have pains with flatulence. These pains could be either in the abdomen or in the anal tract.
- Such pains need to be checked for ulcers, piles or tumors.
PREVENTION OF GAS/FLATULENCE
- Flatulence or Excessive Flatulence can be prevented by adhering to the following guidelines:
- Avoid foods that cause flatulence.
- Chew the food properly before ingesting.
- Do not slurp on your hot drinks like tea and coffee.
- Slurping takes air inside along with the drink. This extra air passes out as gas.
- Similarly, do not use straws for drinking. Whith straws, you have to built in suction pressure by sucking in air.
- Say a complete no to all aerated drinks. Aerated drinks contain carbon dioxide, which passes out as gas. In fact some people use sodas as a remedy to eliminate gases after a heavy meal.
- After a heavy meal, take a brisk walk on indulge in some other form of exercise. This will burn the calories and aid in digestion.
- Do not eat rapidly. Rat with slow calculated bites so as to get the stomach well-acquainted with the foods that you are putting inside it.
- Many medications, especially Allopathic, cause flatulence. If you have a problem with flatulence, you should tell this to your physician before he or she prescribes an antibiotic for some ailment.
- Keep your stress levels down. Overworking the brain reduces the blood supply to the digestive system and shows down digestion.
- If you have dentures, check that they are properly fitting.
- This is to ensure that you can masticate (chew) your food properly before ingesting.
HOME REMEDY : GAS / FLATULENCE
- The most common ways to reduce the discomfort of gas are changing diet, taking medicines and reducing the amount of air swallowed.
- If you intake of gas producing food is high, you remove them from your diet till you see relief.
- If you are lactose intolerant, remove all the diary foods from your diet group at least for a fortnight.
- If you belch, avoid swallowing too much air, eating chewing gum or hard candy. And eat slowly.
- Avoid overeating and limit high fat content foods to reduce any symptoms of gas.
- Regulation of bowel function is essential.
- Avoid gas-promoting foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower, whole wheat flour, radishes, bananas, apricots, pretzels,etc.
- Chew 1 tbsp fennel seeds after meals to avoid gas and bloating.
- If your infant has a tough time passing gas, simply lift the body and move around in an upright position, patting him bit. This will help the release of gas.
- Take a pinch of Asafoetida , add little coconut oil and apply it on the child’s stomach.
- A pinch of Asafoetida mixed in drinkable warm water will provide relief from gas.
- Drink a mixture made from ½ tsp dry ginger powder,
- Pinch of asafetida and rock slat mixed with a cupful of warm water.
- Drinking 2 tsp of brandy mixed with warm water before going to bed provides relief.
- Chew on some fresh ginger slices soaked in time juice after meals.
- Consume a cup of water with a pinch of baking soda& lemon juice.