Passing gas is a normal bodily process. In fact, a healthy person will ‘toot their own horn’ anywhere between 12-20 times a day. Most of the time this wind is fairly odourless and doesn’t cause any issues with abdominal comfort or bloating. Occasionally, however, flatulence can become a more excessive issue which can not only be annoying but may be painful and embarrassing too.
Causes of excessive flatulence and bloating
When we digest the food we eat, our gut bacteria can get to work feeding on dietary fibres and producing gas within our intestines. While this happens normally day to day, sometimes the causes of wind and flatulence can be down to swallowing more air than usual, food intolerances or sensitivities, an imbalance of gut bacteria, or underlying issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
How to manage flatulence
Along with addressing any food intolerances or sensitivities, improving the health of your gut and microbiome may help to reduce issues like excess flatulence and bloating naturally. Herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, and chamomile offer fantastic support to help an uncomfortable, crampy, and windy bowel, while other herbs including slippery elm and marshmallow can help with a healthy balance of gut microflora. Eating slowly and chewing your food well can also help to reduce the amount of air swallowed while aiding overall digestion.Let’s get that gut happy