Ground flax seeds can be eaten on their own or as an addition to muesli, yogurt, salads, oatmeal or smoothies. The only thing you have to remember about is that flax seeds intake must be accompanied by drinking a lot of water, otherwise, they can lead to constipation. That’s why you should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Start by taking one to two teaspoons of flax seeds a day and increase the amount to four teaspoons after a week. If you take flaxseed half an hour before meal and drink a glass of water with it, it will reduce your appetite, so it’s a very beneficial solution for those who are trying to lose weight.
Remember to store your flax seeds in a cool place, preferably in the fridge. They may go bad very fast once the package gets opened. Fresh flax seeds should have a nutty smell, while the rancid ones smell bitter.
Chia seeds promote healthy bowel movement and help reduce excessive flatulence. Just like flax seeds, they are high in fibre and should be taken with water. There is no need to grind them, though. Apart from delivering a large amount of fibre, which binds toxins from the digestive tract and adds bulk to the waste in the colon, chia seeds contain a high level of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
Beneficial as chia seeds are, they may also have some negative influence on your health. If you take medicines regularly, chia seeds may interfere with their absorption. That’s why you need to make sure that there is at least a two-hour interval between the intake of chia seed and the medicines.
Boost the Digestive Enzymes
Healthy digestion depends largely on various enzymes that help break down the food and absorb it into the blood system. In the case of a malfunction of one or multiple organs that produce the digestive enzymes, some elements may remain undigested, which causes their fermentation in the intestines and that results in bloating. You can eat pineapples – rich in bromelain – and papaya – packed with papain. The enzymes contained in these two fruits will give a boost to your digestive system. It is recommended to eat them before the meal, rather than afterwards, as you would normally do. Alternatively, you can buy special enzyme supplements that promote healthy digestion and bowel movement.
Effective functioning of the intestines is possible only when the level of good bacteria is high enough to deal with the bad ones. To protect the smaller intestine, the larger intestine and your colon, you should increase the probiotics intake by eating cultured yoghurt between meals. Before you buy the yoghurt, make sure that the bacterial culture was added after the process of pasteurisation as it kills the bacteria and the yogurt won’t have the same, beneficial effect on your digestive tract.
If you don’t like yoghurt or if your gastrointestinal tract doesn’t react well to dairy, you can reach for special supplements, available in health food stores or in pharmacies. Remember to not take those supplements with food as the increased level of acids in the stomach will damage the valuable bacteria.
Massage, specifically Shiatsu massage, is often recommended to people who have problems with flatulence and who pass gases a lot. Shiatsu massage therapists claim that by pressing specific points on your feet, you can unblock the energy channels, which will in turn promote healthy functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
The two main points connected to the energy channel responsible for healthy bowel movement are:
• at the bottom of your foot, on the arch, about a finger’s width from the ball of your foot,
• on the top of the foot, where the bones of the big and second toes meet.
If you want to perform the massage yourself, using your thumb press those points for a minute (one point at a time) and release. Repeat the process on the other foot and do three to four sessions on each foot two times a day.
Regular movement equals regular bowel movement. If you don’t do any exercises, there is a much higher chance that you will get digestion problems and you will have to deal with the problems of gases. You can choose the type of physical activity that suits you best. Walk, run, ride a bike or play football. You can sign up for yoga or zumba. Whatever you choose to do, so it regularly and you won’t have to worry about accumulated gases. When you do exercises, even the light ones, your blood circulation speeds up, which accelerates all the processes in your body, from skin rejuvenation to digestion. If you are not a sports person, but you suffer from constant flatulence, try walking half an hour a day and see if notice any difference. The results will probably be the best motivation to keep going.
Activated charcoal is an entirely natural ingredient that has been used for years as an ailment for all kinds for digestion-related problems. It helps for food poisoning, hangover, when you are constipated, when you have diarrhoea and when you feel bloated. Activated charcoal binds the gas and toxins accumulated in the intestines and helps remove them from your digestive system. It is available in all pharmacies. Take two tablets of activated charcoal a day and soon you will forget about the discomfort caused by gases.
How To Prevent Farting
Once you have dealt with the problem of farting, you probably don’t want to go back to the same problem. That’s why you should consider taking all, or at least some of the advice given below to promote a healthy digestion, free from excessive gases.
Eat Well-Cooked Vegetables
When you cook your vegetables, cook them thoroughly so that it’s easier for your digestive system to break them down. Eating raw vegetables is obviously much healthier, but if you temporarily suffer from problems related to gases, stick to well-cooked vegetables. Also, avoid the vegetables that tend to increase the level of gases, like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
Soak the Beans
When you cook beans or lentils, soak them for an hour in warm water, then strain them and put into the fresh water again to soak for another few hours. This will soften them and they will be easier to digest. Also, add some dried marjoram to your dishes with beans. This herb not only adds a great flavour to the dish but also reduces the production of gases that normally follows the consumption of beans.
Eating your meals at specific hours helps regulate the digestive processes and prevent cravings. Your body knows that it doesn’t have to store supplies in case it won’t get another delivery of nutrients, so the brain doesn’t tell you to snack and your digestive system can work in a stable and regular manner, rather than being taken by surprise with new amounts of food coming at random hours. Also, try to eat slower than usually. Chew every bite several times and don’t rush when you’re eating as it has a bad influence on your digestion and when you do it, you swallow more air.
Water with Lemon
One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent various digestion-related problems is drinking lemon juice with water first thing in the morning. Take a glass of warm water and squeeze the juice of one lemon into it. Drink it immediately after you prepare it and repeat the process every single day, just after you get up. Lemon juice has versatile beneficial properties and one of them is the promotion of healthy digestion. Also, even though it has acidic flavor, it actually helps maintain the alkaline level of pH in your body. This means your gastrointestinal tract works better, it absorbs more nutrients from the food you eat and you have more energy.
Avoid Sugars and Carbonated Drinks
Sugar contained in sweets, pastry, fruits and sodas is a feast for the bad bacteria existing in your intestine. The more sugary your diet is, the bigger chance you have of getting problems with excessive production of gases. Carbonated drinks not only contain a lot of sugar but also the gas that you swallow. Some of it gets released through your mouth when you burp, but a lot of it travels through the whole gastrointestinal tract until it escapes through the anus as an embarrassing fart. Replace sodas with natural juices and mineral water to reduce the amount of gases rapidly.
Quit Smoking and Chewing Gum
We swallow a lot of air when we smoke or chew a gum, so if you fart a lot and you’re a smoker or you constantly chew a gum, you probably know the culprit of your condition. If you are unable to quit smoking, try to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. If you want to make sure you have a fresh breath, instead of chewing a gum, eat a mint or use a special peppermint breath spray.
Keep a Diary
If you think that your problem with farting can be caused by some kind of food allergy or some specific products, keep a diary of what you eat for two or three weeks and make notes about how you feel – whether you feel bloated, whether your bowel movement is okay and your gases – if any – have neutral or foul-smelling odour. This will help you find certain patterns that affect your digestion. You might notice that your gastrointestinal tract deals perfectly with leafy vegetables and beans, but reacts negatively to lactose. If you notice anything unnerving and you don’t know what kind of remedies you should use to solve your problem or how to adjust your diet to the needs of your digestive tract, talk to your doctor.
When Should I See The Doctor?
If the problem of excessive gases is persistent, regardless of your diet and the use of home remedies, you should contact your doctor. He might direct you to perform special food allergy tests or do a scan of your abdomen to check it for the presence of tumours that might be putting pressure on the intestines or blocking the passage in them.