Experts at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust explained what wind is, how much is considered normal, and what to do if you find yourself (or someone else you know) farting too much. “Wind is a by-product of digestion as bacteria in the gut help to break down food as it passes through,” the team began. “The speed at which your digestive system works, the foods you eat, your lifestyle and so on will affect this process.”
The NHS stated: “Everyone farts, some people more than others. The average is five to 15 times a day.”
For those farting far too often for their liking, one herbal tea could help.
“Peppermint, chamomile or fennel tea taken after meals can improve digestion,” the experts at the NHS Trust stated. “Of these, fennel appears to be most beneficial.”
Another possible remedy includes taking peppermint oil capsules before a meal, which can help reduce bloating – heed caution, though, as it is unsuitable if you suffer from acid reflux.
Excessive farting might be an indication of an underlying health condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The symptoms of IBS include painful stomach cramps after eating, bloating, sudden diarrhoea, and constipation.
There are various triggers for IBS symptoms to develop, such as alcohol, caffeine, and spicy or fatty foods.
Stress and anxiety can also lead to an onset of bowel troubles, excessive farting, and feeling sick.
If you do not have the additional IBS symptoms alongside excessive farting, it may be your diet.
The NHS Trust pointed out that some foods may increase how much wind a person releases.
Foods containing a high amount of “non-absorbable carbohydrates” are key culprits.
Such foods include: artichokes, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raisins, pulses, lentils, onions, prunes, apples and Brussels sprouts.
Drinks can also cause excessive wind, such as fizzy drinks and fruit juice.
It may help to cut down on foods and drinks that promote flatulence; there are over-the-counter medicines to consider too.
One example is charcoal tablets, which help to absorb gas in the digestive system to relieve the pain of trapped wind.