Passing excessive gas can provide clues about your medical health

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Do excessive farting & flatulence provide important clues about my overall health?

The Background: The BBC recently delved into the topic and found that the process is multisystem and multifactorial. They found that there's a lot of noise out there (pardon the pun) about what's a good level of farting and flatulence health.

Who's this for?

  • Everybody.

What are some points I should focus on?

It's very normal to fart. Don't let this natural body process bring you shame. But, it's important to know that too much flatulency can be a sign of some underlying medical and health conditions.

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What should I do next?

Dr. Puja Uppal had this to say:

First: Certain diseases like Celiac Disease and Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth (SIBO) can cause a high degree of smelly flatulence.

Second: Food intolerances also contribute to the world's daily flatulence burden. For example, people with lactose intolerance or lactase deficiency can experience a lot of gas after consuming dairy products. And, on the rare spectrum: sucrose intolerance can also lead to flatulence.

Third: One of the most common reasons why we fart is lot is not directly food-related! Rather, some people tend to swallow a lot of air when they're eating or drinking. Also, keep in mind: that "mouth breathers" can take in excess quantities of air.

The Big Picture: Your body will find a way to get rid of that extra gas! If the problem remains uncontrolled, talk to your doctor and see if any further evaluations of underlying GI conditions need to be conducted. Keep in mind, that there's really no need to spend a lot of money on Over-the-Counter (OTC) products that promise to reduce gas.

Quick Tip: You can do certain yoga poses & positions to help with the natural reduction of gas within the body.

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Health Stuff TO Know provides digestible health & medical news from doctors. Expert information on the day's top health news. Dr. Puja Uppal is a board-certified physician. Dr. Uppal is Chief Medical Officer of Health Stuff TO Know & ThinkHealthy

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