We all have gas, many many times a day! Why? How much gas is too much gas? Why do some foods give me more gas than others? How to prevent being gassy?
Here are a few things you should know about:
- Eating or drinking too fast, fizzy drinks, smoking, and chewing gum can make you gassy because it leads to swallowing more air.
- Air travel makes us gassy. And the changes in air pressure are the culprit. If this really bothers you, you can buy underwear lined with carbon that filters out the bad odors (yes, that exists!).
- The older we get, the more gassy we become! Digestion slows down with age and can lead to constipation and increased flatulence (that’s the medical term for gas).
- An average person farts 15-25 times a day. Sometimes more, sometimes less – but it’s usually nothing to worry about, it’s likely something you ate.
- Foods high in carbs cause more gas. Foods high in protein cause less gas.
- There are dietary supplements that reduce gas and work by breaking down the sugars in your food, making it easier to digest.
- If you feel gassy and it’s a really bad time to let it out (let’s say that you’re in a meeting), don’t squeeze your thighs, don’t hold your breath, and most of all don’t squeeze your bum – or whatever popular beliefs are. Just sit comfortably and relax and the urge to fart will go away in a few seconds… for a few minutes.