Getting Rid of Intestinal Gas

I Have Bad, Smelly Gas. How do I get rid of it?
Executive Summary
Passing smelly gas can be a huge embarrassment. Read on to find out what's normal and how you can alleviate bad gas.

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I Have Bad, Smelly Gas. How do I get rid of it?
Farting is one of the most embarrassing things you can do in public. Don't ask me why, since everyone farts! In fact, the average adult passes gas an average of 14 to 23 times per day. A small amount of flatulence is normal—a natural result of your digestive system processing food. However, if you find that your gas is uncomfortable, painful, smelly or just downright rank, something is wrong. It could be that you are eating unhealthy foods. Other foods, like dairy and beans, are harder for some people to digest. You could have a condition like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Unhealthy, processed foods are harder for your stomach to break down. The preservatives and chemicals keeping your snack cakes edible for twenty years can be pretty hard on your stomach. Carbonation in sodas causes bubbles in your stomach too.

You can also try masking the odor of your gas with a pill or underwear insert. Charcoal tablets naturally absorb the toxins that cause gas, rendering your gas close to odorless. Some people swear by them. Another unique product that absorbs the smell of gas is the Subtle Butt Fart Filter. The filter sticks inside of your underwear and absorbs the smell of stinky gas.

Changing what you eat and drink can help prevent gas symptoms. You could try cutting out some of the following foods:
  • Beans
  • Vegetables susch as broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, onions, artichokes and asparagus
  • Fruits like pears, apples and peaches
  • Certain whole grains like wheat and bran
  • Soft drinks and fruit drinks
  • Milk and milk products
  • Sugarfree candies, gums and sodas

Try cutting out one food at a time to see what causes you the most gas. Some people are allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant. If you find that milk is your problem, you don't have to completely give up milk products. Lactose-free milk is available, and supplements like Lactaid and Beano help you digest natural foods that cause gas, such as beans, fruits and vegetables.

If your gas is still troubling you, try keeping a food diary. Write down the foods (and the amounts) that seem to cause you the most problems. Also keep track of the number of times you pass gas. You may be surprised to find that it is within the 14 to 23 times a day that is considered normal.

If smelly gas persists, you may want to see your doctor. Take your diary with you to help you answer the doctor's questions about eating habits and symptoms.