Flatus phobia!

Which gas are we talking about today? Well not about those used for cooking purpose or used as fuel in car, gas produced by humans, an  intestinal byproduct, like it or not truly yours. Before we talk of gas phobia let me  share some bland but interesting statistics you might be interested in and some of those might keep your mouth wide open in wonder. Instead of writing a boring statistics report here is a quiz for you (answers are below the questions):

Q.1 Which sex produces more gas?

  • males
  • females

Q.2 Is there any relation between gas’s odor and sound

  • no
  • yes

Q.3 In a day based on how many times gas is passed by a person which sex scores more

  • women
  • men
  • both passes same number of times per day

Q.4 Odor of gas produced is more foul in

  • men
  • women
Answers:
  1. males (since they are larger than women)
  2. no
  3. both passes same number of times per day
  4. women
Hope you are done with the quiz, that’s statistics no matter you like it or not.

When I called it gas phobia I tried to mean it in two forms one talking about it publicly and another passing it publicly. Few things let me share here in this regard, some of it may be known to you some not. Passing intestinal gas is completely  a normal biology of us and let’s confront it bravely. Healthy people generally pass gas ten to twenty two times daily.

Why we need to talk about it? Its more important for children who generally are scolded or humiliated for the act when done publicly. Children are sometimes so sensitive that they might take our instructions as final and always avoid passing gas publicly and hold it inside; which is detrimental and can cause pain in abdomen to stomach cramps to a headache even.

How to know if we are passing too much gas? An easy way might be (although I would prefer calling it cumbersome) counting total number of flatus event in a day (obviously you need to note the numerics in a paper or your new generation smart phone whatever you choose) and see if it’s with in the above mentioned normal limits. Even if its more than normal  its unlikely to be harmful but if having other symptoms like pain abdomen or loose stool etc. a health check might be of worth.

Mostly we produce excess gas when we eat more or eat fast or drink carbonated drinks. Also certain vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, onions, peas, cabbage, cauliflower etc are blamed too. Logic of eating more or eating fast and more gas production is as following: while doing so we tend to swallow a lot of air and part of which knock the other door to escape. Fried foods are also counted in the bad odor producing food list. There are a bunch of medications which can contribute (some are available over the counter) since they might increase certain bacterial flora in gut (intestinal bacterial flora one of the chief participants in gas production so any thing provokes their toll and induce increased gas generation). Products like meat and fish don’t contribute to too much gas.

One particular food product is a must to mention, that is dairy product, if you think that’s the culprit you may consider a few days vacation from dairy food and check if any change of gas production, this might need physicians help hence a condition called lactose intolerance might be a possibility. So being a good chooser of foods and bit of discipline to eat food slowly, in small amounts and in multiple times might be a good tool to decrease the gas and odor.

Another interesting way is there to get freedom from the odor part, no not talking of room fresheners rather talking of certain briefs (underwear) which are said to be fitted with charcoal which will absorb the odor at perfect place and time leaving the normal air fragrance untouched, but wearing such products and moving around……………..can’t discuss this issue anymore, should shut up here!

Phobia by RaeLogan
Phobia by RaeLogan

You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference: Link1, Link2, Link3

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