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Flatulence

Flatulence is merely our bodies trying to rid themselves of excessive gas that has built up in the stomach or intestines. Unfortunately, a little methane is also released with the gas, which can make ordinary flatulance (we all pass gas between 8 and 20 times per day) socially awkward.

Symptoms

Symptoms of flatulance include releasing gas frequently, an unpleasant odor, and sometimes cramping or abdominal discomfort.

Causes

Excessive gas can build up in the intestine or in the stomach because you are sedentary, you swallow air while chewing or you have problems digesting carbohydrates. Other foods that may cause gas include sauerkraut, dairy products and artificial sweeteners. Flatulence may also occur if you don't chew your proteins carefully enough. If you eat a diet high in fiber and lots of fruit and vegetables, flatulance is part of the deal. Some medications may also cause the problem. It can also be a result of excessive bacterial activity in the colon.

Cautions

See your doctor if your flatulence is accompanied by abdominal or stomach pain for more than three days, if you have unexplained weight loss with gas or if your pain is more severe than you've ever experienced before. Rarely, flatulence can also be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition like irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or colorectal cancer.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

Aromatherapy

Use essential oils in bath, massage or burner. Oils can either be used on their own or in a blend - basil, bergamot, marjoram, orange and peppermint.

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