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Flatulence

Doctor examining a patient's bloated stomach with suspected Flatulence

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We fart when we’re awake, we fart when we’re asleep, and we even fart when we’re dead. So, if you’ve been told that the Queen doesn’t fart, don’t believe a word of it! On average, most people pass gas 15 times a day, but anything up to 40 times in one day is considered normal.

The food we eat is digested and absorbed in the small intestine. Wind is produced by the digestive system as enzymes and bacteria break down carbohydrates and proteins in your food. Of course, certain foods can provide a little extra firepower, such as beans, cauliflower, cabbage, kidney beans and artichokes. In such instances, it might be wise to distance yourself from your nearest and dearest.

Some people find that yoga can help to reduce the symptoms of mild digestive issues. You can watch a yoga video tutorial for digestion here >

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I have struggled with bowel issues since I was about 18 yrs old, I am now 45, smelly farts, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation. For the last 4 years or so Ive also been feeling very tired and not sleeping properly even though Ive been sleeping a lot, it's been quite awful. Ive just had a whole range of blood test and all came back fine. I now strongly suspect that I have a serious lack of enzymes in my body for whatever reason so I dont digest any sugars at all. I have been on a diet with foods less than 2g per 100g of any sugars, and in 24 hours Ive had my energy back, all my bowel problems have gone and I feel like a new man, totally transformed. I feel 18 again!!! Im currently experimenting with enzyme supplements. Hope this helps someone.





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I have always lwet off wind and it smells but recently it is sop bad my wife is threatening to leave me.I have just started taking gastro tablets for indigestion could this be the cause of it?





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I fart all day long and they can smell really bad I've never gone to the Doctor about it so I don't know if I have IBS or whatever else could be causing this.. Would you have any ideas on why I fart so much probably up to 30-40 times a day!! Also I don't think its the food in eating.. Please help as its extremely embarrassing. Thanks





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check out and have a food intolerance test. You may have Candida.Severe smelling wind is a sign you have a faulty digestive system. A good probiotic, high strength and multi strain will help as will digestive enzymes. Good Luck

30-40 times a day is in the normal range for Humans. If you find it too embarrassing, try reducing your sugar intake and use digestion tablets- This could reduce stomach belching and smelly farts.

I am so embarassed can't stop farting continuesely.i am 54 and have I.b.s. I also have b0ad cravings in the early hours and can't go bk to sleep unless I eat somerhing





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I think I may have a gluten intolerance as when I eat bread or pizza etc.. I feel really bloated like I have a balloon animal inside me and really bad wind. is there a quick test for this. I have gone without eating anything with gluten and felt much better.





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I used to have terrible wind until I stopped eating gluten now I don't have that problem

I have suffer from excessive smelly farts. I was told probiotics would help this, I do stay away from the foods that might cause it, can you recommend a probiotic?





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I am having a mucus discharge when I pass wind is this normal?





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no it is not normal...could have a digestive order and would be a good idea to see your doctor

Hi I got really bad wind for 2 days now all day it embarrassing do not no what to do I have Ibs but it not play up would that have anythink to do with it can I take anythink for it





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I've been poorly with gastro virus but can't seem to shake it off. My stomach is gurgling and the wind is terrible up to 40 times a day and it really smells. I've had daoriea for over 3 weeks on n off now . No sickness thou





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I have the same problem. I far a lot and have been in hospital on holiday in Mexico with gastroenteritis and now 2 weeks after returning back to the UK mu darts stink so bad I have had a warning at work and my girlfriend is thinking of cancelling the wedding

I fart constantly all day. No smell just wind but it makes a noise. Often I feel like bubbles running up my bum or up the front and they make a noise when they burst. What is going on here?





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Flatulence is the medical term for passing gas from the digestive system and out of the anus (back passage). Flatulence is more commonly known as passing wind or farting. Read More »

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