The suppression of a fart is detrimental to health

Flatulence: When to do something about pupils

Farts are embarrassing, but not dangerous - actually. In some cases, people should see a doctor. Flatulence can cause another disease.

Nothing could be more uncomfortable: You are in company and suddenly you want air out of your stomach. Puffing is not necessarily considered socially acceptable. Those where the air escapes actually have a clear advantage.

What are farts?

A bacterial party in the gut, you could say. Usually only waste products arrive in the colon. However, some food components are not digested properly further up - in the stomach and small intestine. They mistakenly end up on the plate with the colon bacteria.

"They then have a big party," says nutrition expert Bettina Jagemann from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). This creates gases. If you are lucky, they escape through the air we breathe and in the form of flatulence. Otherwise, they will stick to the stomach as flatulence. And that's really uncomfortable.

What to do about flatulence

Whether there is any need for action depends on how much the air in your stomach bothers you. If the flatulence is painful or if air is constantly escaping uncontrollably and this is uncomfortable, it is worth taking a look at your own menu first. "The best thing to do is to keep a nutrition and symptoms diary," advises Jagemann.

Some foods, such as cabbage or legumes, have a flatulence. But too much fructose or carbonated drinks can increase gas formation, says the expert.

Anyone who has an idea of ​​what makes the gas or flatulence easier can just leave it off for a while and see what happens. Most of the time you don't have to go without it permanently, explains Jagemann - just maybe not drink two fruit smoothies a day. It also makes sense to move around after meals. The good old digestive walk can keep the stomach working better.

If the change in diet doesn't help, a visit to the doctor is worthwhile, says Jagemann. Flatulence can impair the quality of life and, for example, trigger heartburn. If this becomes chronic, the acid can attack the esophagus. The expert advises counteracting this in good time together with the doctor. In addition, there may be organic causes behind increased gas formation, which must also be treated.

Important NOTE: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.

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