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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

How to Stop Farting: Tips and Remedies

Farting, also known as flatulence, is a normal and natural part of the digestion process. However, some people may experience excessive or smelly farting that can cause discomfort or embarrassment. In this article, we will explain some of the common causes of farting and how to reduce it with some simple tips and remedies.

What causes farting?

Farting is the result of gas building up in the digestive tract. Some gas is swallowed when we eat or drink, especially if we do it quickly or while talking. Other gas is produced by the bacteria that live in our intestines, which help break down the food we eat. Some foods, such as beans, cabbage, dairy products, and fruits, are more likely to cause gas than others, because they contain complex sugars or fibers that are harder to digest.

The amount and smell of gas that we pass depend on several factors, such as our diet, lifestyle, health conditions, and medications. Some people may have food intolerances or allergies that make them more sensitive to certain foods and cause gas and other symptoms, such as bloating, nausea, or diarrhea. Some people may also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder that affects the large intestine and causes gas, cramps, and changes in bowel habits.

How to reduce farting?

While farting is unavoidable and healthy, there are some ways to reduce the frequency and odor of it. Here are some tips and remedies that may help:

  • Eat slowly and mindfully. Eating too fast or while talking can make you swallow more air, which can lead to more gas. Try to chew your food well and eat in a relaxed manner, without distractions. Avoid eating while walking, driving, or biking.

  • Avoid chewing gum. Chewing gum can also make you swallow more air, as well as artificial sweeteners that can cause gas. If you want to freshen your breath, try sugar-free mints or mouthwash instead.

  • Cut back on gas-producing foods. Some foods are known to cause more gas than others, such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, dairy products, and fruits. You don’t have to avoid these foods completely, as they are nutritious and beneficial for your health, but you can try to eat them in moderation and see how they affect you. You can also soak beans before cooking them or add spices like ginger, cumin, or fennel to help with digestion.

  • Try an elimination diet. If you suspect that you have a food intolerance or allergy that causes gas and other symptoms, you can try an elimination diet to identify the culprit. This involves cutting out all the potential trigger foods for a few weeks, then reintroducing them one by one and observing how you react. Some common foods that may cause problems are gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, and nuts. You may want to consult a doctor or a dietitian before starting an elimination diet, as it can be challenging and may affect your nutrition.

  • Avoid carbonated drinks. Fizzy drinks, such as soda, beer, and sparkling water, can also increase the amount of gas in your stomach. Try to limit your intake of these drinks and opt for plain water, herbal tea, or juice instead.

  • Take supplements. Some over-the-counter products can help reduce gas and bloating, such as simethicone, activated charcoal, digestive enzymes, or probiotics. Simethicone helps break up the gas bubbles in your stomach and intestines, making them easier to pass. Activated charcoal helps absorb the gas and toxins in your digestive tract, reducing the odor and discomfort. Digestive enzymes help break down the food you eat, especially if you have trouble digesting certain foods, such as lactose or gluten. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help balance your gut flora and improve your digestion. However, before taking any supplements, you should check with your doctor if they are safe and suitable for you, as they may have side effects or interact with other medications you are taking.

  • Quit smoking. Smoking can also make you swallow more air, as well as irritate your digestive system and worsen your symptoms. Quitting smoking can have many benefits for your health, including reducing gas and improving your breathing.

  • Treat constipation. Constipation can also cause gas and bloating, as the stool stays longer in your colon and allows more gas to build up. To prevent or treat constipation, you should drink plenty of fluids, eat more fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and exercise regularly. You can also use laxatives or stool softeners, but only as a last resort and under your doctor’s guidance, as they can have side effects or become habit-forming.

  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help stimulate your digestion and move the gas along your intestines. It can also reduce stress, which can affect your gut health and cause gas. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, biking, or swimming, most days of the week. You can also try some yoga poses or abdominal massages that can help release the gas and relieve the pressure.

  • See a doctor. If your farting is persistent, severe, or accompanied by other symptoms, such as abdominal pain, weight loss, blood in stools, fever, or vomiting, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, as it may indicate a more serious condition, such as an infection, inflammation, or obstruction in your digestive tract. Your doctor can diagnose the cause of your farting and prescribe the appropriate treatment, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, or surgery.


Farting is a normal and natural part of the digestion process, but it can sometimes cause discomfort or embarrassment. There are some simple tips and remedies that can help reduce the amount and smell of gas, such as eating slowly, avoiding gas-producing foods, taking supplements, and exercising regularly. However, if your farting is excessive or bothersome, you should consult a doctor to rule out any underlying conditions that may need medical attention.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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