Friday, September 27, 2013

Home Remedies to cure bad Fart Smell (Flatulence)

Farting or passing wind is a natural and normal human activity that cannot be avoided. It may be embarrassing for most of us as our society consider farting to be inappropriate and offensive for most social situations. Farting is also recognized as flatulence. Generally, farts are odorless but sometimes they are smelly. Smelly farts are not only embarrassing but also cause social isolation, depression and poor self-esteem. They even point out underlying digestive problems. Bad fart smell can be treated by making changes in diets and trying home remedies. If you are prone to smelly farts, here are simple yet effective home remedies to cure it and tips to prevent it.

Woman holding her nose due to bad smell

On an average, a human being farts at least 10 to 25 times a day to release intestinal gas. Smelly flatulence is caused by many reasons. The most common is the improper digestion. Poor digestion causes the food to ferment which leads to smelly farts. Other reasons are certain food items, swallowing air, eating too much, some antibiotic medicines, digestive system disorder and eating the wrong foods. Foods such as dairy products, legumes, beans, cauliflower, eggs, cabbages, onions, bananas, pineapple, radishes, prunes, wine, meat, broccoli, corn, bell peppers, raisins, papaya, coconut and dark beer are notorious for producing bad-smelling flatulence.

Home Remedies for Bad-Smelling Farts

1. Yogurt

Add natural probiotics in your daily diet to restore the microbial balance in the digestive tract. Intake of yogurt or buttermilk increases the amount of healthy bacteria in the intestines and promotes digestion. You could even consume probiotics or supplements drinks daily.

2. Lemon water

Drink one glass of warm lemon water daily in the morning. This will prevent indigestion and thereby cure bad fart smell. To make lemon water, add 2-3 tsp lemon juice and honey to a glass of lukewarm water. You can also drink lemon water (without honey) before each meal.

3. Spearmint and Ginger

Make a mixture of spearmint (3 parts) and ginger (1 part). Add 1 tsp of this mixture to a cup of hot water and strain it. Drink it in the morning on a regular basis.

4. Carminative Herbs Tea

Mix balm, chamomile and peppermint in equal amounts. To make tea, add 1 tsp of this herbal mixture into ½ cup of boiling water. Let the mixture steep for couple of minutes and take it in mouthful doses.

5. Herbal Tea

Take a bowl, combine equal amount of blessed thistle, buckbean, centaury and germander. Add one teaspoon of these combined herbs to a cup of boiling water. Consume 1 to 2 tbsp of herbal tea before meals.

6. Fennel Seed and Garlic

Try to include fennel seeds and garlic to your diet as they absorb gas-producing compounds. You can even eat a handful of fennel seeds after meals for proper digestion.

7. Peppermint

Chew on a piece of peppermint/ peppermint leaves before and after a meal or you can add a drop of peppermint oil to hot tea for controlling flatulence smell.

8. Caraway Seeds (Persian cumin)

Drink the mixture of caraway seeds and hot water daily to prevent gas formation.

9. Black Pepper and Ginger Powder

Mix 1 tsp of each black pepper powder and ginger powder with one glass of warm water. Consume it an hour after every meal.

10. Brandy

Take a glass of warm water and add 2 tbsp. of brandy. Drink it daily before going to bed.

11. Ginger

Take fresh ginger and cut into slices. Soak the slices in lemon juice for about 1 hour. Chew a few slices after meals.

12. Lemon Juice

Add lemon juice (one lemon) and baking soda (1/2 tsp.) into a glass of water. Drink it daily.

13. Ginger Powder

Take one glass of warm water and add ½ tsp. of dry ginger powder. You can add a pinch of black salt. Drink this mixture once a day.

Tips to Prevent Smelly Flatulence

  • Eat five small meals instead of three huge meals during the day.
  • Stay away from farty foods.
  • Increase the intake of fiber rich foods.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food properly.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks, chewing gum, tea, coffee, smoking and alcohol.
  • Consume a balanced diet that includes more fresh fruit.
  • Don’t talk and laugh while eating to prevent swallowing of excess air.
  • Take enzyme pills to promote digestion.
  • Drink green tea regularly.
  • Cook vegetable thoroughly before consuming.
  • Drink plenty of water to get rid of stinky farts. Never drink water during meals.


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