Flatulence refers to the buildup and expulsion of intestinal gas (flatus) that is formed by the fermentation or food, incomplete digestion of foods (especially common carbohydrates) and/or swallowing of air. The gas buildup is alleviated by burping or by passing gas through the anus.
Symptoms of flatulence include a distended abdomen, discomfort in the abdomen, mild chest pains, or chest pains severe enough to mimic a heart attack.
Flatulence can be caused by overeating, eating too quickly, refined carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, food allergies, constipation, food intolerance, digestive disorders, intestinal disorders, stomach disorders, gallbladder disorders, nutrient deficiencies of B vitamins, excessive consumption of alcohol, parasites, emotional stress, and/or misalignment or spasm of the associated spinal vertebrae. In cases of chronic flatulence, all of these factors must be screened for and addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.
Note: When combined with bad breath and tiredness after meals, inadequate stomach acid is the typical cause of flatulence.
Caution: Chronic flatulence can be a sign of a serious gastrointestinal disorder or cancer. If you suffer from chronic flatulence, seek immediate medical attention.