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Is Holding In Gas Unhealthy?

You Asked: Is Holding In Gas Bad?

Dear Fit,
I'm not embarrassed to admit that I'm an extremely gassy person. I know it's a natural bodily function, even though I seem to do it more than the average person, but now I have an embarrassing problem. I used to work from home, so it didn't matter if I let my gas pass, but I just got a new job where I work in a big office. All our desks are in one big room, so there's absolutely no privacy. I've been there for a week now, and have just been holding it so my co-workers don't know my smelly secret. It's been hurting my belly a little, and I'm wondering if this is really bad for my body not to let it out.
— Full of Hot Air

Although most wouldn't like to admit it, we can all relate to your problem of being gassy in public. I don't blame you for not wanting to let 'em go at your new job, or any job for that matter. Who wants to admit that they're the source of smelly gas? I have some suggestions on how to curb your flatulence, so

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I really don't recommend holding it in; as you've already said, you end up with a bellyache. Plus your muscles are only physically able to hold it in for so long. So as soon as you relax, it's bound to come out at a surprising time, which can be more embarrassing than if you knew it was coming. To avoid other people knowing, when you feel the gas building up, head to the bathroom and do your business there.

All people pass gas, and it's impossible to stop flatulence altogether, but here are some things you can do to decrease the gas your body makes:

  • Chew your food slowly. Swallowing air when eating is a major cause of gas.
  • Avoid chewing gum because it encourages you to swallow air.
  • Avoid bubbly beverages as the carbonation can also cause gas.
  • Know which foods trigger your gas. Beans, apples, dairy products, eggs, wheat, broccoli, and onions are known to be gas-producers. If they cause you gas, eat them in small amounts, or avoid eating them while at work.
  • Eat lots of fiber-rich foods like veggies, fruit, and whole grains to prevent constipation, which can cause bloating and gas.

If none of this helps, it may be worth a visit to your doctor, since excessive gas can be a symptom of conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, bowel obstruction, Crohn's disease, or celiac disease. It's worth getting checked out for peace of mind.

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lenak lenak 6 years
Sometimes me and my boyfriend are in the same situation that she is...is very disturbing.
merfie23 merfie23 6 years
Food allergies are a very big culprit in excessive gas and bloating. Wheat and grains are big time bloaters for some people, yes whole grains are good for you, but if they put your gut through the ringer they are doing more harm than good. Also...Overeating will cause terrible digestive problems, that definition is different for everyone. Splitting your meals up may take the problem away. Or try http://naet.com I work for a practitioner, changed my life.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
Or Gas-X...I know someone who held it in for too long once and had to go to the doctor because of terrible pains in her stomach and back. Really....when the doctor said she just needed to fart, it all seemed so clear after that. :ponder:
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
Or Gas-X... I know someone who held it in for too long once and had to go to the doctor because of terrible pains in her stomach and back. Really....when the doctor said she just needed to fart, it all seemed so clear after that. :ponder:
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Hmm. Interesting. I don't usually "hold it in" if I'm alone or at home, but at work I don't like to let loose in front of my coworkers. I find that adding caraway seeds to my food really helps with the extra gas.
2muchtv 2muchtv 6 years
Apparently, links to wikipedia are banned. Look up hing (it's a spice). It helps with flatulence, and 1/8-1/10 of a teaspoon in a pot of beans is all you need to help prevent gas.
shaima shaima 6 years
well i dont have flatulence since i'm a girl, hello! :p and when i do, it smells vanilla..... I WISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gas are terrible, too bad it's natural
BellaVida12 BellaVida12 6 years
Very.
BellaVida12 BellaVida12 6 years
Very.
Rock-Star125929 Rock-Star125929 6 years
Interesting :)
Rock-Star125929 Rock-Star125929 6 years
Interesting :)
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