What Is Flatulence?

Flatulence is a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal also known as your digestive tract. Flatus is gas in or from the stomach or intestines, produced by swallowing air or by bacterial fermentation. Gas in the digestive tract is not a subject that most people like to talk about, but the truth is that all of us have it and must get rid of it in some way. Normally, gas passes out through the rectum or is burped through the mouth. These are both necessary functions of the body that allow us to eliminate gas. When gas does not pass out of the body easily, it can collect in some part of the digestive tract, causing bloating and discomfort. Even normal amounts of gas in the body can bother people who are sensitive to this pressure.

  • The passing of gas is a normal bodily function that often helps people feel relief.
  • Some people experience excessive gas, which may make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Gas is caused by swallowed air and the food we eat.
  • People can often control their gassiness through diet.

(Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health)