Dr Oz did a segment on embarrassing body noises. Some body noises are normal and just embarrassing in public situations, but other times body noises can be the sign of a health issue. Doctor Oz explained what to do about belching and flatulence (farting).
Dr Oz: Belching, Acid Reflux & G.E.R.D
Dr Oz said that belching is a protective mechanism that protects your stomach and keeps it from exploding from too much air. However, belching can also be a sign of Acid Reflux, G.E.R.D. and Inflammation of Stomach Lining. Dr Oz suggested avoiding gum and carbonated beverages if you tend to burp a lot. Also, eating soup can make you burp as you sip up air along with the soup. Dr Oz also said to about the 3 G’s: Grab, Gulp and Go… meaning that you should take your time when you eat. My husband can attest to the fact that I definitely take my time… I always finish eating after everyone, no matter who we are eating with!
Dr Oz: Flatulence, Celiac Disease & IBS
Dr Oz said that flatulence is the normal way to expel gas from your body. The average person passes gas 14 times a day. When you eat something, it makes its way down to your colon which has bacteria at the end of it. Some nutrients get absorbed into the body before going all the way to the bottom, but anything that makes its way to the bottom mixes with the bacteria and forms gas. When you have gas stuck in a small area, it is like letting air out of a balloon, and hence the sound associated with farting. Dr Oz is only worried about farting as it relates to Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) because in these cases you are not absorbing food normally. For Celiac Disease, you should avoid gluten products. Dr Oz did not give advice for people with IBS, and I personally hate the category of IBS because to me it just means that the doctor could not really figure out what was wrong with you, so they just call it IBS. Or at least that was the explanation I was given by my doctor when I was diagnosed with IBS. Dr Oz did say that if you want to avoid bad smelling flatulence, then avoid sulfur rich foods like broccoli. And yogurt helps people with gas sometimes because of the probiotics found in yogurt.