Although you may have had great success with sound gases as a child, in the adult world they won't help you make friends and not many people will like you. However, putting up with gas can cause health problems, such as inflammation, indigestion and heartburn, and the expulsion of gas is a natural and necessary phenomenon that is done every day. You shouldn't feel embarrassed about having to take a gas, but you can minimize the sound and smell by adjusting your diet and your daily habits to reduce its frequency.
Method 1 of 3: Minimize the sound and smell of gas
Step 1. Let the gas out slowly
Rather than letting it out quickly, which will likely cause a loud noise, take the time to slowly release it. To do this, tighten your abdominal muscles and inhale and exhale very deeply as you let the gas out. Pulling it out slowly will reduce the noise caused when it comes out from the butt.
Step 2. Cough loudly or make a loud noise
You can distract your attention by coughing or sneezing forcefully while letting out the gas. This can help you cover up the noise.
You can also make a loud noise while pretending to talk on your cell phone or turn on the music in the living room before turning off the gas. This could muffle the noise that inevitably arises with gases
Step 3. Walk while releasing the gas
Another option is to do it while you're on the go so the sound and smell don't stop around you. Doing so will allow you to be absent when someone senses or hears the smell, and you won't have to take any blame when the smell is discovered.
Try to walk into an empty room or area so that you can finish venting when no one is around. That way, you won't have to feel embarrassed about letting out uncomfortable gas
Step 4. Leave the room or area
Before you turn off the gas, get up and try to clear the area so you are not in a crowd or near a lot of people. That way, you can go to another room or area and release the gas to your liking.
If you're on a crowded train, for example, try to get to an empty car before letting off the gas. If you're in a crowded office, head over to an empty meeting room or common area and get it out there so no one can be offended by the sound or smell
Step 5. Spray an air freshener
You can mask the smell of fumes by spraying an air freshener on the area or using the perfume of a hand cream to prevent the odor. Rub the scented cream on your hands after releasing the gas so that the perfume disguises any bad odors that may linger in the air.
Method 2 of 3: Adjusting Your Diet to Reduce Gas
Step 1. Soak beans before eating to avoid flatulence
It is clear that eating beans can cause gas. You can reduce the ability of beans to produce gases by soaking the dried beans before cooking. Eating dried beans instead of canned beans can also reduce the inflammation and gas associated with them.
Use fresh water to boil the dried beans, as using the water from the soak can give you more gas
Step 2. Eat fewer vegetables and fruits that cause gas
Although fruits and vegetables are essential for maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, some fruits and vegetables can cause you to have more gas. You can reduce the need to release a gas by cutting back on certain fruits and vegetables that cause gas.
- Eat fewer apples, peaches, bananas, pears, apricots, and raisins. You should also avoid prune juice, as it can cause your digestive tract to produce more gas.
- Eat fewer artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green peppers, onions, radishes, celery, carrots, and cucumbers.
Step 3. Cut down on dairy products, like milk and cheese
Many of the products made from milk can cause gas and bloating. Cut down on dairy products, like cheese, milk, and ice cream.
You should also avoid packaged foods that contain lactose, such as bread, cereal, and salad dressings
Step 4. Cut down on carbonated beverages
Carbonated drinks contain a lot of gas and this can lead to high levels of gas in the body. Drink less soda, sparkling water, or carbonated fruit drinks and instead drink water to stay hydrated.
You can reduce the amount of gas in carbonated drinks by leaving them outside and open for a few hours, until the carbonation subsides
Step 5. Cut down on alcohol
Alcohol, like beer and wine, can cause bloating, indigestion, and gas. Beer primarily releases carbon dioxide when consumed, causing a build-up of this gas and possibly a release of gas afterward.
If you like to drink alcohol, such as beer and wine, drink it slowly and at your own pace. By taking your time to drink it, you can swallow less air, which will cause less gas to build up in your body
Method 3 of 3: Adjust Daily Habits to Reduce Gas
Step 1. Chew food slowly when you eat
When you eat too fast, you swallow more air with each bite, causing air to build up in your body and then feel the need to release it. Slow down and chew each bite at least two to four times before swallowing. This will help the body properly digest food and reduce gas build-up.
Step 2. Avoid chewing gum and eating candy
Although you may chew gum after eating or eat hard candy after a meal to freshen your breath, it can make you feel more gas afterward. Chewing gum and eating candy will increase the amount of air you take in, causing more air in the body and the need to release it later.
Step 3. Cut down on tobacco use
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can increase the amount of air you take in and lead to a build-up of air in your body. Reduce the number of cigarettes or cigars you smoke each day to reduce the need to release gas.