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Saturday, April 24, 2004


Of Hiccups and Farts

Hiccups and farts, one at the top end and the other at the bottom. These are two activities or actions which we do experience quite often and both can have embarassing moments if they occur at the wrong time or in the wrong company.

So why do we hiccup?
Hiccups are bursts of inspiratory (breathing in) activity. The muscles we use when we take in a breath are the intercostal muscles situated between the ribs, and the diaphragm — a sheet of muscle below the lungs.

Hiccups are usually short-lived experiences. But sometimes hiccups persist for a long period of time and can be a sign of serious underlying disease. Persistent hiccups may signify problems in the brain, spinal cord or any of the structures around the diaphragm or chest wall.
As to the best cure for them ::
Breathing into a paper bag, the best remedy, increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the lungs, relaxing the diaphragm and halting the spasms.

Farting can be embarassing and on the average it is said to occur some 14 times in an average person day. When we fart or break wind, flatus or intestinal gas is expelled through the anus. Common causes of farting includes the following :: smoking, lactose intolerance, eating certain foods eg beans, swallowing too much air, overabundance of gas producing bacteria in the colon, sweeteners like dietetic foods, sugarfree sweets and chewing gum, fizzy drinks, whole grains and bran.
Most times a fart or two or even three is harmless especially when not in the company of others and can at times be so satisfying especially when the tummy is bloated. But with company and when it smells 'noxious' and odd, it can be downright antisocial. But not all flatulence is harmless, excessive passage of flatus may be due to serious life threatening conditions like :: gall bladder disease, appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome or colonic cancer.
If you are looking for a remedy for excessively foul smelling flatus, go here [ Flatulence Deodorizer™], for simpler ones, try here and if all else fails see your local GP.




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