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Can This Device Help Prevent Farts? – Forbes

Farting is really a problem around the world including Rome, because evidenced by the sign on this art gallery. (Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Is this the health advancement you’ve been long waiting for: a device that could help you prevent farts? A recent Mashable headline declared, “This digestive system can help you control your farts” regarding FoodMarble’s AIRE device. Is this true? Can the particular AIRE device really assist address a continuing global issue, one that has resulted in an unknown amount of ruined dates, botched job interviews, lost relationships, and productivity deficits each year… i. e., gas? Let’s take a clear the air about AIRE.

FoodMarble’s AIRE is supposed to work a bit like a breathalyzer, except that police won’t be using this device to determine whether you should be arrested for farting too much. Instead you exhale in to the AIRE device, which then measures the levels of gases in your breath that can be produced by eating certain foods, such as the FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides plus Polyols) ones. (The device connects to an application in your smartphone to provide you with gas level readings. ) The 2005 paper published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics by Philip Gibson and S. J. Shephard from Monash University in Australia described FODMAPS as carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that may be harder to digest so they sit in the gut and get fermented by the gut bacteria, producing gas. The Monash University researchers then hypothesized that such a situation can trigger symptoms in patients along with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and proceeded to develop a low FODMAP diet for IBS patients. They list the following examples of high FODMAP foods:

  • Vegetables: Asparagus, artichokes, onions(all), leek bulb, garlic, legumes/pulses, sugar snap peas, onion and garlic salts, beetroot, Savoy cabbage, celery, special corn
  • Fresh fruits: Apples, pears, manga, nashi pears, watermelon, nectarines, peaches, plums
  • Dairy products: Cow’s milk, yoghurt, soft cheese, cream, custard, your favorite ice cream
  • Beans
  • Breads and Cereals: Rye, wheat-containing breads, wheat-based cereals with dried fruit, wheat pasta
  • Snacks: Rye crackers, wheat-based biscuits
  • Nuts: Cashews, pistachios

And examples of low FODMAP foods:

  • Vegetables: Alfalfa, bean sprouts, eco-friendly beans, bok choy, capsicum (bell pepper), carrot, chives, fresh herbs, choy sum, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, zucchini
  • Fresh fruits: Banana, orange, mandarin, grapes, melon
  • Dairy: Lactose-free whole milk, lactose-free yogurt, hard cheese
  • Meats
  • Breads and Cereals: Gluten-free bread plus sourdough spelt bread, rice pockets, oats, gluten-free pasta, rice, quinoa
  • Snacks: Gluten-free biscuits, rice bread, corn thins
  • Nuts: Almonds (< 10 nuts), pumpkin seeds

Farting is just one particular possible symptom of IBS, which affects as many as 1 in 5 United states adults, according to the Mayo Clinic. Other possible symptoms of IBS include cramping, stomach pain, mucus in the stool, diarrhea, and constipation. Just because you fart doesn’t mean you have IBS. Actually most people who fart don’t have IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, because everyone farts… yes females too. But even if you don’t have IBS, could a low FODMAP diet reduce your gasoline and farting? Perhaps… but continue reading…

You may ask, isn’t the AIRE device measuring the wrong end… since many people don’t fart out of their mouths? Well, the AIRE device (which is currently priced $99-$149) is supposed to be a consumer-friendly version of breath tests that physicians have already been using for patients for a long time. As described in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, the hydrogen and methane gases produced by microbial fermentation of unabsorbed carbohydrate make their way through the bloodstream to lungs then into your breath, which can then become tested.

Just how then are you supposed to use the device? Well reaction to FODMAPS and other food items compounds can be quite variable. As you know, many people can chug regular yogurt, soft parmesan cheese, beans, and plums without eliciting a single toot, while others become a university band tuba section with only a small amount of dairy or fruit. Consequently , the thought is that you would try various foods and then measure how much hydrogen and methane gas appear in your own breath. This could then tell you exactly what foods to avoid so that you don’t turn into a stinker during dates, on an interview, or during meetings.

Although many causes of unwanted gas are relatively harmless (to the person passing gas), chronic gas could be considered a sign of more serious conditions (Photo: Shutterstock)

Before you purchase this device or send it to friends or co-workers to give them very strong hints, keep in mind that this device will not help prevent all farts, A number of other things can cause gas and thus geezers such as:

  • Swallowing air: which could occur when you eat too quickly, with your mouth open, while swimming, or even while crying. Also, some food items and drinks will have excess atmosphere, such as carbonated drinks.
  • Lactose intolerance: which impacts approximately 65 percent of the human population. Many lactose-filled foods such as milk now have lactose-free alternatives. Also, lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) pills are available.
  • Pregnancy: Do not make use of the AIRE device to check if you are pregnant. Other tests are better at doing that. Also, preventing farting probably should not be the sole reason to prevent pregnancy.
  • Bacterial infections: such as food poisoning.
  • Blockages from the intestine: which can take place from growths such as cancers and hernias.
  • Intestinal disorders that can cause impair foods absorption: such as Celiac disease, allergies, cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, gallbladder disease, and cancers.
  • Nerve disorders: that decrease the movement of intestines
  • Stress: Yes, a merciless irony is that being nervous about farting during a date or a job interview can actually lead to farting

Thus, the AIRE gadget is not exactly the fart panacea, a fart vaccine, or the fart avoidance device. It doesn’t address all reasons behind farts and instead is designed to take action more specific. If you really have a major farting problem (or other chronic digestive symptoms), you may want to see your doctor to ensure that something more serious isn’t happening, instead of relying solely on a device to tell you what to do. (Yes, as you can see by of the list of possible conditions, in some instances, being silent about farting could even be deadly. ) Moreover, without more data from published clinical tests, it is not yet clear how accurate the AIRE device may be. Set up AIRE device were as precise as more expensive hydrogen breath testing used by doctors, hydrogen breath lab tests in general may produce misleading outcomes (many false positives and false negatives), as described in a evaluation published in Gut, arguably one of the best scientific journal names. Therefore , prior to using the device, you may want to check with your physician first. A good doctor should take your farts (or any other chronic digestive system problem) seriously.

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