How to get rid of smelly flatulence

Updated February 21, 2017

Having some flatulence with little or no odour is a normal part of human digestion. If you experience smelly gas, your digestive system is out-of-whack. There are several reasons why this may happen, such as eating the wrong foods, eating too much and not defecating enough. Prescription drugs may cause bloating and smelly gas. There are several ways to get rid of smelly flatulence.

Keep a daily diary to track the foods you eat to find out if certain foods result in smelly flatulence. Foods such as beans, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, whole wheat flour and broccoli commonly cause gas in the digestive tract. Greasy foods are notorious for smelly flatulence because your bodywork harder to digest them.

Eliminate or cut back on eating problem foods from your daily diet. Pay attention to the amount of sugars and carbohydrates you eat, as these contribute to smelly flatulence, especially when eaten in high amounts.

Eat several small meals a day instead of three large meals. It will be easier for your body to digest the food. If you eat too much at one sitting, the food may not get properly digested. The undigested food then enters your intestines and creates smelly flatulence.

Add fibre to your diet, or take fibre supplements such as Metamucil, FiberChoice and Konsyl to help regulate your digestive system. According to, you should have at least three bowel movements each week. (Some people have more, which is normal.) Fibre helps clean out your digestive system and keeps you going regularly so smelly flatulence doesn't occur.

Eat probiotic yoghurt, such as Activia, to help keep your digestive system in order.
The yoghurt that contains live active cultures allegedly works the best. Yoghurt adds "good" bacteria to your digestive system, which helps break down the food you eat.

Talk to your doctor about prescription medications. Drugs such as Verapamil, Actonel, Glucophage, Evista, Toprol and Crestor all cause constipation and smelly flatulence. Don't just stop taking any medications you suspect are disrupting your digestive system. Consult with your doctor to find out if there are alternatives.

Things You'll Need

  • Food diary
  • Fibre supplements
  • Probiotic yoghurt
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Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.