Flatulence is called abdominal bloating due to the accumulation of gases in the intestine. The abdomen feels tight, and the person experiences discomfort, sometimes pain.
Normally, gas is always produced during the digestion of food as a byproduct of decomposition, and this is normal. This gas is either expelled or utilized by certain microorganisms naturally, which a person does not notice. But if the body cannot expel it due to gases being produced in large volumes, it is considered a pathological process.
In this case, intestinal gases are foam made of bubbles and mucus, which hinders digestion, weakening the necessary enzymes and preventing the absorption of necessary elements.
Physical causes of gas production and accumulation in the intestines in large amounts:
- Due to a lack of necessary enzymes (e.g., for digesting certain types of dairy food). Recall that infants also have this problem, as not all enzymes are produced by their bodies yet;
- Digestion of heavy food (legumes, some types of fiber (cabbage)), as well as low-quality food and unbalanced nutrition;
- Disruption of intestinal microflora balance (e.g., dysbiosis);
- Swallowing air during eating (aerophagia). Usually thought to affect only infants, but adults also swallow air when talking while eating (with a full mouth);
- Circulatory disturbance in the intestine (occurs in atherosclerosis, hypertension, liver and spleen diseases, etc.);
- Gastrointestinal diseases (cirrhosis, cholecystitis, colitis, etc.);
- Due to increased pressure in the intestine when quickly ascending to a height;
- Irritable bowel syndrome (due to changed sensitivity of receptors).
Psychosomatics of Flatulence
To understand the psychosomatic causes of flatulence, we need to understand the functions of the intestine on a metaphysical level. Physically, the intestine digests food and assimilates nutrients.
Metaphysically, it also performs this function but digests “informational food” coming to a person from the outside world. It helps assimilate new knowledge and ideas (nutrients for the mind and soul) and discard the unnecessary, outdated (mental and emotional waste).
Since the intestine, like any other organ, has not only a physical but also a metaphysical function, the causes of its dysfunction in the form of flatulence are not only physical but also psychosomatic.
Stresses and negative experiences (fear, etc.) are psychosomatic causes of flatulence. During such situations, glands begin to produce stress hormones, preparing the body for battle. These hormones affect intestinal peristalsis (sequential muscle contraction), causing muscle spasms (recall the expression “everything inside clenched from fear”).
Let’s focus on the psychological causes of flatulence.
- A person cannot or does not want to “digest” information – food for thought, offered by the outside world (through people or events). This occurs negatively: they dislike it, resisting new ideas. Alternatively, they “swallow” too much diverse information, failing to digest it. Alternatively, a person experiences self-hatred, unable to accept themselves. This may be interconnected with the following reason.
- Persistent memories of psychological trauma, lodged in the subconscious, agitate and do not give peace.
- A person experiences emotional discomfort due to unfinished business (this problem arises in people accustomed to completing tasks).
- A person is “bursting” with unrealized ideas. A bloated, rumbling stomach usually indicates the ambition of its owner. They are bothered that they cannot realize what they planned, due to objective or subjective reasons. They are dissatisfied with this situation and experience it as an infringement on their self-esteem.
- Fear of losing reputation, respect in society. The body unpleasantly signals the person that one cannot live only considering public opinion. Alternatively: a person experiences a strong fear of failure in something important (e.g., before an exam). Alternatively: fear of losing material things (e.g., money, if invested in something).
If these negative experiences occupy a person’s inner world for a long time, irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders, more serious pathologies, may occur.
Paths to Healing
Analysis of the causes showed that the basis of the psychosomatics of flatulence lies in two groups of negative emotions: “indigestion” (of something, someone) and fear, which are subdivided into various reasons. From here, the paths to healing emerge.
The first, concerning all types of “indigestion.” Imagine this picture: a person consumes various food necessary for life activities. But then the intestine starts rebelling: “I don’t like this, I won’t digest it.”
In psychosomatics, the same happens: the world offers “food” for human development (events, knowledge, ideas, people), and the person refuses to accept it. Conclusion: if you don’t want your intestine to emit unpleasant signals about your internal problems, then don’t create these problems – accept what life gives.
Yes, sometimes we are offered challenging situations for our spiritual growth. But they carry practical knowledge, accepting and assimilating which, we become wiser. But if we protest, hinder the assimilation of life lessons, they accumulate and at one point spill out into something serious and sad. Agree that it’s better and easier to accept and digest than to suffer.
In the case where too much diverse knowledge, both useful and not, is indiscriminately “swallowed,” one should ask: does this contribute to my development, or just accumulate as unnecessary clutter?
This is especially relevant for the modern person: the media, particularly the internet, offer very diverse information, often quite unnecessary (details of celebrities’ private lives, secondary but exaggerated events, etc.). Thus, a person lives: knows everything about what’s happening in the world, but nothing about what’s happening under their nose (in themselves, in their family, in their child’s inner world).
I think it’s not the quantity of information that determines human development (especially if the information is of low quality), but its quality.
The second, concerning fears.
I agree, a person often, from early childhood, has to deal with such a constraining feeling as fear. But as is known, fear works not so much on the negative, but also on the positive: it helps our physical and psychological body to activate survival mechanisms. When a person finds courage and overcomes fear (e.g., before an important meeting, exam, etc.), it makes them stronger.
There is another side of fear, probably known to everyone: what is feared happens. That is, a person themselves attracts and programs the unpleasant situation they avoided with their fearful thoughts. Conclusion: program a positive outcome of the matter and pleasant situations. This is within your power (it’s your head, and you are the boss, so give the corresponding command).
In any case, remember: no one from outside (of course, except for a psychotherapist, BUT, even in this case: if the cause remains inside you, the problem will return) can remove your fears and experiences for you.
There remains one very effective means: to recognize and let them go.