Flatulence can be caused by ingesting certain types of food, the most common being dark beers, legumes, cabbages, onions, prunes, bananas and wine, notes HowStuffWorks. If these foods cannot be avoided, exercise, remaining calm and activated charcoal can help with the resulting flatulence.
The lower intestines are sensitive to stresses and can release excessive amounts of gas when disturbed. By remaining calm, one can avoid this phenomenon, recommends HowStuffWorks. The physical movement of exercise helps move food through the digestive tract, preventing the accumulation of gases in pockets. Activated charcoal absorbs gas but can interfere with some prescription drugs. Eating smaller meals can prevent excessive flatulence, as less bulk moves through the digestive tract and less air is swallowed, according to HowStuffWorks. Use of straws should be avoided, as these allow for extra air to be swallowed as well.
Pumpkin, caraway seeds and yogurt with active cultures can reduce flatulence, notes HowStuffWorks. Turmeric is the spice that can reduce flatulence most when added to food, but many others can have similar effects. Cloves, coriander, fennel seeds, lemon and rosemary all have anti-flatulent properties when ingested. Teas made from aniseed, basil, chamomile, cinnamon and ginger can also aid in the reduction of gas.