Farts are a normal part of your healthy bodily functions!
But if you find yourself farting far too often…and the farts a little more smelly…
They could be red signals about your digestive health.
See, there are some things that remain unchanged from childhood to adulthood–and chuckling when you toot is one of them…and especially when alone!
Whether you blame it on the dog, or your spouse, passing gas is a normal bodily function.
However, is it possible to fart above normal? Are your daily farts trying to tell you something?
If you you have noticed that you’re overly gassy lately, there are a few things you need to know…
And as it turns out, the average person farts several times every day, regardless of socio-economic status!
So, what is it that you’re passing out?
Also known as “flatulence“, farting is simply an internal build-up of gas.
More specifically, farts are made up of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane, and hydrogen–what a lovely little gaseous cocktail…or what do you say?
Although these gases are formed during the process of respiration and digestion, the true cause of excessive gas will depend on your personal circumstances.
For the most part, farts are silent and odorless. It’s estimated that only around 1% of farts produce a foul smell.
But in any case, you need not be embarrassed. It’s quite natural, and in many cases, healthy!
In fact, a healthy person may pass gas around 15-20 times a day.
But how many times are normal? Is there a set standard?
What Causes Farting?
There are many reasons why gas may get trapped in the body, including swallowing air, constipation, and changes in microflora (gut bacteria).
Whenever you begin to experience an excessive build-up of gas, it may mean:
- You are suffering from intolerances or food allergies
- You are experiencing bacterial overgrowth
- You are constipated
- You are experiencing symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Crohn’s, etc
- Fermentation is occuring within the gut
More often than not, farting is harmless–it’s a normal metabolic function…
And for those who consume plenty of fiber-rich foods, increased flatulence may indicate a diet that promotes good health.
Take beans, for example, which are known to cause gas because they contain the type of carbohydrates that ferment in the gut.
Against this backdrop, you can’t just throw out there a “magic” number…
Because the number of times you fart during the day will definitely vary!
Do not focus too much on how often you’re farting, but why you’re passing more gas than usual.
If you notice an elevated passing of gas, start to keep tabs…
How many times did you break wind throughout the day? What did you eat?
Start to document these key pieces of information.
See, although tooting more than 25 times daily is considered excessive, if you’re farting more than that, there is still no cause for alarm!
A good rule of thumb is…if excessive gas and bloating affect your quality of life, then it’s best to get a professional advice.
In many cases, it’s something as simple as lactose intolerance. Of course, there are other possibilities you may want to address, including:
Your Eating Speed
Do your loved ones often ask you to slow down when you’re eating? Do you eat quickly while on the go? Or, perhaps you chew a lot of gum?
Either way, when you eat rapidly, you tend to swallow a lot of air. That air is made of various gases, and once it gets into your body, it has to come out somehow.
If you don’t burp it up, it will certainly come out via the other end!
What is more…
Your Gut could be Imbalanced
As mentioned earlier, a small percentage of farts are those stinky bombs that make this act utterly embarrassing…
And you would think rotten farts indicate something is the matter, but it isn’t necessarily the case.
Generally speaking, stinky gas is generally caused by the breakdown of sulfur.
And since there are many healthy foods that contain sulfur, including broccoli and beans, stinky gas does not automatically indicate poor health.
That said, if you notice that the stench of your farts is getting overly awful–and your diet is less than ideal–this could mean you have an underlying health condition.
If you’re farting often, you may think you’re unhealthy, but the truth is, passing gas can mean that your gut is being properly fed.
The healthy microbes that live in your gut are known to promote a wide range of health benefits. For these microbes to get sufficient nutrients, you must indulge foods that induce gas.
Whenever there is undigested food in the large intestines, including fiber and other hard-to-digest carbs, these microbes get to work. In turn, more gas is created…
Plus short-chain fatty acids, which promote the growth of other beneficial bacteria.
And even though it’s often recommended that you eat more probiotics, fiber is equally critical.
In a recent study published in Cell…
Researchers found that microbes need fiber in order to maintain optimal health. If they don’t get natural fiber as a food source, they can actually begin to eat the layer of mucus that lines your gut, potentially leading to infection.
So, passing wind while consuming a healthy diet is fairly normal…
But excessive gas could also mean you’re suffering from SIBO i.e. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Ordinarily, the majority of bacteria is found inside the colon, but in this case, bacteria begins to invade the small intestine.
In turn, you experience poor nutrient absorption and symptoms often associated with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Along with increased flatulence, you may also experience bloating, fatigue, skin rashes, and weight loss. If this is the case, you will need to address your current diet, including indulging herbal remedies and use of lemon balm and oregano oil.
And that’s not all…
You could be Sensitive to Gluten or Dairy
See, even if you have been eating dairy all your life without any noticeable issues…
Your system can change through the years. Over time, your body may no longer produce enough lactose.
The same is also true for those who cannot properly break down gluten–which is the case among those with celiac disease.
Whenever you believe something in your diet is to blame for any abnormal symptoms, including excessive flatulence, it’s best to try an elimination diet.
For instance, you can stop consuming dairy, and then see how your body responds.
Continue this process, focusing on FODMAP (Fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) carbohydrates, including wheat, dairy, onions, garlic, legumes, and stone fruits (cherries and peaches). These are short-chain carbs that the small intestine absorbs poorly, leading to digestive distress in some people.
Although many FODMAP carbohydrates are healthy, they can be hard to break down.
Notably, each individual is different. As such, it’s best to keep a food journal and flag any triggers. Once you understand the cause, you can create a more gut-friendly diet plan.
With everything said, the best thing is to listen to your body.
Right from hormonal changes to constipation…
There are a couple reasons why you may be tooting too often.
As mentioned early on, unless you fart over 30 times a day, or that excessive flatulence is making your life miserable, it could be that your body is just doing its thing!
Like all symptoms, your body is trying to communicate with you. The more in tune you are, the easier you’ll maintain optimal health.
So, listen to your body keenly…
And in this case, your farts will do all the talking!
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