Farting: we all do it. An average person fart 5-15 times a day . Yet if you’re passing too often in a day, it could be a sign of a larger problem. Not only will the stink alienate you from your co-workers but it can also feel seriously uncomfortable.
There are times when it seems you are exceeding this daily average. Here is why?
Not all the food we eat gets digested. Anything our small intestine doesn’t process gets passed on to our large intestine where it brews.
Unfortunately, we owe our smelliest farts to the healthiest foods. Fruit, vegetables, whole-grains and legumes all generate a stink.
2.You’re Not Absorbing Nutrients Well
“Malabsorption can be the result of lactose intolerance or things like Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” Ashe adds. If you’re noticing a build up of gas, it could be a result of improper absorption of vital nutrients that your body needs to function well.
3.You’re Taking Drugs
Drugs interfere with digestion and cause gas, bloating, and discomfort, advises Ashe. “An alteration of intestinal motility or bacteria (the colon has a normal amount of bacteria which live in it and help with digestion) can lead to increased flatus. Motility can be affected as a result of medications such as narcotics or prolonged use of laxatives. Antibiotics can alter bacteria in the intestine, cause increase flatus, as well as diarrhea,” says Ashe
4. You Are in Pain
If your gas is accompanied by abdominal pain and cramping, it could signify that your gas isn’t normal. “If flatus is accompanied by abdominal pain and bloating, you may be experiencing malabsorption and could have allergies to food and or Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” says Ashe
5. Breathing much air
There are two ‘sources’ of our farts. One is the gas produced in our large intestine. The other is the air we swallow, which makes its way through our digestive tract.
he good news is if you’re swallowing a lot of air, the farts which are a by-product tend to be odourless, rather than the silent-but-deadly variety. It’s called ‘aerophagia’ and it’s caused by eating your meals quickly, chewing gum, or drinking lots of carbonated beverages.
6.You’re Foods Sensitive
If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, especially to gluten or dairy (which are both widely prevalent), then you’re bound to experience excess gas, abdominal distention, and poor digestion. If you’re eating these foods and notice discomfort, then consider it might be outside the norm, and you should consider changing your diet.