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What Your Farts Are Trying To Tell You

Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading publisher of daily alternative health tips that I personally read every day…

By Krista Hillis,

There are some things that remain unchanged from child to adulthood — and giggling when you toot is one of them. Whether you blame it on the dog or your husband, passing gas is a normal bodily function. However, is it possible to fart too often? Are your daily farts trying to tell you something? If you have noticed that you’re overly gassy lately, here’s what you need to know.

What are farts, anyway?

The average person farts nearly every day, so what is it that we’re passing? Also known as “flatulence,” a fart 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, eh

Although these gases are formed during the process of respiration and digestion, the true cause of excessive gas will depend on personal circumstances. For the most part, farts are silent and odorless. It’s estimated that only around one percent of farts produce a foul smell.

No need to be embarrassed. It’s quite natural and, in many cases, healthy! In fact, a healthy person may pass gas around 15 to 20 times per day. But is that a “normal” standard?

What causes farting?

There are a number of reasons why gas gets trapped in the body, including swallowing air, constipation and changes in microflora. When someone begins to experience an excessive buildup of gas, this may mean:

  • You’re suffering from intolerances or food allergies
  • You’re experiencing bacterial overgrowth
  • You are constipated
  • You are experiencing symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, etc.
  • Fermentation is occurring within the gut

More often than not, farting is harmless. It is a normal metabolic function. And for those who consume plenty of fiber-rich foods, increased flatulence may indicate a diet that promotes positive health. Take beans, for example, a food that’s known to cause gas. This is due to the type of carbohydrates which ferment in the gut.

In that sense, I’m not going to throw out a “magic” number. How many times you fart during the day may vary. Do not focus too much on how often you’re farting, but why you are passing more gas than usual. What other symptoms, if any, have you noticed?

Am I an excessive farter?

If you have noticed that you’re overly gassy lately, start to keep track. How many times did you break wind throughout the day? What did you eat? Start to document these key pieces of information.

Although tooting more than 23 to 25 times daily is considered to be more than normal, if you’re farting more than that, there’s still no need to panic. A good rule of thumb is this: if excessive gas and bloating affect your quality of life, then it’s best to get a professional opinion.

In many cases, it’s something as simple as lactose intolerance. If you’re suffering from excessive gas and bloating, however, you may want to focus on the following possibilities:

1. You’re a fast eater

Do your loved ones often tell you to slow down when you’re eating? Do you eat quickly when you’re on-the-go? Perhaps you chew a lot of gum? Either way, when you eat rapidly, you tend to swallow more air. Once that air (made up of various gases) gets into your body, it has to come out somehow. If you don’t burp it up, you may find that it’s coming out the other end.

2. Your gut is imbalanced

As mentioned, a small percentage of farts are those stinky bombs that make this act so embarrassing. You would think that rotten farts indicate something is the matter, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Generally speaking, stinky gas is generally caused by the breakdown of sulfur.

Since there are many healthy foods that contain sulfur, including broccoli and beans, stinky gas does not automatically indicate poor health. With that being said, if you notice that the stench of your farts is overly awful — and your diet is less than ideal — this could mean you’re suffering from an underlying condition.

If you’re farting often, you may think that you’re unhealthy. But the truth is, passing gas can mean that your gut is being properly fed. The healthy microbes that live in our gut, are known to promote a wide range of health benefits. In order for these microbes to get nutrients, we must eat foods that cause gas.

When there’s undigested food in the large intestine, including fiber and other hard-to-digest carbs, these microbes get to work. In turn, more gas is created — as well as short-chain fatty acids, which promote the growth of other beneficial bacteria.

Farting is healthy, just not too much

I think this is important to mention, as it’s often recommended that we eat more probiotics. However, fiber is equally critical. Based on a recent study, published in Cell, researchers found that microbes need fiber in order to maintain optimal health. When they do not get natural fiber as a food source, they can actually begin to eat the layer of mucus that lines the 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, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Normally, the majority of bacteria is found inside the colon, but in this case, bacteria begins to invade the small intestine.

In turn, individuals 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. Implement herbal remedies, including the use of lemon balm and oregano oil.

3. You’re sensitive to gluten or dairy

Even if you have been eating dairy your whole life without any noticeable issues, your system can change as you age. Over the course of time, your body may no longer produce enough lactase. The same is true for those who can not 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. Stop eating all dairy, for instance, and then see how you feel. Continue this process, focusing on FODMAP carbohydrates, including wheat, dairy, onions, garlic, legumes and stone fruit (cherries and peaches).

Although many FODMAP carbohydrates are healthy, they can be hard to break down. Each individual is different, so it’s best to keep a food journal and identify key triggers. Once you better understand the cause, you can create a more effective action plan.

Listen to your body

From hormonal changes to constipation, there are a number of reasons why you may be tootin’ more often. As mentioned, unless you fart a lot (30 or more times daily), or you’re finding that excessive flatulence is affecting your quality of life, your body is more than likely just doin’ its thing.

Like all symptoms, your body is trying to communicate with you. The more in-tune you are, the easier it will be to maintain positive health. So, listen to your body. In this case, your farts will do all the talking.

The original source of this article is found here



About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. I had kale for lunch with mash potatoe chicken in breadcrms and Yorkshire puddings and gravy and I only have black tea and I use honey not sugar. I also have Ready Break for breakfast x x x I don’t have milk I only eat little chicken n fish

    • Remember – kale is (leaf) cabbage.

    • In my case, I believe flatulence is caused by the following a) an overactive stomach. It is overactive with normal food, it is overactive with difficult-to-digest food and and it is overactive with imaginary difficult-to-digest food e.g. an ulcer.
      Due to having had ulcers for many years before I cleared them up, my stomach is not 100%. I believe that that not all food is being fully digested, that undigested food passes to the small intestine and colon where it is digested by bacteria and the bacteria produce gas as part of digesting process.
      Finally, I do not agree with the statement by the article-writer that ” For the most part, farts are silent and odorless. It’s estimated that only around one percent of farts produce a foul smell” . I would suggest that 99% of farts produce a smell.

  2. years ago in the USAF (Reserves mostly) every so many years we had to attend an altitude chamber class, and ride. Like TopGun yes. On the assent they told us “DO NOT HOLD IT IN”, belches or farts. As one climbs in altitude, especially quickly, that gas has to go! When we dropped our masks at ‘altitude’ OMG the smell. In the cockpit it was always polite to claim ownership and discreetly say over interphone “Howdy” when passing gas.
    In our older years especially it can also occur during sex! Either gotta both laugh, or ignore

  3. I have issues of bloating I hate it if my stomach is bloated my entire day is awful I eat healthy organic lifestyle I’m a juicer I’m 53 yrs old I go to the Gym I just dont know what to do

    • Cut down on the juicing, it removes fiber from Whatever you are juicing and makes it harder to digest. Is also raises your sugar consumption .

    • stop juicing. you must chew your food so the saliva can help digestion.

    • Just take enzymes. Juicing is great for you if done in the right combination. Check out Gerson Therapy. He used green drinks and carrot/apple juices plus detox to cure cancer patients and later the chronically ill, like people with autoimmune disorders.

  4. Gut bacteria can be adversely affected by medications like Metformin. Diabetic friends and I notice the extra smelly gas we produce since going on the drug. Drug makers call it a side affect LOL.

  5. No one can digest gluten! No one! Check the study done in 2015 which showed EVERYONE (100%) of persons who ate gluten had intestinal damage after eating it. EVERYONE! It is not a human food. Only rodents can digest it fully. No one should be eating wheat, barley or rye. It was apparently originally a famine food but I will never eat it again. It made me sick for over 60 years. No more! When I need a famine food, I stick to potatoes.

  6. I must be feeding men in my family some good eats cause they pass some “stinky” gas!

  7. Onions do it for me. Normally my farts are virtually odorless. But if I eat a lot of onions, my farts could gag a maggot.

  8. Cultures differ on farting. Around the turn of the century a Japanese bride marrying into our family farted and was so embarrassed she committed suicide. The family said they understood why she did it, to preserve honor. At present, farting and four and a half dollars will buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

  9. If you enjoy farting, best formula is: Tin of anchovies, half a can of hummus, 2-3 cloves of garlic and a stout beer. The smell can bring tears to a seasoned fart-smeller’s eyes.

  10. I have a problem with explosive gas. It just comes out & I cant control it. Anyone know why? Please help!! I’ve asked doctors, & they dont know why.

  11. Sheila Petersen

    I have a cycle of fowl smelling farts it starts with fowl smelling burps. Then the next day comes the farts. They are so bad everyone leaves the room this goes on for 5-12 days then comes the diarrhea for 2 days. Then I feel sick and throw up at the same time as the diarrhea. Then it stops for a week sometimes two weeks. Then it starts all over again. I can’t stand being in the same room with myself. This has been going on for over six months now.
    I don’t know how to stop it. I have looked it up. Trued So many remedies. To no avail.

  12. Sheila Petersen

    I have a cycle of fowl smelling farts it starts with fowl smelling burps. Then the next day comes the farts. They are so bad everyone leaves the room this goes on for 5-12 days then comes the diarrhea for 2 days. Then I feel sick and throw up at the same time as the diarrhea. Then it stops for a week sometimes two weeks. Then it starts all over again. I can’t stand being in the same room with myself. This has been going on for over six months now.
    I don’t know how to stop it. I have looked it up. Trued So many remedies. To no avail. Any suggestions?

  13. I learned several years ago that commercially over-processed ingredients, which permeate nearly all commercially prepared foods, are what make farts get stinky. Commercial medicines also make for stinky farts.

    For the past three years we have eliminated all foods with commercial chemicals added as ingredients. We still fart normally due to our high grain and high vegetable diet, but our farts are never stinky. In fact, they have no smell at all.

    I am convinced that the smell of farts is due to a chemical reaction with certain food additives and commercial medicines, and has nothing to do with natural foods.

    I have also discovered that one of the worst food additives of all is any kind of commercially processed calcium. Apparently, high temperature and high pressure distorts the structure of calcium molecules in a significant enough way that the calcium negatively affects nerve structure. This causes constipation, hardening of the arteries, calcified teeth, and bone pain. And if you look up the symptoms of calcium supplements at the Mayo Clinic, these are the exact symptoms you could expect from commercial calcium supplements. I eliminated all commercially processed calcium supplements from my food and medicine, and my chronic constipation disappeared, my hypertension disappeared (requiring no more blood pressure medicine), and my bone pain significantly disappeared. I discovered this dietary change because I had a calcified tooth without infection, which my dentist couldn’t understand. After two hours of his time, he couldn’t get rid of the pain, and so I took the pain home with me, and suspecting artificial calcium was the cause, I eliminated all foods containing calcium additives, and in three days, the calcified tooth pain was completely gone. That is also when I noticed all the other symptoms had disappeared.

    If you have stinky farts, this is the clear sign that you are eating commercially processed chemicals in your diet, and that you need to eliminate them.

    I found that dandelions (any part of the plant) are rich in natural calcium (and potassium), but the best natural calcium supplement is powdered hackberry leaves and berries. The quality and quantity of natural calcium in hackberry is unsurpassed by all other supplements.

  14. Once I read this article. I started laughing. But anybody that knows me. Knows that I fart a lot. So I stink out gut whole world. Big deal. I’m never embarrassed when I fart. I’m the king of farts. And everybody knows it. Fart to live and live to fart.

  15. I have the very same issues. I saw a gastro MD recently, I had colonoscopy and gastroscopy.(all clear)
    I have diabetes and gastric reflux and constipation. No real why answers, maybe meds ECT.

  16. I pass gas very frequently and has such a bad odor it really embarrasses me. It makes no difference what I eat. Many times I also pass fecal matter and soil myself-but I’ve not felt anything come out (except the gas passing). What can this mean? I’ve asked my dr but she says passing gas is normal.

  17. I had problems for years. Went to all kinds of docs and had all kinds of test one doctor gave me the Fodmap diet and it was onions. I still have to watch what I eat but onions really cause a big problem.
    That Ben is so funny.

  18. Ayurveda, the ancient health care system of the Hindus, teaches that when the body is in balance, the person will NOT pass gas. When I first heard this, I thought it was preposterous since I had seen the standard information that passing up to 20 liters of gas a day is normal. However, since learning how to keep my body in balance, now I often go days without passing gas. If I do, I can trace it to some way that my body has become out of balance and I know how to correct it. Look up Ayurveda.

  19. I have the same problem .bulging tummy, extreme gas where is smells of nothing I eat .I cannot go out & my husband refuses to sleep in the same room…I think I may internally combust at times .This never happened when Iwas young…..helpppppp

    • My suggestion is to please try going gluten free for a month.
      If you must eat breads eat ONLY sourdough as it has no yeast and will not spike your blood sugar.
      Most of us older citizens grew up eating everything and most was not processed. GMO ,organic grass fed all make a huge difference. for me it was watching and listening to my “gut”. I eat fast food once or twice a year, ’cause it sure is tasty but it “releases” quite easily the next day, ewww!
      I love hoppy IPAs but those micro brews have yeast which does me no favors.

    • Have you tried a natural detox program? I had bulging stomach, extreme gas, and flip flopping between constipation and diarrhea. I am now on my first week of a detox program and all that has stopped.

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