‘The average person will fart 14 times per day’
We’ve all let out a fart from time to time, after all, we’re all human, right? But what if your farts are a little more on the regular side? Could it be a sign that something is wrong?
Let’s have a look into the world of farts and why they could be an indication to more than just a smelly odor…
YOU DRINK CARBONATED LIQUIDS OFTEN
Carbonated beverages, gum and using a straw cause air to become trapped in the colon, where it can cause up to 50 percent of excessive farts.
In some cases, this can relieve indigestion – otherwise, the carbon dioxide can lead to bloating and pain, especially those with IBD.
It’s best to stick to good old H20 or freshly squeezed juices.
YOU’RE EATING TOO MANY SWEETS
Your body can’t digest fake sugars well, like sorbitol, or xylitol (an ingredient found in sugar-free gum). These ingredients sit in the gut and ferment, which can make you pass wind.
Sweets can become a nuisance to those with digestive issues because they lack the enzyme to break these sugars, causing gas and pain.
YOU’VE MADE GREAT PALS WITH SALAD
Although healthy, some veggies like kale, cabbage, Brussels and broccoli
can contain a carbohydrate that’s difficult to digest, especially those with
digestive issues. While these greens are in your gut, they produce gas.
Take a digestive enzyme tablet before meals to prevent this from happening.
The gut and emotions are so connected by a network of nerves and neurotransmitters that scientists now state that our guts are our second brain. This means that a troubled mind can lead to a troubled gut.
It’s time to meditate or find a therapeutic outlet to soothe the body and mind.
GLUTEN OR DAIRY IS HATING ON YOU
If dairy is in your diet (something we don’t recommend), you could be lactose intolerant, meaning that your body is not producing enough ‘lactase’ (a digestive enzyme), to breakdown lactose in milk.
If gluten is in your diet (something we also don’t recommend) and you’re farting a lot, then it could be suggesting that you’re having a hard time breaking it down.
Try eliminating dairy or gluten for a few days to see if you pass less wind.
YOUR BACTERIA IS OUT OF WACK
Bacteria ferment food that we’ve eaten. This happens in the colon, however, in some cases, the bacteria can make its way to the small intestine, which causes small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. That bacteria then encounters food before it’s done digesting, and ferments together leading to gas.
If you’ve been on anti-biotics or notice stomach discomfort, try a low-FODMAP diet to help balance out gut flora.
Although passing wind has been stigmatized, it can be a gateway to understanding what is going on in that stomach of yours. All jokes aside, your butt hole can be the link to a better gut health journey.