Guess what? Humans fart at least 14 times per day (yes women too), which makes farting completely normal and natural, yet most of us have a hard time swallowing the embarrassment of occasionally ‘letting one slide’ while in public. In fact, farting is healthy and super good for your body!
Your body produces gas as part of breaking down and processing food, You also swallow air when eating, chewing, or swallowing. All of this gas builds up in your digestive tract and although some of it is absorbed, some needs to be released – naturally!
If you don’t allow your body to pass gas, then you could experience some seriously uncomfortable bloating, and even painful stomach pains.
So, what do you farts say about you?
- Scent-Free Farts
Life would be easy if this was always the case, but unfortunately, it is not. If you have lucked out with a scent-free fart, then it’s most likely caused by swallowed air. If you’re scoffing down a meal too fast, sipping on bubbly drinks, or chewing some gum then all of these could be contributing factors to your odourless fart. If you haven’t already burped it out, then it will make its way through your gut and out your butt!
If you’re doing multiple of these per day, chill out on the carbonated bevvies, slow down while you’re eating or take a break from chewing gum all day.
- Quick Farts
These cheeky little guys creep up on you when you least expect it. Have you ever been a few bites into your lunch when this one comes knocking on your door, begging to squeeze itself out? Some people freak, thinking that it has something to do with what they’re eating, but in most cases, it’s your body’s way of moving things along, or in other words making space for what’s coming. This process is called ‘gastrocolic reflex’.
- Silent But Deadly
We’ve always used these bad boy’s as a power of mass destruction, and it’s normally against loved ones. Have you ever given someone a dutch-oven? Yeah, well you know what we’re talking about then. These smelly numbers are generally filled with sulfur-rich foods, like cabbage, broccoli, kale and bok choy, as well as eggs, garlic and meat. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should cut them all out, just be aware that this is why your butt stinks and you may have a sensitive gut.
Have you ever considered that you might be sensitive to FODMAPS? They’re “Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols”. They are short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. You can also find these in wheat, apples, milk and cashews. If you have IBS, generally you can be sensitive to these foods, so have a chat with the doc about trying out a low FODMAP diet.
- Burning Farts
Have you ever done a fart and thought ‘whoa that was kinda hot, did I follow through?’ If you’re this guy/gal, then you’re most likely munching down a fair bit of spicy food. If it’s burning your mouth, then its most likely going to cause havoc on your butt too. You can thank certain receptors in your body that recognise the fiery compound found in chilli peppers as heat. So maybe chill out on the extra spicy and opt for medium, or mild.
If your hot fart is followed by wet diarrhea, then that can also irritate the anus and cause burning feelings. If you fuel up on your fiber intake by an extra serving every few days, then you’ll give your body the time to adjust to spicier food.
- Fart Clusters
If you’ve been doing bulk farts for hours on end, then your body either really likes, or really doesn’t like the food you’ve recently eaten (confusing, right?) but hear us out…
Non-smelly fart clusters, for example, can be caused by plant foods like beans, lentils, asparagus and green bananas. Inulin, a soluble fiber found in these foods, is highly gassy, but also works as a prebiotic that feeds healthy bacteria in the gut. So don’t be afraid of beans making you fart!
However, cluster farts that are on the smellier side could be a sign that you have a food intolerance. The most common being dairy, and gluten where your body lacks the enzymes to digest those foods properly. It could also be a sign that you’re backed up and need to relieve yourself. Are you constipated? That could be the reason, so you may need to uptake your fiber, dates or even laxatives.
- Big Old Super Smelly Farts
When your gut bacteria is left of centre, it can also be known as ‘dysbiosis’ but it can be responsible for some pretty smelly farts. Prebiotics and probiotics can help neutralize the bad bacteria, and in turn the dirty little trails you’re leaving behind. If your gas is always very smelly, and you’re experiencing bloating, nausea, fatigue, bleeding or weight loss then you should seek medical help as soon as possible. You may have celiac, Crohn’s or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.