Fart, Flatus, puke, toot, or breaking wind. Whatever you call it but it turns out to be an embarrassing moment when a smelling gas slips out in a public place. Many people wonders and want to know the reasons why it happens. Whats are the reasons that cause you to fart? After spending hours in research, we are here with some reasons that can cause you to fart.
A large amount of gas in our stomach or intestines can cause us to get bloated and gassy and this is the main reason for our farting. By farting, our body gets rid of the gas in our stomach or intestines. In some cases, a fart can stink so badly that it can go too high to heaven. The main reason for this smelly wind is because this gas escapes from your anus that contains sulfur. This sulfur can cause an odor smell to gas while farting.
Do you fart a lot?
When you have gas in your stomach or intestines, it seems obvious that you fart a lot. Many symptoms can tell you that you have gas in your stomach or intestines and you must be aware of them. These symptoms are:
In this situation, people fart as much as thirteen to twenty-one times a day. This number may increase in the worst scenarios. Research shows that most people have around 0.5 to 1.5 liters of gas floating around in the digestive system.
Lots of burping
It usually happens during or after the meal. If you are burping a lot during or after the meal, it may be because you have swallowed a large amount of air while you were eating. This swallowed air didn’t reach the stomach and hence escapes through the mouth.
It happens when your stomach feels swollen or full of gas. Due to some reasons, this gas is not expelling through burp or farting. It condition can cause a stuffed feeling. You can feel uncomfortable in this situation.
Pain in your stomach
In this condition, the stomach feels full and due to some reasons, the gas in the stomach is stuck in it and doesn’t move through the intestines. Hence this causes uncomfortableness and pain in your stomach.
Things that cause you to fart
In everyday life, everybody farts and expels gas that is in their digestive system. But some things make every person fart more than normal.
While eating or drinking something, it is normal to swallow an amount of air with it. As a result, this swallowed air expels through burping or farting. There are some foods or drinks that cause you to inhale more than normal when you eat or drink them. Some of these foods and drinks are:
- Drink too quickly
- You also swallow air when you do some things
- Eat too quickly
- Carbonated sodas, seltzer water
- Chewing gum
- Hard candies
- Wear loose-fitting dentures
After you swallow air while eating or drinking, some of this air goes to your stomach and expels through farting and the remaining air expels through burping.
Bacteria in the large intestine
Usually, foods like sugar, fiber, or starches do not wholly digest in your stomach or small intestine. These undigested particles then move into your large intestine and there, bacteria start to decompose them. This decomposition results in smelly farts.
Eating gas-producing foods
Some of the foods are known for producing gas. These foods are:
Sweets like xylitol, sorbitol, and mannitol can cause you to bloat and create gas in the stomach.
Cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
Kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans
High fructose fruits
Mangos, apples, watermelon
Different sodas like the combination of carbonation and sugar produce gas.
IBS stands for Irritable bowel syndrome causes gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Many people want to try to eliminate certain foods that create gas. People who have IBS diets and eat foods that can have low FODMAP values. FODMAP stands for Fermentable oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. These are the carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that your body doesn’t easily digest.
Studies suggest that when our body starts hormonal changes, this will increase the gas in our body. Scientists are not sure about due to what reason, these hormonal changes increase gas in the human body. They are not sure if this increase in gas is due to progesterone or estrogen. In a survey, when questioned postmenopausal women, they replied that they had changes in their bowels, such as excess farting.
YOU’RE LACTOSE INTOLERANT
Lactose intolerance appears when your body does not have enough of an enzyme called lactase. Due to this lactose intolerance, your body did not completely digest the lactose found in milk and dairy products. This results in excessive farting when you eat dairy products. Lactose intolerance is very uncomfortable and sometimes it is very embarrassing when you fart in public. Lactose intolerant people can substitute milk and dairy products for other products like coconut milk, almond milk, and cheeses made from nut fats, etc.
Celiac disease or CD is a rare disease that can be found rarely in humans. Those people who suffer from this disease have excessive bloating and farting. So these people avoid social or public gatherings because of the embarrassment and discomfort of this disease. This disease has many complications like malabsorption, anemia, osteoporosis, or internal lymphoma.
According to scientific studies, CD is a very rare disease. In most cases, people have other diseases like lactose intolerance, pancreatic insufficiency, irritable bowel disease, or an overgrowth of bacterial growth in the intestines and they think that they have CD disease. If you are diagnosed with CD, you should have a proper gluten-free diet because it can reduce CD symptoms
If you are diagnosed with fructose intolerance, your body is unable to digest fructose a simple sugar in fruits. To overcome symptoms of this disease, you should not eat high fructose foods. By eliminating high fructose foods you will be safe from the side effects of this disease like farting and bloating.
The main reason for this disease in people is that they lack an enzyme that helps break down the fructose. This condition has many complications like hypoglycemia or low blood sugar or liver problems.
Scientific studies show that smoking contributes to the excessive farting problem although it doesn’t cause farting directly. Smoking has many complications like causing heartburn, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, and some liver diseases. These diseases affect your digestive system that results in bloating and farting.
CONSTIPATION AND HOT FARTS
Hot farts are the result of constipation. In constipation, the body’s gastro system doesn’t work correctly, so you get backed up. This leaves less room for the gas to move around. As result you are unable to pass as much gas, so your farts come out hot or warm. Other things cause hot farts. These things include diarrhea, spicy foods, and too tight of pants.
EATING HIGH SULFUR FOODS
Eating high sulfur foods and drinks causes trouble for some people. These foods and drinks are:
- Grape juice
- Dried fruits
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage
- Apple juice
- Alum vegetables like onions, garlic, chives, leeks, and shallots, etc
- Certain high sulfur nuts, grains, and meats cause you to fart more than usual.
TOO MUCH FIBER
If you eat a lot of fiber, then it can cause a problem in the case of overeating. Some parts of plants can cause problems for some people and their digesting system is unable to digest these plants. So these undigested crabs get to the large intestine. In the large intestine, bacteria in the bowels start to ferment, which produces smelly farts. To overcome this problem, eat a balanced diet of grain and other food so you won’t overload your gut.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSES OF FARTS
In a public or social gathering, farts can be embarrassing, especially in the case of stinky ones. But there is no problem with farting as they are a natural part of the human body’s digestive process. So don’t worry and go ahead. Just have someone nearby who you can blame for the eruption.