Everybody farts but rarely do we ever talk about it. In case you are worried, passing gas is normal and even healthy. It is estimated that the average adult breaks wind around 14 times a day, emitting anywhere from half a liter to more than 2 liters of gas over a 24-hour period.
But what if you are above average when it comes to this flatulence fact? Is Excessive Gas ever Cause for worry?
In this blog, we will get to the bottom of these important questions and talk about what to do about excessive gas.
How much gas is too much gas?
As we said earlier, the average adult can produce up to 2 liters of gas daily (most of which happens when we are sleeping). But what if you feel like you exceed this 2-liter threshold, and break wind more frequently than others?
There can be various reasons for having excessive gas, but most of them should not be a cause for worry.
It is important to note that excessive flatulence could be a result of bigger issues, but this is usually accompanied by other more severe symptoms which don’t go away after you pass gas or poop, which could signal trouble.
If you have a fever, weight loss, blood in your stool, or persistent diarrhea alongside your stinky farts, or if you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer; then we recommend calling your doctor.
However, if you are just struggling with gas, take a deep breath, there is no cause for serious panic or worry. Gas is really just a small reminder that your digestion is working as it should.
But if you still want to know what to do to reduce gas, then keep reading… We’ve got you covered!
What to do about Excessive Gas
More likely than not excessive gas is a result of diet and eating habits. Gas is a natural part of digestion, but there are certain foods and habits that can cause your body to produce or pass more gas than normal.
1. Beware of Sulfur Rich Foods
Ever wonder why some farts are especially smelly? Well, Foods high in sulfur can make your farts reek of rotten eggs.
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage are often to blame. Other sulfur-rich foods include garlic, onions, legumes, cheddar cheese, dried fruit, nuts, beer, and wine. Even animal proteins, like eggs, meat, and fish–all high in sulfur–may be problematic.
If you find your gas is particularly smelly, then it may be wise to cut back on some of these sulfur-rich foods for a while (or at least not before a boardroom meeting or a date).
2. Avoid Food Intolerances
Lactose intolerance is one of the most common food intolerances there is with almost 60% of the population having some degree of lactose intolerance.
When lactose passes through the small intestine without being absorbed, traveling downstream to the colon, where trillions of bacteria are present; the effect is smelly gas since milk and certain cheeses have a high sulfur content.
But all of this smelly gas could be avoided if you are mindful of your food intolerances and stay away from dairy if you are sensitive to it.
3. Lower Your Fiber Intake
Beans, beans… you know how the old saying goes.
Beans are high in fiber and contain raffinose family oligosaccharides (RFOs), a group of sugars that are at least partially responsible for the bloating and gas that can occur after a beany meal. So do lentils, legumes, and cruciferous veggies.
The human GI tract (which is the technical term for your gut and intestines) lacks an important enzyme needed to break down and digest these sugars. This means it will all come out as gas.
If you want to help decrease the amount of gas passed throughout the day, then cutting out bean burritos is a good place to start.
Remember, everybody farts, and passing gas is normal and even healthy. Gas is a nice reminder that your digestive system is working as it should.
However, if you feel you have excessive gas, then try to apply some of our tips to reduce the smell and amount of gas you produce.
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