Why Do I Always Have Gas?
Ahh yes, another topic most people don't want to discuss. Gas!
Well, luckily, you can just read this and not have to discuss your gas with anyone!
Gas. We all have it! A certain amount is normal, natural, and healthy. Most people deal with gas with a polite excuse me, maybe a blush of embarrassment and move on. Some gas is silent, some as loud as trumpets, some smell, some don't. Sometimes it just feels plain good to fart!
On average men and women will pass gas 15x a day! Although most of it will go unnoticed because it happens at night when we're sleeping. That's normal farting! However, more than 15 farts in 24 hours would be considered by most, excessive. Excessive gas can become embarrassing and even painful!
So what makes someone fart so much? Do you find you ask yourself "why do I have so much gas?"
Maybe you'll be surprised at some of the most common things that cause excessive gas...
Main causes of excessive gas
- Diet (especially excessive alcohol, pop, or high-fat foods and beans)/IBS/Lactose intolerance
- Illness/E.Coli infection/colds and sinus infections
- Swallowing air/smoking
- Nervousness and stress
- In rare cases stomach Cancer and other more severe diseases
Less known Gas causes
- Yoga=all that contortion can cause gas
- Flying in an airplane=altitude changes
- Anorexia=causes bacterial issues in the stomach
- Bad fitted dentures=swallowing air!
- Smoking pot
- Anal sex -ewww...
- Chewing to much gum
How often do you fart (that you know of) in 24 hours?
What is a fart made of?
9% carbon dioxide
1% hydrogen sulfide, the smelly part
Why should you detox from dairy?
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Over consumption of dairy products can cause a multitude of intolerable symptoms, impaired organ function, embarrassment, and discomfort. Do a detox from dairy and rid yourself from all of this!
It's no shock that our diets can make us gassy. Smelly gas is produced from colonies of bacteria stored in our lower intestinal tract. When our bellies convert meals into nutrients, these microbes create hydrogen sulfide gas — that's where the smell comes in. So...eating anything will create some gas. Remember...some of it is a normal amount. But certain foods are sure to produce extra!
- Raffinose — The lethal ingredient found in beans, it's also found in most vegetables.
- Fructose — Sorry, but if you want to produce less gas, you'll need to put down that extra cola or sugary drink. Fructose is naturally found in plants like corn, onions, wheat, and even pears. So avoid those too.
- Sorbitol — Read your labels folks. You'll find this in a lot of food you eat. Mainly it is in fruit, but also sugar-free foods and artificial sweeteners.
- Lactose — Found in milk, bread, and cereal.
Avoid artificial food ingredients when possible, eliminate dairy if you are lactose intolerant. For the days you can't eliminate it, be considerate and pop some Beano or Gas-x for those you share the air with. One food that rarely causes extra gas is rice, although...I don't know why. A million Chinese people aren't flatulent?
More fart facts
Farts are fast! Farts have been clocked at speeds of up to 10 feet per second.
Pregnancy and PMS
Hormonal changes can cause gas. With Pregnancy, you're more likely to be extra foul in your first trimester. In early pregnancy, large amounts of pregnancy hormones are at work, they relax muscles in your body, including those in your stomach. This can make food move really slow and lead to gas! Also, your ever-growing uterus increases pressure on the rectum. Surprise, more gas!
Same concept here goes for PMS. It's just all those hormones doing what they do. And also what you are stuffing in your emotional face during that time of the month.
There really is only so much you can do to avoid this. So, if you're pregnant and have extra farts, drink plenty of water. This will help avoid constipation, heartburn, and keep things moving. Eat smaller meals, chew well, and eat slower. Also, avoid gassy foods.
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Illness/E.Coli infection/colds and sinus infections
Similar to being pregnant, when you're sick, the flu or colds can really slow down your digestive system. Illness can also cause extra burping. That air simply must come out! Sometimes it's the stomach flu or gastroenteritis. This may include symptoms of nausea, vomiting, gas, diarrhea, low-grade fever, and generally feeling like you were run over by a semi. A lot of times with the flu you'll also have excessive swallowing, which can cause more air to be held up in your stomach.
Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about this. Since gas can become painful, isolate your sick ass in a private location where you can pass that gas, take your cold medication, get extra rest, and not be a bio-hazard. Wash your hands regularly, drink plenty of fluids, and wait it out. Next year, get a flu shot.
How do you fart?
Okay, so sometimes farting is fun. How do you do it?
Even more fart facts...
Farts really are flammable! Don't believe it? Next time you have to fart, lay down on your back and put a Bic to your bum. Watch out! And have an extinguisher handy.
Farts don't sound the same! And there are reasons for that...the amount of gas, the force at which it is expelled, and the tightness of the sphincter muscles all factor in how your gas will sound.
We all fart, even shortly upon death. As the last bit of air leaves our body we are likely to defecate, urinate and pass gas! Yeesh, where is the dignity in dying?
It's just as simple as it sounds. When you swallow air, it has to come out. So if you're not burping, you will be farting. So don't swallow air. Duh. What can help avoid this?
- Eat Slower, and use them chompers!
- Don't smoke
- Don't use straws
- Don't eat a lot of hard candy
- Make sure your dentures fit Granny!
Stomach Cancer and other more severe diseases
If you've read through this and made some lifestyle/dietary changes but find you're still really gassy, you should contact a doctor. Although it is rare, certain conditions and disease can cause extra gas. Such as stomach cancer, colon cancer, ulcers, allergies, and GERD to name a few. So if you're super windy for a month or more...consider seeing a doctor.
© 2014 Rebecca