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Why do I always have gas?

Updated on May 31, 2014




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 is as loud as trumpets, some smells, some doesn'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
  • Pregnancy/PMS
  • Illness/E.Coli infection/colds and sinus infections
  • Swallowing air/smoking
  • 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!
  • Beer
  • Smoking pot
  • Anal sex -ewww...
  • Constipation
  • Chewing to much gum

Be honest...

How often do you fart (that you know of) in 24 hours?

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Fart facts

What is a fart made of?

21% hydrogen

9% carbon dioxide

59% nitrogen

7% methane

4% oxygen

1% hydrogen sulfide, the smelly part

Diet/IBS/Lactose intolerance

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 elimintate 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, athough...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.

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.

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?

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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?

Swallowing air/smoking

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?

  1. Eat slower
  2. Don't smoke
  3. Don't use straws
  4. Don't eat a lot of hard candy
  5. 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.


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    • Kev N Sandy profile image

      Kev N Sandy 2 years ago

      Awesome article!!

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      Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

      I used to have a gas problem but I find a daily probiotic has solved the whole problem. Of course it still happens, but my stomach isn't bloated and there's no awful smell!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I wouldn't dare to write about this topic. Very funny and interesting!

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Who would have thought it - informative and funny too, thank you. Up, interesting, useful and funny.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA out for downward facing dog!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank for sharing this! What a great hub!!!

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Funny AND informative -- I find yoga to be dangerous because i get all relaxed in the lower regions.....

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments everyone. I don't have any current issues with gas, but...sometimes you just gotta talk about stuff people don't want to talk about. Let's all do our part in making the planet a little more refreshing! lol.

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      Khen Ramos 3 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting, funny, and I must say a beautiful hub about farting. Such courage making such a hub. This is awesome. Nuff said. Voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was good. 15 times a day, eh? Loved the polls!

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      a daring topic bish

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      im laughing but not about the topic you covered it's your poll you say if you're living you're farting LOL ... very interesting hub here Frank