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[November 2018] Fart Too Often It May Be a Sign of Health Problems
Date 11-06-2018 14:40 Hit257
Fart Too Often? It May Be a Sign of Health Problems

Farts are a normal part of physiological functions. However, it is still all too embarrassing to let it go so freely. How humiliating would it feel if you could not contain yourself and a fart suddenly bursts out of you at a public space like a subway car or a public library? How many farts do normal grownups have a day? An adult man weighing 70 kilograms would discharge about 7 liters of gas. Much of this gas is released via breathing, wastes, and sweat, with only one liter or so via farts. Approximately 100 to 200 milliliters of gas is discharged via each fart so it would be normal for a healthy adult to fart for 4 to 10 times a day.

While farts are something that cannot be so easily measured and standardized, there do seem to be people who noticeably fart more often than others. This may be due to simple dietary habits. Eating certain foods often and in excess—such as legumes, eggs, fish, cabbage, onions, apples, and prunes—would cause the ingested food to move from the small intestines to the large intestines without breaking down sufficiently in the former. The bacteria in the large intestines then get started working on fermenting the insufficiently digested food particles, causing farts to arise. Candy, gum, and soft drinks can also increase the amounts of gas generated inside the intestines, as can the habit of lying down shortly after having a meal. Other factors include binge eating, stress, and sleep deprivation.

If you fart more often after eating dairy, such as milk, you may have lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance arises when the body lacks enzymes capable of breaking down lactose, the naturally occurring sugar found in milk. Common symptoms include bloating, cramps, indigestion, diarrhea, and farts. If you are lactose-intolerant, you should stay away from dairy products.
Constipation is another factor of frequent farting, as feces—if stuck too long in the intestines—ferments and gives rise to gas. Therefore, solving constipation will also reduce farts.

If frequent farting is accompanied by other chronic symptoms, such as constant bloating, stomachaches, and bloody stool, frequent farts may well be an indicator of a health problem. The most likely candidate is the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People with this syndrome not only fart often, but they also burp often. Nothing unusual would be detected with colonoscopy in people with the IBS. However, IBS makes people prone to stomachaches, frequent farting, unusual intestinal sounds, as well as diarrhea and constipation under stress. It is easy to mistake this syndrome for indigestion. If you experience these symptoms at least three times a month, you should visit a doctor and get an accurate diagnosis.
If you often fart while experiencing appetite loss and stomachaches, you may have something more serious, as these are the warning signs of stomach cancer. Stomach cancer increases the frequency of farts and burps, causes bodyweight loss, and bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. If you have gastritis, gastric ulcer, or chronic diseases like diabetes, and fart more often, you should see a doctor.