The average person farts between 5 to 15 times a day with no odor. So, if you’re thinking you fart more or less than that, or not at all, know that this is normal. Depending on your diet, you may have experienced this.
The main causes of flatulence are eating foods high in fiber and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, which is then fermented by microbes. These microbes produce hydrogen and methane gas as a byproduct.
The process of breaking down food should occur in your large intestine. When it instead occurs in your small intestine, you get a condition called SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). SIBO can cause a lot of gas and other problems. A lack of stomach acid is a big cause of gas in general.
As we age, our stomachs produce less acid. This is due to several factors, including antibiotic use and antacid consumption. When stomach acidity falls below a pH of 1-3, food digestion is impaired. This can cause problems further down the digestive tract.
The release of bile from the gallbladder can cause fermentation in the small intestine, which is called SIBO. This can create strain and stress on the enzyme production from the pancreas.
A person can start consuming fiber from vegetables and they just blow up like a balloon and they’re confused because they’re saying well, I’m eating this good healthy food why do I feel so bad? They can have very severe bloating and pain and very severe gas simply because you have these bacteria that are in the wrong place and we’re getting fermentation in the wrong place.
How to Stop Farting
Betaine hydrochloride is a supplement that can help improve your stomach acid. The chloride in betaine hydrochloride can help to break down and build up your stomach acid. Betaine hydrochloride comes in tablets that you can take a couple of. It is recommended that you take more in the beginning and then over time you will need less as your body will start making more stomach acid on its own.
I also recommend a couple of herbs for digestion. Ginger is especially good for helping with gas and releasing bile and enzymes. This will allow you to relax more in that area and improve your digestion.
Apple cider vinegar may not have extensive research to support its benefits for digestion, but many people find that it works for them. Pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to fund research on a natural remedy like apple cider vinegar, so most of the research on digestive problems is funded by medication companies.
If you want to slow down your digestion, drink some apple cider vinegar with your meal. This will give your digestive juices time to break down the food, and you won’t have to worry about gas, bloating, or other related symptoms.
Why Am I Farting When I Eat Dairy
If you’re lactose intolerant, you can’t digest milk sugar very well. This can cause gas, bloating, and other digestive problems. You can take enzymes to help with this, or just avoid dairy altogether.
What do I do If I’m Allergic to Gluten
If you’re intolerant to gluten, you can still eat a healthy keto diet by avoiding gluten and grains. You can also take more enzymes and probiotics to help reduce your intolerance.
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What About Gas Producing Food?
There are certain foods that can cause gas, such as fruit, beans, legumes, starches, rice, grains, and sugars. Cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage can also cause gas for some people. Onions and garlic are also gas-producing foods. If you are following a ketogenic diet, you will not be consuming these gas-producing foods.
There are other vegetables that will not produce gas, like lettuce, tomato, zucchini, olives, and avocado. So just eat more of these. I will say that when I recommend the healthy version of the ketogenic diet, I recommend that people consume a lot more greens and salads and vegetables. However, for some people, they don’t have the microbes to handle that much fiber, so you want to go slow, and you want to gradually go into it.
The fiber in food not only helps to feed the microbes in our gut but can also provide other health benefits. The potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and other phytonutrients found in plants can help to improve our health and take it to a whole new level. These nutrients are essential for our bodies to function properly and can help to prevent many chronic diseases.