Why Do I Keep Farting?
Whether they’re loud or silent, stinky, or odorless, everyone farts. Doctors say the average person farts anywhere from 5 to 15 times per day. Farting is a normal part of digestion that reflects the activity of the bacteria in your gut. You might also notice that you fart more when you eat certain foods that are more difficult to digest, such as beans or raw vegetables.
While farting every day is normal, farting all the time is not. Excessive farting, also called flatulence, can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. It might also be a sign of a health problem. You have excessive flatulence if you fart more than 20 times per day.
In most cases, excessive farting can be controlled with changes to your diet and lifestyle. But in some cases, it’s necessary to seek out medical attention. What should you do about your excessive flatulence? Here’s what you need to know:
As you swallow a piece of food, mouthful of water, or simply your own saliva, you also swallow some air. This air builds up in your digestive system. More gas builds up when you digest food. Your body works to get rid of this gas either by farting or burping.
All of this is normal. Your farts might be loud or silent. They might be stinky or they might be odorless. Stinky farts are often caused by:
- eating high-fiber foods
- having a food intolerance
- taking certain medications such as antibiotics
- being constipated
- a bacterial buildup in your digestive tract
Very rarely, stinky farts are caused by colon cancer.
But what causes a person to fart more than usual? Some common causes include:
Some foods are more difficult for your body to digest than others. These foods often contain high amounts of fiber or certain kinds of sugars that’re hard for the body to process. Some people may be more affected by some foods than others. Some foods that commonly cause excessive gas include:
- bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- dairy products containing lactose, such as milk or cheese
- fructose, found in some fruits and often used as a sweetener in soft drinks and candy
- sorbitol, a sugar substitute found in candies and artificial sweeteners
- carbonated beverages, such as soda and beer
Some digestive disorders that cause excessive farting include:
- autoimmune pancreatitis
- celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- dumping syndrome
- eating disorders
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- inflammatory bowel disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- lactose intolerance
- peptic ulcer
- ulcerative colitis
These digestive disorders interfere with normal digestion, placing stress on your digestive system, and often result in excessive farting.
Some people experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome — which includes excessive farting — when stressed. Some people may also engage in habits that cause excessive farting when they’re stressed, such as smoking, chewing gum, eating sweets or drinking alcohol.
The more time food waste spends in your colon, the more time it has to ferment. This often leads to very frequent and stinky farts.
Changes in the amount or type of bacteria in your digestive tract
Antibiotics or consuming food tainted with bacteria can wreak havoc on your digestive tract, causing excessive farting.