Flatulence Facts and Why You Should Pay Attention To Them

October 12, 2016

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There's no delicate to discuss this topic but it is an important one that should be discussed, even though it's bound to make some giggle and others to feel grossed out.  But flatulence, or farting can reveal a lot about your health and though it may seem like an embarrassing reality we'd rather not live with, each fart is a sign of a healthy digestive system. But before we dive into the subject, let's debunk a myth.  Everyone passes gas and on average, we do it 10 to 20 times a day.  A large proportion of the gas we let off during the day is carbon dioxide, which is largely odor-free. Smelly wind is generated when food is not processed properly, usually carbohydrates. When carbs are not absorbed sufficiently into your intestines, particles sit in your gut and ferment. There are two culprits for the smell variety, methane, which some are more prone to produce than others and hydrogen sulfide, generated by foods you eat that are high in sulfur. For instance, beer and wine are guilty of hydrogen sulfide due to the brewing process. Alcohol ranks high on a scale called FODMAP, which ranks gas and bloating on food items.  The bad news for healthy eaters is you are more prone to passing gas but you can make those smells less offensive by avoiding those that cause the most gas such as garlic, apples, mushrooms and onions.  Milk, bread, noodles, yogurt, butter and most dairy are high on the FODMAP scale. Some substations to keep gas low are rice, corn, potatoes and quinoa.  Meant and high protein eaters are not off the hook too.  Meats with lots of fats can cause smelly gas, just not as often. Opt for lean meats suck as skinless chicken, turkey and fish.  Medically, if you are farting more than 20 times a day, it could indicate a digestion problem such as lactose intolerance or celiac disease. It could also be a sign of a digestive tract infection or irritable bowel syndrome. Consult your doctor if you feel your wind is strong like tropical storm force rather than a gentle summer breeze.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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