Have you ever found yourself trapped in an elevator, meeting, in date and the fact that you try to control your fart but it just leak out. Farting is commonly a source of laughter. Excessive farting can cause both enormous embarrassment and distress. You may think questions likes “why do I fart so much? Flatulence can have several natural causes, and may also be the consequence of a condition that affects the digestive system.

Intestinal gas consists of:

  • Exogenous sources – air that comes in from outside. We swallow it when we eat, drink or swallow saliva. So, those who talk while eating may fart more.
  • Endogenous sources – it is produced within your digestive system. Gas may be produced as a by-product of digestion of certain foods, or when foods are not digested completely. Anything that causes food not to be digested completely by the stomach and/or small intestine can cause flatulence when it reaches the large intestine.

Other cause of gases to build within your body

Beans Complex carbohydrates in beans are very difficult for humans to digest.When the complex carbohydrates reach the lower intestine, bacteria feed on them, during which they produce gas.

Lactose intolerance – when lactose-containing foods, such as milk are consumed, the bacteria feed on the lactose and produce excessive amounts of gas.

Celiac disease – intolerance to gluten, a protein found in barley, wheat and rye.

Artificial sweeteners – sorbitol and mannitol are found in candies, chewing-gums and sugar-free sweet foods. A considerable number of people develop either diarrhea, gas or both when they consume these substances.

Carbonated drinks – Fizzy drinks and beer may cause a build-up of gas in the intestinal tract.

Some health conditions sometimes, a more serious chronic condition may be the cause of flatulence. Examples include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis.

Antibiotics – these medications can upset the normal intestinal flora (bacterial flora) in the bowel, which can lead to flatulence.

Laxatives – people who take laxatives regularly and in excess have a high risk of developing flatulence.

Constipation – the feces themselves make it harder to expel excess gas, resulting in further accumulation and discomfort.

References: Medical News Today, Enki Village


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