Fart or not to Fart: 8 Reasons Your Fart Stinks

Farts, who does not enjoy a good one now and again? And, surely those times too…. We can all relate, that unfortunate moment when you can no longer hold that fart. And just as if the universe was ganging up against you, the absolutely unruly class suddenly experiences a moment of intense quiet. There is certainly no better time for your quiet fart to sound like a mini-bomb blast.

Farting, gassing, flatulence, polluting, passing air; how ever you refer to it, is simply a part of life. First of all, let’s examine the mechanism responsible for the uncomfortable, embarrassing phenomenon.

While eating, drinking and talking we swallow air. This air, along with the gases produced during the digestion of our food is what constitutes the gas we pass. The gas we pass is for the most part made up of odorless gases; oxygen, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen.

The average human farts 10 to 20 times a day. This fact is certainly difficult to believe for those who pride themselves on not farting. The truth remains most flatulence pass noiselessly and innocuously. Bacterial functions in the gut also contribute to passing gas.

All this gas has to come out so we don’t get bloated and go POP! Like a balloon.

Why Your Fart Stinks So Bad

  1. Healthy Eating

    healthy food
    Healthy eating; smelly farting

    Some of the healthiest foods for your body are high in fiber and healthy bacteria. These include vegetables like broccoli, kale and even onions which could be quite smelly. These foods do not get broken down immediately but instead stay in your gut longer, therefore you eat less. Unfortunately, this time in your large intestine allows for fermentation and, yeah you guessed it, smelly gas production.

  2. Intolerance

    dairy products
    Dairy intolerance; a big culprit in foul-smelling farts.

    Your body in some cases finds it hard to digest certain foods. Lactose intolerance is due to the body’s inability to digest carbohydrate lactose. The absence of Lactase, the enzyme needed to digest Lactose (milk sugar) results in a very uncomfortable gut with terrible gas. Gluten intolerance or the more dangerous Celiac disease could also result in flatulence. An immune reaction to Gluten protein, resulting in inflamed and/or inured intestines and therefore malabsorption is manifested by bad gas.

  3. Sulfur rich foods

    sulfur rich
    Foods rich in sulfur

    Garlic, legumes(beans), onions, cabbage, eggs, beer, wine, cheese, dried fruits even meat and fish. All these lovely low carb foods will decompose to give a smelly hydrogen sulfide gas. Sulfur in most healthy, high-fiber foods will produce the rotten egg smell we so abhor, ugh. Therefore, anytime you consume any of these babies, get ready for some stink. You might want to avoid enclosed social functions.

  4. Raffinose

    Raffinose family oligosaccharides RFO’s are the culprits of bloated stomachs and stinky gases after eating beans. Beans are quite nourishing, rich in proteins, antioxidants and minerals but also rich in RFO’s. Lentils, cruciferous veggies and other legumes also contain these complex sugars. The human gut lacks the enzymes to appropriately digest these sugars, therefore the farts. Soaking dried beans in water before cooking will reduce the RFO without reducing any of the other nutrients whatsoever.

  5. Medication

    Some medication induce smelly gas

    We take antibiotics to deal with disease pathogens in the body. They likewise eliminate some gut bacteria necessary for proper digestion. The lack of these bacteria may lead to smelly fats. If this is the case, stopping the medication should stop the smells. But hey, what’s a bit of stink compared to good health?

  6. Infections

    Digestion is made possible by a series of processes enabled by certain bacteria and passageways. If there is an infection, gut flora will be altered which will result in an unbalanced environment for digestion. These alterations often times result in gas buildups and smelly farts.

  7. Constipation

    A very uncomfortable buildup of stool in the colon. Constipation occurs as a result any number of occurrences. Improper diets, medication, and sometimes biological causes of constipation abound. With the retention of stool is also a load of retained gases that are quite foul-smelling when eventually released.

  8. Colon cancer

    In very rare situations, tumors build up along the large intestines. These tumors cause blockages within the intestine and result in smelly farts. If a diet change and stopping certain medication doesn’t stop smelly farts, then testing for colon cancer is in order.


A Few Reasons To Fart For Your Own Health

  1. It cues you in to your dietary deficiency. We are what we eat, and our farts also are what we eat.
  2. Farts help to curb bloating.
  3. Hydrogen Sulfide, taken in small doses are help keep you healthy. Yes, you might want to inhale that stink a bit more.
  4. Painful farts could be a warning sign of ill-health.
  5. Holding in your gas could create colon problems.

As you go about your daily business, do not hesitate to let a few rip. It feels good doesn’t it?