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Pooot...! Eeeew! And the smell is overwhelming!

What is stinky and never fails to get the giggles and sometimes the blame? 
Whether you blame it on a stranger or your friend within your vicinity, farting (passing gas through your anus) is a normal bodily function. 
But, is it possible to fart too often? 
Does your daily farts tell you something? 
What is a fart?
"Flatulence,” a fart is simply an internal build-up of gas. Farts are made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen. 
Do you know...
that farts are silent and odorless?  Only around one percent of farts produce a foul smell.
But no cause to be embarrassed. It’s quite natural and, in many cases, healthy!  In fact, a healthy person may pass gas around 15 to 20 times per day. 

Reasons why you fart:

1. You are swallowing air

Do you get comments to slow down when you are eating? Then, you are eating too fast. 
Do you gulp your food when you are in a hurry? 
Do you chew gum? 
The above makes you "swallow air", excess of it will come out in burps or farts.

2. You are constipated

Eat vegetables and fruits at every meal and drink 8 to 12 glasses per day. Limit intake of saturated fats and oily food.

3. Your gut is properly fed

If you’re farting often, but if you are eating well,  passing gas can mean that your gut is being properly fed. Healthy microbes that live in our gut  promote a wide range of health benefits. 
It is recommended that we eat more probiotics and fiber. Microbes need fiber to maintain optimal health. When natural fiber is lacking as a food source, they can actually begin to eat the layer of mucus that lines the gut — potentially leading to infection.

4. Sulphur is the culprit..but it's all good! 
Stinky bomb farts smell rotten. This stinky gas is generally caused by the breakdown of sulfur.
Many healthy foods contain sulfur, including broccoli and beans, thus stinky gas does not automatically indicate poor health. 

5. You are suffering from food allergies
As you body cannot tolerate a certain food that you consume, you will feel bloated or nauseous. Try an Elimination Diet where you stop eating dairy food or gluten for instance. These are the 2 food groups our body tends to react differently to when we age.

6. Fermentation in your gut
For those who eats plenty of fiber-rich foods, increased flatulence may indicate a diet that promotes positive health. Beans, for instance, is a food that causes gas. This is because of the type of carbohydrates which ferment in the gut.

7. You are experiencing symptoms of IBS or GERD

Farting is healthy, just not too much.

Farting is harmless. It is just a normal metabolic function. 

Do not focus too much on how often you’re farting, but why you are passing more gas than usual.

Yours always in good health,
Dee Dee

Dr Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist and Talk Show Host, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer & Regional Head of RAAN at Edith Cowan University Australia. 
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