Farting 100+ Times A Day: Causes, When To Worry, & Remedies.

 

According to NHS, the average person farts 5 to 15 times a day. But it is extremely variable from one person to another.

Farting more than 100 times a day is usually caused by ingesting gassy foods or having some degrees of food intolerance such as lactose or FODMAP intolerance. Also, Excessive farting can be a reflection of gut diseases such as Irritable bowel syndrome or SIBO.

Below, we will explain the causes of excessive farting in detail.

Causes.

1- Lactose intolerance.

Lactose is a disaccharide sugar present mainly in milk and other dairy products. deficiency of an enzyme called “Lactase enzyme” leads to malabsorption of lactose.

You probably have lactose intolerance and you don’t know. This is because it is an extremely common condition.

On average about 65% suffer from some degree of lactose intolerance (ref). Lactose intolerance is variable among different ethnicities. It is most common among African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.

Symptoms (starts after ingestion of dairy products).

  • Diarrhea.
  • Abdominal bloating and flatulence.
  • Gas and farting (may be extreme, more than 100 times a day).
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Nausea and vomiting may also occur.

Symptoms start 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion of milk or dairy products.

Common offending foods:

  • Soft and processed cheese.
  • Buttermilk and butter
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Ice cream
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt
  • Pancakes and waffles.
  • Custard and pudding.
  • Mashed potatoes.

Your doctor confirms lactose intolerance by:

  • Hydrogen breath test.
  • Stool acidity test.
  • Lactose intolerance blood test.
  • Small intestinal biopsy: usually in cases of severe persistent diarrhea.

Treatment usually includes avoidance of milk and dairy products. Lactase enzyme supplements can also help. Calcium supplements are needed to compensate for defective calcium supplementation from dairy products.

 

2- Beans, onions, peas, bananas, and carrots.

Beans and onions are among the most gas-producing foods. Thinking of what you ate before getting excessive farts is the simplest way to define the cause.

3- Leafy vegetables.

Green leafy vegetables are rich in fibers and highly fermentable oligosaccharides. Too many vegetables can cause flatulence and excessive farts (100+ farts a day).

Examples:

  • Cabbage.
  • Broccoli.
  • Spinach.
  • Cauliflower.

4- Fructose in honey and fruits.

Fructose is a sugar that presents in many fruits and honey. some people have some sort of fructose intolerance.

It is far less common than lactose intolerances. It is estimated that one out of 20,000 has fructose intolerance (ref).

Common fructose sources:

  • Honey.
  • Apples.
  • Grapes.
  • Sugary soft drinks (Cola).
  • Dried fruits (sweetened cranberries).
  • Pears.
  • Sweetened fruit yogurt.
  • Sauces (Pasta sauce).

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5- Sugar substitutes.

Sugar substitutes (Artificial sweeteners) are low-calorie sugar alcohols. Often, they are found in sugar-free gum and candy.

Common examples are sorbitol, Xylitol, and Mannitol. Always check the labeling of many candies, gums, or any artificially sweetened products.

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6- Gluten.

Gluten is a small protein present in wheat and barley. Celiac disease is a condition where your intestine is extremely sensitive to gluten (ref).

Celiac disease is a chronic disease with severe diarrhea, gas, flatulence, and anemia. It is caused by the ingestion of gluten present in wheat and barley.

Also, Some people have some degree of Non-celiac gluten sensitivity. A condition that is similar to celiac disease but sufferers test negative for celiac disease (ref).

Avoiding gluten results in marked improvements in diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, and farts.

7- Too many fibers and fiber supplements.

fibers are a double-edged sword. While soluble fiber is necessary for good gut health and optimal bowel movement, Too many fibers can trigger flatulence, abdominal pain, and bloating (ref).

Fibers are present in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Also, Some people may take fiber supplements to support their gut health and to prevent constipation.

Insoluble fibers that cannot be digested by your intestinal enzymes are more likely to cause gas and farts than soluble fibers.

However, ingestion of too much fiber or fiber supplements (whether soluble or insoluble) can lead to gas and flatulence.

Common sources of insoluble fibers:

  • Cellulose: found in cereals, fruit, and vegetables.
  • Hemicellulose: found in bran, cereals, timber, and legumes.
  • Lignins: in stones of fruits, vegetables, and cereals.
  • Resistant starch: in high amylose corn, barley, legumes, bananas, cooked and cooled pasta, and potatoes.

Too much fiber supplements (soluble or insoluble) such as psyllium can give you gas and too many farts.

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8- Faulty eating habits: taking, walking, fast eating.

The way you eat can also result in more gas and more farting. Common bad food habits causing gas:

  • Eating too fast.
  • Talking while eating.
  • Smoking.
  • Overeating.
  • Chewing gum.

9- Carbonated drinks.

Carbon in soft drinks and carbonated alcoholic drinks can be a source of excessive gas and farting.

Depending on the amount, drinking carbonated drinks can make you fart 100+ times a day.

10- Alcohol and caffeine.

Certain types of Alcohols (even if not carbonated) can lead to flatulence and gas. Common offending alcohols:

  • Fructose containing alcohols: such as ciders, cocktails, mixers, sweet wine, and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Carbonated alcohols: fizzy mixers, ciders, and sparkling wine.
  • Artificially sweetened alcohols (Diet alcohols).

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Also, caffeine can increase motility and gas production inside your intestines. Drinking large amounts of caffeine increase flatulence and farting.

11- SIBO.

SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a condition in which colonic bacteria are spread into your small intestine (ref).

The incidence of SIBO is still unclear, but it increases with age (ref).

Overgrowth of such bacteria in the small intestine produces symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal Pain or discomfort.
  • Bloating.
  • Gas, flatulence, which can cause multiple farting.
  • Diarrhea, which can be chronic watery or steatorrhea (fatty diarrhea).
  • Vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin B1, B3, and B12.
  • Unexplained fatigue and weight loss.

Risk factors for SIBO:

  • Diabetes mellitus.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • HIV.
  • Hypothyroidism.
  • Some medications such as narcotics and stomach ulcer medications.

12- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (FODMAPs).

Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional bowel disease characterized by abdominal pain, changes in stool frequency (diarrhea or constipation), or stool form (loose or hard stools.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common disease:

  • Research estimates that about 10-15% of people have IBS (ref).
  • Only 30% of people matching the criteria of IBS seek medical help and diagnosis, the remaining 70% don’t even know they have IBS (and you’re not an exception).

Bloating and gas are extremely common with IBS. studies estimate that bloating and distension can affect 66 to 90% of people with IBS (ref).

A group of foods collectively called FODMAPs is known to trigger IBS symptoms. they are “Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

They include a wide diversity of foods (some of them mentioned separately in this article as lactose and fructose).

FODMAPs can be a source of gas and farting when consumed.

Learn More About the Causes of IBS.

 

13- Others (rare).

Excessive gas and farts may occur due to rare and serious diseases such as:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).
  • Diverticular disease.
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
  • Autoimmune Pancreatitis.
  • Colon cancer
  • Hernias.
  • Too much laxative intake.

When to worry.

See your GP or gastroenterologist if you experience other symptoms such as:

  • Persistent abdominal pain and Bloating.
  • Recurrent attacks of diarrhea or constipation.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Unexplained fever.
  • Unexplained anemia.
  • Blood in stool.
  • Signs of infection such as fever, vomiting, chills, and muscle pain.

 

Remedies for Gas & excessive farting.

The best way to avoid farting a lot is to identify the cause. Either it is a food or a disease affecting your intestine, identifying and eliminating it works better than taking a random anti-flatulent.

Here are the best tips to avoid farting 100 times a day 🙂

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Drink and chew food slowly.
  • Track the foods that cause flatulence and avoid them.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Drink Peppermint tea.
  • Take a probiotic.
  • Try anti-flatulent such as simethicone if the above measures fail.

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