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What does it mean if your fart is smelly

What does it mean when you have a silent fart, frequent fart, fart that smells a lot… Find out how to interpret your farts.

Farting is totally normal. Every living creature that eats and drinks – farts. The gas in the intestines is created by bacterias responsible for degrading the food and also by the air that we swallow during the day.

The bacterias produce gas when the sugar and starch that our body has failed to digest are being degraded. That gas has to get out somehow.

Average man farts 14-18 times a day, and that’s good. It means that your digestive system works and you have plenty of the good bacterias.

The smell of the gas can serve as a signal for what’s going on in the organism. Here’s what the different kinds of gas mean.

Odorless fart

No worries. Even if you fart 18 times a day, most of the gases will be smell less and unnoticeable. Even you cannot notice all of them. Most of the gases your body release are carbon dioxide.

Smelly fart

The smelly kind is being caused by hydrogen sulfide which is created by sulfur-containing food like broccoli, cauliflower, dairy products, and beans. Red meat can also cause smelly fart, but not that fast thanks to the chemical named thiol.

Awfully smelly fart

It usually means you have an excelent diet rich in fiber. It can also mean you are lactose intolerant.  You don’t have to feel sick, but if you release a ” nuke” after consuming dairy products, it means your organism is having a hard time digesting them.

Silent fart

The sound of your gases isn’t connected to your health. It differs with the position of your muscles in the moment of the act.

Frequent farts

This isn’t bad at all. But if this happens too often, it may mean you ate too many supplies that can cause gases or that too much air has entered into your digestive system.

In rare occasions, this may mean that your small intestine bacteria are growing, and cause frequent gases and bloating. But usually, this is nothing to worry about.

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Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Written by Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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