Why Do Humans Fart?

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passing-gasGas comes from both swallowed air and food bacteria breaks down. The bacteria releases stinky bi-product while turning our food into energy for our bodies. When we eat or drink, we also swallow air, which travels through the intestine, picks up the smelly hydrogen sulfide, and is expelled as gas.

Everyone farts. Most people pass one liter of gas a day. 75% of your farts are created in your lower intestine. Bacteria live inside you, and when food passes without breaking down, your flora and fauna in your large intestine do it for you.

Did you know termites fart more than any other animal and are greatly responsible for global warming on earth?

Our gas is made up of:
59% nitrogen
21% hydrogen
9% carbon dioxide
7% methane
4% oxygen

If you’re lactose intolerant, it means you lack the enzyme that breaks down lactose into sugar molecules for your blood. Without that enzyme, the dairy passes through your small intestine into the large intestine without breaking down. As your bacterias digest the dairy for you, they create hydrogen sulfide, which gives you the smelly, less than desirable gas you experience.

Some foods do produce more gas than others (like beans) because there’s more indigestible carbs and fiber.

A healthy diet of fiber and nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables may cause more flatulence, but that’s not a bad thing. These foods and flatulence cause healthy bacteria to grow in your gut, preventing infections and protecting your intestinal lining.

At age 50, it is recommended that everyone, no matter their health should schedule a colonoscopy to check the health of your large intestine and colon. If you’re in need of a colonoscopy in Las Vegas, contact Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care.

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