What Does Fart Smell Mean?

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Fart smells are extremely notorious. Yes, we know that awkward feeling! Some of them are so bad that they smell a room up like rotten eggs.

A fart smell has a significant meaning to it, and if you figure out why your gas smells that bad, it is probably because of the food you have eaten or the wrong method of eating and the process of swallowing too.

On the other hand, farts are indirectly an indicator that something is seriously wrong in your digestive system.

It is said that on an average, most humans fart between 10 and 20 times in a day, but sometimes much more than that, and this is invariably related to your health issues. The intestinal gas is composed of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane.

These above gases are generally odourless, but they become foul smelling when other gases, such as sulphates, are added on.

So, scientifically, the main reason why farts smell so bad is because when the gas remains in the intestines for an extended period of time, bacteria thrive in them, thus adding a foul-smelling sulphate to it.

The second reason that makes farts so smelly is consuming foods that are high in sulphur content like cauliflower, radish, leafy vegetables and many more.

So, read on to find out the hidden meaning behind that smelly fart:


It's A Carbohydrate Problem

If your wind is noisy and not smelly, it is a carbohydrate problem. This means that you have consumed foods rich in carbs, but they have not been digested properly.


Could It Be Proteins?

When protein foods are consumed, it is important to drink a lot of water. So, when your farts are silent but smelly, it means that your body has not broken the proteins foods well.


Fats Are Not Digested

Loud and slightly wet farts could mean that your body is unable to digest fatty foods with ease. In case you are consuming foods that are fatty in nature, consume a little sauf (fennel seeds) to make yourself feel better.


Passing Wind Through The Day

If you are passing wind more than 3 to 4 times in the day, there is a possibility you have consumed a gassy type of meal.


Where Does These Gasses Come From?

The possible ways are: air we swallow, gas seeping into our intestines from the blood, gas produced by chemical reactions in our guts and gas produced by bacteria in our guts.


Tips To Prevent Smelly Farts

The best way to prevent a smelly gas is to avoid eating foods that are rich in sulphur. Instead, you can opt for foods that are rich in elements other than sulphur like fresh fruits and vegetables (excluding cabbage and radish).


1 Tip For Good Bowels

To make sure your bowels move regularly, eat plenty of natural fibre and drink lots of water each day. These two remedies are ancient; and if you follow them religiously, there is no way you will have farts that are smelly.

Read more about: health, digestion, health tips, tummy
Story first published: Friday, February 26, 2016, 14:30 [IST]
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