Foul Smelling Flatulence

Why Does The Body Produce Smelly Gas?

One of the questions that have always baffled people is, why does the body produce smelly gas? There happen to be several answers to that question, so let us go over a few of them. 


Let’s clarify what we mean by bad smelly gas; we are talking about flatulence, the act of the body releasing gases through the rectum. No matter who you are or where you come from, you release these gases 14 times or more on average per day. For the most part, these releases of gas are odorless, but every once in a while, one will have a foul odor. 

The number one cause for smelly gas being produced by the body is food intolerances. When the body is intolerant to a food type, the digestive system can’t break down the food properly, which causes a backup in the order. While the body is attempting to break down these intolerable foods, a gas is produced within the digestive system, well that gas needs to be released, and it either comes out the mouth or the rectum. 


The awful smell that often accompanies one of these releases of gas is usually caused by the foods eaten. Foods that are heavy in sulfur are the most common cause of foul-smelling flatulence. These foods include red meats, poultry, many bean types, certain vegetables, and some kinds of seafood. Other purposes of foul-smelling flatulence are drinking alcohol or other fizzy drinks, overeating or eating too fast, and a lack of fiber in the diet. When your digestive system is not functioning correctly, the build-up of food in the stomach and intestines will cause a bad smell to the gas when released. Keeping the digestive system healthy can lower the amount of foul gas being released by the body.

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