You can rely on your farts if you would prefer a natural indication of the state of your health. As you have probably already noticed, the consumption of certain foods can produce stinky farts, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflowers, almonds, and broccoli, as well as foods rich in sulfur, like meat and eggs.
However, this does not mean that you should avoid these foods.
In fact, if you consume foods that lead to a frequent creation of gases, you will aid the microorganisms in the gut to absorb nutrients. If they don’t get enough carbs, many of them will die.
Some studies have found that an average person farts 14 times a day and farts (including the stinky ones) are a good sign that the digestive system is doing fine. These natural gases are, in fact, a mixture of swallowed air and the gases created by the bacteria in the digestive system.
However, farts are not always a good sign. Namely, the horribly stinking farts can signal that you are intolerant to lactose at times. If you fart soon after you eat dairy, in most cases it means that your system can’t break down lactose easily. Moreover, very frequent and smelly farts are most often a sign that you have some chronic problem such as gastroenteritis or irritable bowel syndrome, also known as celiac disease.
Additionally, if you fart more than 20 times a day, it means that you have consumed something which brings an increased amount of air in the guts, and it can endanger your health. Luckily, you can easily change this issue.
It is important to know that recurrent farts can also occur due to the consumption of too much coffee. This can also be the case if you consume too many carbs, processed and fast foods, if you follow a vegetarian or a vegan diet, or if you eat some other types of food that cannot be broken down easily by the digestive system.
Note that if you want to lower the number of stinky farts, you should cut down on the consumption of foods rich in sulfur, like pork and beef. It would be better to replace them with chicken and fish.
Additionally, you should know that in order to avoid the difficulties your intestines and stomach face when they need to break down the food, make sure you are chewing the food well before swallowing.
Interestingly, garlic, peppermint and sassafras are some of the foods that were used for treating stomach problems since ancient times. Also, you should eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, since they act as natural laxatives, and will stabilize the bowel movement.