I always need to fart
December 9, 2012 9:40 AM Subscribe
I frequently feel gaseous. Help me with my digestive system.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The title was a bit circumspect, but hopefully this is straightforward: I need to fart very frequently, and it's a problem.
Basically every day, I am consciously holding in a fart, hoping I can make it to a bathroom to release. Sometimes they are smelly, sometimes not. In total, I probably fart three to five or more times a day. My bowel moments are fairly soft (but not diarrhea), and they probably happen about two times a day (Google tells me that what is typical is between three times and week and three times a day, so this is the high end of normal).
I'm a guy in my 20s, about 6ft0 160lbs. For breakfast I generally have a bowl of cereal with milk, for lunch I generally have either a couple chicken breasts or a diner cheeseburger/Subway sandwich/Chipotle burrito/the like, for dinner I have a couple more chicken breasts, and I snack on small things (cookies, pretzels, chocolate) every so often during the day when they appear at work. Sometimes I make peanut butter / whole wheat bread sandwiches and snack on those. (The chicken breast thing is basically because I tell myself I want to bulk-up diet-wise, but when it comes down to it, I'm know I'm not all that serious about doing so -- no protein shakes, probably not really eating enough calories, and so on.)
I feel like the gas thing is a relatively new thing for me (within the past two years, maybe the last one), and while I do not know if it's getting worse, it's not getting better. It's certainly getting more prominent in my thoughts, because sometimes I feel like I'm forced to "sneak" a fart while walking down the street or whatever -- and this sort of thing is *going* to eventually get me in trouble.
What do I need to be eating? What should I not be eating? Any other advice?