How To Stop Farting : 7 Easy Ways To Reduce Bloating & Gas

Have you ever found yourself in an elevator, completely embarrassed and trying to hide the fact that you just farted? People around you wrinkle their noses, look around to try and find the culprit who just “let one rip”, and quickly dash out of the elevator when they reach the next floor. In this post, we’ll teach you how to stop farting so much.

​Farting can be unpleasant, but it’s something that you have a lot of control over. If you want to know how to stop farting, the good news is that there are a few easy ways to take control of your wind-breaking.

Why Do We Fart?

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Farting is something that’s natural, though it can be avoided. There are a few reasons that you fart:

  • You've eaten certain foods that have interacted negatively with your intestinal bacteria. The result is a buildup of gas, which can only escape via your digestive system.
  • You’re intolerant to lactose, which causes the lactose to ferment in your gut and cause the gas to build up.
  • You have too much bacteria in your colon. The bacteria break down your food, but the breakdown of the food you eat causes intestinal gas to build up.
  • You’ve swallowed a lot of air, such as when chewing gum or drinking soda with carbonation.
  • You smoke. Smoking causes you to take more air into your body than normal, and the gas can get trapped in your esophagus or stomach. If there is too much gas building up in your intestines, there’s only one path the gas can take.

Here's a video explanation as to why do we fart.

Why Farts Smell Bad

Did you know that not all farts smell bad? Farts are made up primarily of odorless gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen and methane. Many times your farts won’t smell at all, and this is because your body is expelling these odorless gases.

On the other hand, when your farts smell very bad it’s the result of small amounts of highly potent gases like hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans. These noxious compounds are produced in your intestines when your food is broken down, primarily from foods that contain a lot of sulfur like meat, eggs, cheese and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.​

Controlling Your Farts

The good news is that you can control your farts, but the bad news is that you’ll never be able to stop farting altogether. It’s just a natural element of your body’s digestion, and it won’t go away. However, you can control it:

Avoid Sugars

Sugar will be broken down by the bacteria in your gut more quickly, which means that there’s a greater gas release when the food is digested. If you want to reduce the gas produced by your body, cut back on the amount of sugar you eat. This includes fructose, lactose, and sorbitol.

Reduce Carbonation

A soda now and again won’t make you fart uncontrollably, but it will cause your intestines to be filled with more air than they should be. Beer is the worst for your farts, as it’s the most carbonated of the alcoholic beverages, is full of high glycemic carbohydrates and has a strong effect on your digestive system. If you can cut back on carbonated beverages, you’ll notice your farting problem is greatly reduced.

Be Careful With Starches

Starch can cause the release of intestinal gas when it is digested in the intestines. Rice is one of the better starches to eat if you have gas problems, as it’s very easy for your body to digest. Wheat in particular will be harder on your intestines.

Take Probiotics

Probiotics are dietary supplements containing live healthy bacteria and yeasts. They have numerous health benefits and help restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. This helps better eliminate gas, bloating and indigestion.

Read the full article on probiotics for Bloating & Gas

Quit Chewing Gum

Chewing gum will cause you to swallow a lot more air than you should, and it can lead to burping and farting out of control. It may be time to quit chewing gum, at least until you can deal with your farting issue.

Quit Smoking

Smoking will cause you to swallow air as well, and you may want to give up smoking in order to get rid of your farting problem.

Use an Anti-Bloating Remedy

Activated Charcoal capsules come in very handy if you want to prevent bloating and gas buildup in your stomach and intestines, and you should consider taking them if you know that a food is going to cause gas problems. Much more on this in The Benefits of Activated Carbon for Intestinal Gas.


Excessive farting, particularly when the gas has an offensive smell, is usually the result of impaired digestion. Improving your digestion will improve many different areas of your overall health and is one of the first things worth focusing on when you are ready to make positive changes in your life.

I have found this related infographic at indulgy.com

Helen Sanders

Chief editor here at Health Ambition, I'm a proud mother of two passionate about nutrition and ways to live healthier with more energy!

  • Don

    Farting can be fun!

    • Dave

      Don you are sick IDIOT!

    • chloe smith

      your a barsted, thats just stupid, grow a pair

  • Candy

    Does eating spicy food like ginger garlic chilli and oily food also cause farts

  • Glen

    Farting is fun but not good for your relationships

  • lizzie

    But it feels soooooo good!

  • sofartsogood

    I seriously have arfarting problem..I DO NOT know of anyone who farts louder/longer and especially as damn much….I farted 11 times just reading this article….I may lose my gf..wtf.I know she does it too..but I never heer.can nevel if they smell cause o often..when I try to hold it in and go silent its like a weird high pitched scale hummed by alfalfa.

  • Abhay Kumar Pandey

    I am really fed up with Farting . On average I Fart 12 times in an hour. I do not smoke ,never drink soda or junk food. Can any body suggest me the remedy and cause of this.

  • Why you fart & waste it ,just burp & taste it 😀 😀 😀

    • chloe smith

      are you ok? thats disgusting, im guessing that why your single?

      • Michel Pells

        I was licking my girlfriend and the second time she went over the hills she farted and I was kind of fainting. :). But then, I had the last laugh. Surprisingly I could last for 30 minutes which was 10 minutes longer than usual and a great s*x. Does that mean the fart acted as a catalyst. Not sure, may be. Why women loved to be licked all the time!!!!. I am having a headache almost everyday

  • Suzan

    Hello im 46 yrs old from Kosova i have problem i cant stop my farts can you help me my stomach gets full of air and then i free to much farts im getting maried and im so so scaried that i will have problems with my husband how can you help me to stop farting
    Please Reply!

  • kely

    Does milk make you have really bad smelling farts ?

    what can iDo To not fart so often ..

  • fart

    how do u solve D is the answer farting?????????????

  • lja

    I read the article because of my partners annoyance with farting so much; was excited to see a free offer to try Bowtrol. Until you check it out…of course you have to make a purchase for the trial…that’s not cool.


    I fart a lot at night when sleeping, can it be control with Bowtrol ?

  • Alasdair Wright

    Try Turmeric…this may alleviate your flats and squeaky boards

  • Mia Hollis

    my mums farts are so bad that she comes over to me and shares it with me which is annoying

  • Tejeswar Rao

    What food exactly couse the gas formations in stomach

  • Peter Ward

    I don’t eat many sugars, I don’t drink any soda, I rarely eat starches, I don’t chew gum or smoke and I still pass gas a ton. What else might help

  • smackyobitchass

    I drink lots of beer and I was thinking that was the problem… The stinch of my farts are horrid that even I have to hold my nose..

  • Hi

    Hey… I Fart every second of everyday coz I was born in a gas station

  • Airtony Life

    take aways are bad, trust me my class mates are pretty much dead

  • Michel Pells

    I am in a situation wherein I can’t sit in office without embarrassing my self for more that 30 minutes at a stretch. I need to constantly go to LOO to FAAAAAAAAART. Can someone give me one good piece of advice ( please don’t advice me not to eat).

    • Margarte Stanley

      I know this ramakrishna koduru from US wellpoint he’s changed his name when we came to office today with him just we stand in elevator behind of him he tried to release one fart but suddenly its came with big sound BBABABABABBAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR min 2 mins the total area covered with bad smells even though he tried to show his finger on others face dirty indian bastered why these people coming to here don’t spoil the atmosphere of US

  • Jon Donnis

    “My names Andy, I don’t actually care enough to look into the fact the overpriced supplements I pointed out, may not work because, unlike the medical equivalent, they haven’t gone through loads of testing. I’m just going to try to point you to crap I’ll get click ad revenue from”.

  • LICKERthegreat

    I was licking my girlfriend and the second time she went over the hills she farted and I was kind of fainting. :). But then, I had the last laugh. Surprisingly I could last for 30 minutes which was 10 minutes longer than usual and a great s*x. Does that mean the fart acted as a catalyst. Not sure, may be. Why women loved to be licked all the time!!!!. I am having a headache almost everyday.

  • The key to farts is to get cleaned out and the best way to do that is with water. Clean pipes means less gas and less smell. The most efficient way to achieve this is with a Hand Bidet Sprayer that you can use like a mini-enema to shoot some water up inside, fast and convenient.

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Average 14 times a day? Heck, I do it 14 times an hour. (well, not really … but you know what I mean.)

  • IamtheleaderoftheIlluminati

    A great, concise, informative article with a hilarious graphic! I love when I can learn something new and have a laugh at the same time!