Farting and other bodily actions of digestion and excretion often aren’t discussed because people are either embarrassed or don’t want to offend others.
The truth is everyone needs to know what is going on down there. Improper digestion of food can lead to many problems and can be valuable in detecting things like food intolerance, irritable bowl syndrome, or even colon cancer.
I encourage everyone to become comfortable and gain a contentiousness of their bowl movements, what is coming out, and how you feel when you eat certain foods.
This knowledge can help make your life more comfortable and as dramatic as it sounds, can actually save your life!
Okay, I am done with my rant… for now.
Butt I will be doing more articles on this topic so stay tuned… (See what I did there?)
Back to brotein… I mean protein farts.
So why does this happen?
To understand this you have to understand that protein is not easily broken down by our bodies. In fact, protein has a rather high thermogenic effect because of the complexities of it’s breakdown. This means it takes more calories to digest and utilize the calories in protein rich foods.
This is one of the reasons a high protein diet is a good weight loss tool. This type of diet allows for a person to feel full because breakdown is slow, and is coupled with the higher thermogenic effect making it easier to reach a caloric deficit at the end of the day.
The problem with this kind of diet and many bodybuilding type diets, is that protein intake is way to high for the body to handle.
Athletes and bodybuilders really only need 0.8-1.5 grams of protein per kg of body weight. This is common sports science knowledge, yet the bodybuilding supplement industry would have you think you need 2-3 times this amount. This deception is how they make their money, but this is an entirely different topic for an entirely different article.
So, the question remains… can you consume more protein than 1.8 gs per kg of body mass?
Sure you can. But, be prepared to waste money, feel bloated, and clear rooms with your farts.
When the body breaks down protein nitrogen is left over. This puts your body in a positive nitrogen balance and the result is blowing that nitrogen out of your backside.
This is one of the main reasons for stinky protein farts.
Now, if you’re taking a protein powder supplement and are experiencing gas, stomach pains, diarrhea, or anal leakage you may have some digestive issues. Both whey and casein, the most popular forms of protein supplementation, are derived from milk products. Approximately 30% of people have some type of milk or lactose intolerance, so if you do not digest milk products well it may be best for you to avoid these supplements.
If you discontinue the use of these supplements and these problems persist seek the help of a medical professional, as it could be something more serious.
The final reason that you may be experiencing obnoxious gas is from a lack of fiber in your diet.
Often times people who follow a high protein diet also restrict the intake of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are essential for energy, specifically anaerobic activities (sprints, weight lifting, jumping, any quick burst). So if you want to get big and strong and are not eating carbohydrates… you are doing it wrong. Way, way wrong.
Carbohydrates also contain a majority of the fiber you consume. Fiber will help with the excretion of the food you consume.
A lack of fiber coupled with a high protein diet is a recipe for constipation.
This type of fiberless diet will lead to your digestive system getting backed up and waste sitting in your colon for longer than it should. This leads to the rotting and decaying of the matter in your colon. If you are following a high protein diet and do not go to the bathroom for 24-74 hours or more, you most likely are familiar with the rancid smell. The smell is very distinct, smells like rotting dead animals, and the stool is usually very soft and paste like. Yum!
To combat this problem do three things…
1. Hydrate: Drink a lot of water. Depending on your size and activity level the amount of water will vary. For example, I am 6’2 250 lbs at around 15% body fat and am highly active. I drink 1.25-2 gallons of water a day. Someone who is 180 lbs may only need a gallon or a little less. This may take some trial and error because there are so many factors that go into it.. but the bottom line is: Stay Hydrated!
2. Eat fiber: Everyone has a certain tolerance level for fiber. Eventually it will be counter productive if you exceed the amount that is right for you, but most people eat far less fiber than they should. The Institute of Medicine recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. Most people barely get 14 grams of fiber per day and eat upwards of 2,000-4,000 calories! That ratio is scary, and can multiply your risk for colon cancer.
3. Simply decrease your protein intake.
I hope this article helped you understand a little bit more about your digestive system and helps explain why your friends no longer want to hang out with you.