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Medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, Ph. D., MSN, R.N., CNE, COI — By Erica Cirino — Updated on June 21, 2023

Eating foods that may be harder to digest or taking certain medications can make you fart more often. Sometimes, frequent farting can occur with certain underlying health conditions or food intolerances.

Whether they’re loud or silent, stinky or odorless, everyone farts. Doctors say the average person farts anywhere from 10 – 20 times per day.

Farting is a normal part of digestion that reflects the activity of the bacteria in your gut. You might also notice that you fart more when you eat certain foods that are more difficult to digest, like beans or raw vegetables.

While farting every day is normal, farting all the time may be a sign of an underlying health problem.

Excessive farting is also called excessive flatulence or excessive flatus.

In most cases, excessive farting can be controlled with changes to your diet and lifestyle. But in some cases, it’s necessary to seek out medical attention.

What should you do about your excessive flatulence? Here’s what you need to know:

As you swallow a piece of food, a mouthful of water, or simply your own saliva, you also swallow some air. This air builds up in your digestive system. More gas builds up when you digest food. Your body works to get rid of this gas either by farting or burping.

All of this is normal. Your farts might be loud or silent. They might be stinky or they might be odorless. Stinky farts are often caused by:

  • eating high fiber foods
  • having a food intolerance
  • taking certain medications like antibiotics
  • being constipated
  • a bacterial buildup in your digestive tract

Very rarely, stinky farts are caused by colon cancer.

But what causes a person to fart more than usual? Some common causes include:

Hard-to-digest foods

Some foods are more difficult for your body to digest than others. These foods often contain high amounts of fiber or certain kinds of sugars that are hard for the body to process. Some people may be more affected by certain foods than others. Some foods that commonly cause excessive gas include:

  • beans
  • lentils
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • bran
  • dairy products containing lactose, like milk or cheese
  • fructose, found in some fruits and often used as a sweetener in soft drinks and candy
  • sorbitol, a sugar substitute found in candies and artificial sweeteners
  • carbonated beverages, like soda and beer
  • wheat

Digestive disorders

Some digestive disorders that cause excessive farting include:

  • autoimmune pancreatitis
  • celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • diabetes
  • dumping syndrome
  • eating disorders
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • gastroparesis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • lactose intolerance
  • peptic ulcer
  • ulcerative colitis

These digestive disorders interfere with normal digestion, placing stress on your digestive system, and often result in excessive farting.


Some people experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including excessive farting, when stressed.

Certain habits sometimes associated with stress, like smoking, chewing gum, eating sweets, or drinking alcohol, may also cause excessive farting.


The more time food waste spends in your colon, the more time it has to ferment. This often leads to very frequent and stinky farts.

Changes in the amount or type of bacteria in your digestive tract

Antibiotics or consuming food tainted with bacteria can wreak havoc on your digestive tract, causing excessive farting.

No matter the cause of your excess farting, there are some things you can do today to try to get it under control. Some strategies include:

  • Avoid foods you know usually cause you to fart. You might find it helpful to keep a food journal and note which foods cause you the least and most amounts of gas. Stick to eating foods that cause you the least amount of gas.
  • Try eating more frequent and smaller meals throughout the day. This may reduce the amount of stress on your digestive system, hopefully reducing the amount of gas you experience.
  • Eat and drink more slowly. Eating and drinking fast increases the amount of air you swallow. Eating and drinking more slowly can reduce this and hopefully reduce how much you fart.
  • Exercise regularly to prevent gas buildup in your digestive tract. Healthy adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.
  • Eat fewer fatty foods. These foods slow digestion and give food in your digestive tract more time to ferment, resulting in excessive gas.
  • Try an over-the-counter gas remedy. Medications containing simethicone, like Gas-X or Mylanta Gas, are designed to break up gas bubbles in the digestive tract. Medications like Beano are meant to decrease the amount of gas produced during the body’s digestion of beans and other high fiber foods.
  • Give up smoking and chewing gum. This can make you swallow excess air, which builds up in your digestive tract.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages like soda and beer. This can cause gas bubbles to build up in your digestive tract.

While farting is normal, excessive farting is not. Excessive farting can also impact your everyday activities. It can make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious and get in the way of you enjoying your everyday activities.

In most cases, excessive farting can be managed with changes to your diet and lifestyle.

In cases where excessive farting isn’t easily managed with at-home remedies, see a doctor. Be especially sure to see a doctor if your excessive flatulence is accompanied by:

  • abdominal pain and bloating that doesn’t go away
  • recurring diarrhea or constipation
  • unexplained weight loss
  • bowel incontinence
  • blood in your stool
  • signs of an infection, like high body temperature, vomiting, chills, and pain in your joints or muscles

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Why Do I Have so Much Gas? 6 Causes and How to Treat Them

  • Having excessive gas could be a sign of IBS or IBD, conditions that affect your intestine. 
  • Eating beans, broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, and more could also cause gas and bloating.
  • If you notice that you get gas and cramping after eating wheat, you could have Celiac disease.

Passing gas is a normal part of most people’s daily lives. In fact, the average person does so about 13 to 21 times a day, though this can vary based on your diet and activity level.

Therefore, diagnosing excessive flatulence is difficult since it can vary widely from person to person and there’s no standard for what’s normal, says Dr. Kaunteya Reddy, medical director of gastroenterology at Redlands Community Hospital. 

But generally speaking, passing gas more than 25 times a day could be considered excessive flatulence and be a sign of an underlying medical condition, Reddy says.

Here are six reasons why you may be experiencing excessive gas and what you can do about it.

1. Your diet

What you eat plays a major role in the development of gas and bloating, says Dr. Charles V. Welden IV, a gastroenterologist with Gastro Health. 

Flatulence is a normal part of the digestive system. The bacteria in your gut create different gasses as they break down food. However, there are some foods and drinks that may trigger more gas and bloating than others, Welden says. 

These include:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Sorbitol, which is a sugar substitute found in some candies and gums

What to do: If you notice you feel more bloated and gassy after eating these foods (or any food), it can be helpful to keep a food diary of what you eat throughout the day to identify triggers, Welden says.  

You can then take this information to your doctor and discuss what foods to avoid. Your doctor may also recommend a diet known as low FODMAP, which limits consumption of gas-producing foods, like beans, asparagus, and apples,  that can aggravate the gut while encouraging the consumption of other kinds of foods that don’t produce as much gas, like eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, rice, and strawberries.

2. Celiac disease

Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten, which causes an immune reaction in the small intestine. 

This immune reaction can damage the small intestine and cause malabsorption of certain nutrients, resulting in some uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Weight loss

Foods that contain gluten include wheat products, like bread, pasta, pastries, and crackers. Some wheat alternatives, like rye and barley, also contain gluten.

Celiac disease is usually diagnosed with a combination of blood tests and an endoscopy, which involves placing a small camera in the small intestine so your doctor can analyze your digestive tract. 

What to do: If you experience these symptoms after eating gluten, or if you experience diarrhea and digestive discomfort for more than two weeks, consult your doctor. 

Most people can manage celiac disease by adhering to a gluten-free diet, says Dr. Chaim Ross, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Health. Your doctor may suggest meeting with a dietitian to discuss how to cut gluten out of your diet and what to eat instead. 

3. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO is a condition in which an excessive amount of bacteria grow in the small intestine, Welden says. 

Some bacteria in the small intestine is normal but too much bacteria can lead to gas and discomfort including:

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss

SIBO most commonly occurs as a complication of abdominal surgery, Welden says, though it can also be associated with other diseases, like Crohn’s disease, that may slow down the passage of food and waste products in the digestive tract, allowing bacteria to overgrow.

What to do: If you experience persistent diarrhea and abdominal pain along with weight loss, especially if you’ve recently had abdominal surgery, reach out to your doctor. 

Diagnosis usually involves a series of tests to check for bacterial overgrowth. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, like Rifaximin, taken for about 14 days,Welden says, though surgery may be required in some severe cases. 

4. Lactose Intolerance

People with lactose intolerance are unable to properly digest the sugar, or lactose, in milk. As a result, they may experience uncomfortable symptoms after eating dairy, including:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps

You may be at an increased risk for developing lactose intolerance if you have a gastrointestinal disease, like celiac or Crohn’s disease. These conditions can damage the small intestine and reduce your levels of lactase — the enzyme that helps you digest lactose.  

What to do: If you consistently experience abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, or diarrhea after eating dairy, consult with your doctor. There are three different types of lactose intolerance: primary, secondary, and developmental. 

Treatment will depend on the type of lactose intolerance you have, but may include reducing or eliminating dairy products or treating an underlying condition, like celiac disease, that may be contributing to your symptoms. You can also try an over-the-counter medication like Lactase. 

5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndroms (IBS) is a condition that affects the large intestine or colon. Scientists are still trying to determine the exact causes of IBS, but it is considered to be a brain-gut disorder in which the brain and gut do not work together optimally, resulting in gut sensitivity. 

Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Bloating and gas
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain 

Most people will experience bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea from time to time, but people with IBS experience these symptoms so frequently that the condition disrupts their daily lives, Welden says.  

What to do: A diagnosis of IBS requires in-depth discussions about your medical history and the severity of your symptoms. You may also need to keep a food journal of your symptoms for several months to document how persistent they are.

It can take some time to reach a diagnosis of IBS, but once diagnosed, many people find they can reduce their symptoms by better managing their stress and avoiding foods that may cause gas and exacerbate IBS symptoms. Some foods to avoid if you have IBS may include:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage

6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition that causes chronic inflammation, pain, and swelling in the intestines, which can result in excessive flatulence. There are a few different types of IBD. Two of the most common ones are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, Welden says.

Symptoms of IBD include:

  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in stool

Diagnosis usually involves stool examination, blood work, and a colonoscopy, in which a camera is inserted into your colon so doctors can evaluate the digestive tract and look for signs of inflammation and damage. 

What to do: If you experience extreme abdominal pain and diarrhea along with weight loss, consult your doctor. 

Treatment for IBD can include anti-inflammatory medication or changing your diet to avoid foods that may be hard to digest, like spicy foods, alcohol, and dairy. In some cases surgery may be necessary to remove a section of your colon or insert a feeding tube. 

Insider’s takeaway

Passing gas up to about 25 times a day is pretty normal, but anything well beyond that could be a sign of an underlying medical condition, like celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or irritable bowel syndrome.

If feelings of bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort are interfering with your daily life, seek medical help, especially if these symptoms are accompanied by unexpected weight loss, blood in your stool, or frequent bouts of diarrhea and/or constipation. 

In many cases, symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders that may be contributing to excessive gas can be managed with lifestyle changes, medication, surgery or a combination of these treatment options. 

Erin Heger

Erin Heger is a freelance journalist located in the Kansas City area. She primarily covers stories related to healthcare policy, maternal mental health, parenting, and personal finance. Her work been featured in The Atlantic, Rewire.News, Refinery29, HuffPost, and more.  

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HBO fuel switching buttons. How to use the HBO button correctly

Table of contents
Button for HBO 1st generation
Buttons for HBO 2nd and 3rd generations
Button for HBO 4th generation
How to use the HBO button correctly
Rules for buttons of the 1st generation.
Rules for 2nd and 3rd generation buttons
Rules for buttons 4th generation


LPG equipment of cars consists of many details, among which it is difficult to single out any main one. Each element of the design is important, despite the size and complexity of its device.

One of the components of gas equipment is the button for switching fuel types. Its purpose is manual control between types of fuel, depending on the operating modes of the internal combustion engine.

With gas equipment installed, the engine is started from gasoline. Then, after warming up to operating temperature, you can switch to gas.

The fuel switching buttons are divided into 4 generations.

Button for HBO 1st generation:

This type of button is mounted in cars with carburetors.

The switch of this button has three positions:

access to gasoline;

gas access;

intermediate position.

Switching to the middle position is carried out to block access to the fuel system for all types of fuel.

The button also has LED indicators. When you turn on the supply of gasoline, the red indicator lights up. When you turn on the gas – green. In neutral switching, the LEDs are off.

Buttons for HBO 2nd and 3rd generations:

The buttons of these generations are mounted on injection engines and with single injection. They have a more complex workflow.

The transition occurs in three modes:

1. Mode. The engine runs on gasoline. The gas supply valve is closed. The fuel injectors are on.

2. Mode. The engine runs on gasoline. At a set of 1500 – 2000 engine revolutions, an automatic transition to gas occurs. The value of the number of revolutions is regulated in the region of the potentiometer.

3. Mode. The engine is started from gas.

Button for HBO 4th generation:

The button is touch-sensitive with a signal diode that informs about the type of fuel used at the moment. Also, the button has a built-in indication that informs the driver about the amount of gas in the tank. To display the volume of remaining gas, a color LED scale is used: 4 green and one red indicator.

The design of the 4th generation button provides for two operating modes, denoted by the letters B and G. Switching between them is carried out automatically. Electronics “remembers” the parameters at which it is necessary to make a transition between fuel.

This takes into account the operating temperature of the engine, the number of revolutions and the switching times.

Often, the change in the type of fuel supplied after starting the engine is based on data from the temperature sensor. It’s about 35 – 40 degrees. Temperature parameters are adjusted during programming at the stage of installation of HBO.

How to use the HBO button correctly:

Fuel switching buttons belonging to different versions have their own operating nuances. Violation of the rules may result in damage to the engine or other parts.

Rules for buttons 1st generation.:

You can start the engine on any fuel. It is necessary to switch fuel only through the intermediate position of the button.

As soon as the engine, running on gasoline, has warmed up to the desired temperature, it is necessary to switch the button to the neutral position and, as soon as it is felt that the engine begins to lose speed, switch it to gas.

If you immediately switch from gasoline to gas, then the engine will start to receive two types of fuel at the same time, and it will stall. It will simply “flood”.

Rules for buttons 2nd and 3rd generation:

Since there is no carburetor float chamber in injection designs, you can switch fuel types immediately.

In this engine design, you can safely drive on gas or gasoline and immediately make the transition between them.

Automatic switching from petrol to gas occurs at 1500 rpm.

In warm weather, a cooled engine can be immediately started from gas. In the cold season, it is desirable to start the engine from gasoline and only after warming up, transfer it to gas fuel. This method of starting allows the engine compartment to warm up and already heated gas enters the cuffs of the gearbox. Cold gas is harmful to cuffs, as it shortens their life.

Rules for buttons 4th generation:

4 version of HBO has an improved electronic control unit. In version 4, the on-board computer will save you from an error when changing from gas to gasoline and vice versa.

The engine is always started on gasoline and, when warmed up to the programmed parameters, automatically switches to gas.

In manual mode, you can switch between petrol and gas using the touch switch with the letters B and G.

Emergency car start

Has the car run out of gas? Using the switch button, you can start the car on gas: emergency start of the car on gas

Technical support:

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Call: 8 (495) 532-01-11

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When to shut off gas | Gasification of Russia

The use of gas is convenient and profitable, but requires compliance with safety regulations. We understand in what cases it is necessary to block the gas pipe.

When leaving the house for a long time, it is important to ensure that all taps in the house are turned off. First of all, this applies to gas and water. Such a simple action guarantees the safety of your property and the property of your neighbors in case of an emergency. Thus, the main rule to remember: when leaving, turn off the gas !

Residents of apartments located on the ground floors should be especially careful not to do not shut off the gas riser . For example, in many houses in Moscow, the taps that close the gas risers are located not on the facade of the house, but on the kitchens of the first floors. If you accidentally block the gas riser, the residents of the entire entrance will be left without gas.

It is not necessary to turn off the faucet every time after using the stove – the main thing is to turn off the stove itself. In the Instructions for the safe use of gas when meeting domestic needs, approved by order of the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation dated December 5, 2017 No. 1614 / pr, it is recommended to turn off the gas supply in the event of an upcoming absence of more than a day. This rule does not apply to heating appliances that must operate continuously.

The text of paragraph 4 of the Instructions for the safe use of gas

4. Owners (users) of households and premises in apartment buildings must:

4.13. In the event of the forthcoming absence of persons for more than 24 hours in a room in an apartment building, close the shut-off valves (taps) located on the branches (drops) to household gas-using equipment, except for heating household gas-using equipment designed for continuous operation and equipped with appropriate safety automatics.