Increased Flatulence: Why Do Older Adults Have More Gas? And what you can do about it

There are many names for what happens when your digestive system releases air through your rectum

Most of the time, flatulence is completely normal. Most people pass gas at least 14 times per day

Some people do it more, some people do it less. How often you pass gas depends on your diet, what medications you take

Some experts believe that as you get older, you fart more because your metabolism slows down. The food sits longer in your digestive system, creating more gas

Also, your stomach makes less of the acid needed to digest food well. What’s more, your digestive system is made up of muscles

These muscles lose strength as you age, further slowing down your digestive system and possibly leading to more gas

Lack of digestive enzymes. As you get older, your body makes less lactase, the enzyme needed to digest dairy products