Okay, so it’s not the most glamorous health tip, and some people might find it a little embarrassing to talk about. But farting is a normal result of a healthy digestive system and good indicator of our well-being. On average, we fart about five to 10 times a day.
Certain foods make us fart such as beans, sweet potatoes, oats and wheat, and foods that are packed full of nutritional value can often lead to a stronger odour.
Whether you fart five or 50 times a day, here are eight reasons why you should let it out and pay attention.
1) It reduces bloating
The most common cause of bloating is a buildup of gas in your gut. That’s right: The full, tight discomfort that makes your pants a little tighter might just be because you need to fart. So don’t hold it in.
2) It’ll help you balance your diet
Everyone has a unique gut, and we all handle foods differently. If you are experimenting with nutrition and diet, farts are a good indicator of balance or imbalance. Too much red meat, for example, usually results in a strong, unpleasant odour, while complex carbohydrates tend to cause larger amounts of gas with a more neutral odour.
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3) It can relieve abdominal pain
It might not be appropriate to fart in every situation, but holding it in, especially if you have a lot of gas in your gut, can cause intestinal distension that hurts.
If you feel that you need to fart but you can’t, try gently massaging your stomach to promote the movement of gas through your system.
4) Holding it in can be bad for your colon
Withholding gas can exacerbate hemorrhoids, for example, as can trying to manipulate the way gas comes out. The best policy is to let it come out naturally. People whose colons have been compromised by illness are also advised not to hold in flatulence.
5) Inhaling farts is good for you
This sounds silly, but studies has found that exposure to small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas (which our guts produce during digestion) might prevent mitochondrial damage to our cells. This could prevent strokes, heart disease and arthritis, among other things.
6) Farts tell us about our health
Pay attention to the gas you are passing every day. Is it frequent? Does it have a strong odour? Is there any pain? Flatulence can be an early warning sign for a range of health issues. If you have any pain or pronounced changes in your flatulence that you don’t think are related to diet, it might be worth seeing your doctor.
7) It feels good
We should all admit it: It feels good to let out gas that has been sitting in our abdomens and bothering us. Holding in gas can make us irritable and snappy. The best thing we can do is excuse ourselves to the bathroom and let it out quietly. There’s no relief quite like it.
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