Stop holding them in. It’s good for you!
If you’ve ever shamed yourself or been shamed by someone else for passing wind, just tell them you’re healthy.
Farting isn’t the most glamorous way to improve or assess our health, but it is an indicator of a healthy, well-functioning digestive system and balanced levels of gut bacteria.
According to the fart facts:
- 9% Nitrogen
- 21% Hydrogen
- 9% Carbon dioxide
- 7% Methane
- 4% Oxygen
- 1% Hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)
Medical Daily suggests that people fart between five and 10 times a day, although thefartfacts puts that number at 14. Most of our farts happen while we sleep. Foods known to cause gas are high in carbohydrates, including beans, artichokes, dairy, sweet potatoes, oats, nuts, soy, and wheat.
You’d have to eat only refined sugars if you wanted to stop farting, and that’s not healthy for anyone.
Despite what society tells us, women fart just as much as men. In fact, thefartfacts says that in a study where men and women ate the same type and amount of food, women had more concentrated and odorous farts.
Regardless of why or how often we fart, here are some reasons it is good for us.
Bloating is caused by a buildup of gas in your intestines, which is released when you fart. If your pants feel a little tight, consider cracking a rat.
Helps balance your diet
Passing wind can help you determine whether or not your diet is balanced because your body reacts differently to different foods. So if you eat a lot of red meat, your farts will stink more. If you eat a lot of carbohydrates, you’ll fart more, but the smell will be more neutral.
Reduce abdominal pain
Holding in your gas can cause abdominal pain, also known as bloating. So letting go of your gas will help relieve this pain. If you can let your farts fly, you can gently massage your stomach to help the gas flow through your digestive system.
Holding in gas or trying to manipulate the way it is released can damage your colon and aggravate your hemorrhoids. People with colon problems are told not to hold in their farts. So it’s best to just pass gas naturally when you need to.
Smelling your farts is healthy
Although no one will admit it, everyone likes the smell of their own farts. Other people’s… not so much.
Maybe that’s because we instinctively know it’s good for us. This is because the hydrogen sulfide produced in our intestines during digestion can prevent mitochondrial damage in our cells. This prevents strokes, heart disease, and arthritis.
Determine food allergies
Gas can indicate whether you have certain food allergies, such as lactose intolerance and celiac disease. This is because you will pass a lot of extra gas after eating them.
If this happens and you suspect you may have an allergy, you should see your doctor.
Farting feels fantastic. If that’s not a good enough reason to pass wind… I don’t know what is. Besides, trying to hold it in can make us cranky, and no one needs another reason to be cranky.
If you’ve ever felt ashamed of yourself or been ashamed of someone else for passing wind, just tell them you’re healthy.
Here are some things you can try if you’re still ashamed of how much gas you pass:
- Make sure you don’t have any medical conditions that require medical attention.
- Eat slowly
- Avoid soda and artificial sweeteners
- Get more exercise.
Otherwise, just be more comfortable being human. After all, having a healthy digestive system is something to be thankful for.