Pftt… It’s good for you! Not what you expect to hear after complaining about the smell of someone farting.
Farting isn’t the nicest way to discuss our level of health, but it is a clear indicator of a healthy digestive system with balanced gut bacteria.
Your farts are typically made up of;
- 9% nitrogen
- 21% hydrogen
- 9% carbon dioxide
- 7% methane
- 4% oxygen
- 1% hydrogen sulfide (the smelly bit)
Medical Daily suggests that letting gas between 5-10 times a day is healthy, and thefartfacts.com puts that statistic at 14. Most of our farts happen when you are asleep. Foods that commonly cause flatulence include ones high in carbohydrates, including beans, artichokes, oats, nuts, dairy products, sweet potatoes, soy, and wheat.
Here is why farting can be good for you-
1. Reducing Bloating
Bloating is a gas build-up, and passing wind can release it.
2. It Helps To Balance Your Diet
Farting can help you to determine if the diet is balanced or not, as your body reacts differently to different food. If you eat a lot of red meat, it will stink more. If you are eating a lot of carbs, you will fart more, but it won’t smell as bad.
3. Farting Reduces Abdominal Pain
Holding in gas can give you abdominal pain, or intestinal distension. Go ahead and let it all out, and you can also gently massage your stomach, which will help gas to work itself out of your digestive system.
4. Colon Health
Holding in your gas or manipulating the release can cause colon issues and inflame hemorrhoids. Just pass it naturally when you feel you need to.
5. Smelling Your Farts Is Healthy
Maybe you won’t admit it, but most people like the smell of their farts. But not other people’s!
A possible reason for this is that we know it is good for us. The hydrogen sulfide from our intestines, produced during digestion, may prevent mitochondrial cell damage, preventing stroke, heart disease, and arthritis.
6. Determine Food Allergies
Flatulence can point to possible food allergies such as lactose intolerance or Celiac Disease. This is because you create extra gas after consuming food you are sensitive to and can be a hint to check this out with your doctor.
7. It’s Pleasurable
Farting feels good. That’s a pretty good reason!
If you are looking to reduce the amount of gas you create, make sure you don’t have any outstanding medical conditions, eat your food slowly, avoid fizzy drinks and artificial sweeteners (good health advice anyway!), and exercise more.