Stop Holding Your Farts In. Here Are 8 Surprising Reasons Why Farting Is Good For You

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.

average, we fart about 5-10 times a day, according to Medical Daily.
Certain foods make us fart more – especially complex carbohydrates such
as beans, sweet potatoes, oats and wheat – and foods that are packed
full of nutritional value can often lead to a stronger odor. Whether you
fart five or fifty times a day, here are 8 reasons why you should let
it out and pay attention.

1) It reduces bloating.

people suffer from bloating, and while it’s usually not a serious
health issue, it can be very uncomfortable. According to Little Things,
the most common cause of bloating is a build-up 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.

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, according to Huffington Post. Too much red meat,
for example, usually results in a strong, unpleasant odor, while complex
carbohydrates tend to cause larger amounts of gas with a more neutral

3) It can relieve abdominal pain.

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 which hurts, according to Berkeley Wellness. 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.

is a common saying that holding in your farts is bad for you, and while
this isn’t true for most healthy people, there are certain contexts in
which it is. 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 best not to hold in flatulence.

5) Inhaling farts is good for you.

sounds silly, but a study from the University of Exeter has found that
exposure to small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas (which our guts
produce during digestion) may prevent mitochondrial damage to our cells.
This could prevent strokes, heart disease, and arthritis, among other

6) Farts tell us about our health.

attention to the gas you are passing every day. Is it frequent? Does it
have a strong odor? Is there any pain? According to Little Things,
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) Diagnose food allergies.

food allergies cause us to have severe flatulence, and this is
certainly the case for lactose intolerance, according to Medical News
Today, as with Coeliac Disease. If you have a notable increase in
farting after consuming certain foods or food groups, consult your
doctor – there are very simple tests which can tell you whether you
should be avoiding those foods.

8) It feels good.

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, and according to Women’s Health Mag the best thing
we can do is excuse ourselves to the bathroom and let it out quietly.
There’s no relief quite like it.

Still embarrassed? If you think
that you pass too much gas and have ruled out any medical issues, then
there are small things you can do to reduce the amount of gas you
produce, according to Web MD. You can eat more slowly, and avoid
carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners. Limit dairy, and get plenty
of exercise. If you think your farts are healthy, then embrace it.
Passing gas is a great sign that your digestive system is working as it

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *