5 Great Health Benefits of Farting

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Farts have long been a source of humor for humans, dating back to even the earliest of times. It’s a natural bodily function, yet it’s one that has gained quite a stigma over the years.

For example, you probably think twice before just letting one rip when you’re out in public. Why is that? Because you’re afraid people will judge you for creating such a foul-smelling odor, or the noise it makes when it leaves your body.

My girlfriend, on the other hand, has absolutely no hesitations when it comes to farting. It doesn’t matter if we’re in bed, on the couch, or in a movie theater, she doesn’t hold back. But, not because she’s not afraid of the stigma, but because she recognizes it as a healthy thing to do.

And it turns out she’s right! Farting is actually great for you, health wise.

“Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced by the body and could in fact be in a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of reasons.” – Dr. Mark Wood, Professor and Researcher at University of Exeter (UK) Medical School

So, with that in mind, here are five great health benefits we gain by farting whenever we need to fart:

It reduces bloating
Being bloated is easily one of the most uncomfortable feelings one can have. Not only do you not feel sexy because your stomach is protruding away from your body, but that lingering feeling of fullness that is often accompanied by pain isn’t fun.

Also, bloating is a sign that you could have built up gas stored in your body. While this won’t necessarily kill you, it is uncomfortable. Farting can help get rid of your bloat as well as its symptoms.

It promotes a healthy colon
It’s never a good idea to “hold” any of your body’s natural wastes, which includes urine, feces and your gas. If you’re the type who likes to hold in your farts so as to avoid awkward social situations, be cautious of what you’re doing and try not to make a habit out of it.

Byproducts of the gastrointestinal system are meant to be expelled; if you don’t, you can cause damage.

They’re like quick little health checkups
You might not have known that the traits and characteristics of each of your farts is very telling of what’s going on inside of you. Farts that don’t smell so bad are a sign that you’re healthy.

When your farts start to smell particularly gross, you have pain when farting, or are farting way more than you usually do, these are all signs that something isn’t right. It could mean you are intolerant of a certain food, or it could be indicative of something worse, like colon cancer. So pay attention to your farts!

Farts are the sign of a healthy gut
Doctor of gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Purna Kashyap, says that “eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients. If we didn’t feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut.”

So, foods that are good for the stomach will ultimately make us fart more often. These foods include things like beans, broccoli, cabbage and kale because they have so much fiber.

They help us to figure out how to balance our diets
Our stomachs are always trying to tell us what they’re craving. When we’re not eating enough fiber, we don’t fart as often. When we’re eating too much meat, we tend to fart a lot more or our farts will smell much worse.

These are all signs that we need to adjust our diet in one way or another to achieve the right balance.

So, there you have it. Next time you have to fart, shed your fears of doing so and fart with pride. The people around you might not be thanking you, but your body sure will be. Stay healthy!

h/t Power of Positivity

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