We call it offensive. We try to hide it. We shame people who let one rip. But farting is an important bodily function.
If you’re normal — and we’re assuming you are — you pass gas up to 10 times a day. If you didn’t, you could be in a lot of pain.
Let’s explore 5 interesting reasons not to hold back. Let’s embrace the fart like you embrace breathing or speaking. Do it for your health.
Farting is good for you because…
1) It Relieves Abdominal Pain
You’ve probably heard that you should chew your food 32 times before swallowing. While this number isn’t scientifically proven, it is supported by science. Your teeth are the first step of many that food will go through as it digests.
But despite the many steps, some food may make it to the colon undigested. When this happens, intestinal bacteria get to work breaking down the remaining food. These bacteria produce a gas as a byproduct of their own digestive processes.
When this gas builds up in the colon, it can cause pain and bloating. That’s when your friend, Fart, jumps into action, releasing this gas through the rectum.
2) Farts Help You Balance Your Diet
Your farts can tell you a lot about your diet. If you’re eating too much protein, you may have small but very smelly farts. If you eat too many carbs your belly may fill with gas that comes out in a rush, but is relatively odor neutral.
Processed foods may affect your farts. Too much sugar could impact you. Ultimately, listen to your body and improve your diet if needed.
3) Farts Help You Diagnose Food Allergies
Lactose intolerance, celiac disease, wheat sensitivity and other common allergies and ailments can be diagnosed through farts.
Again listen to your body. If what you eat makes you uncomfortable, begin a process of elimination to figure out what the culprit is.
4) Farts May Prevent Heart Disease
We know the song, “Bean, Beans, good for your heart.” But you probably never thought that farting is good for you in this way.
A study performed in England showed that smelling farts in moderation may prevent mitochondrial cell damage. This kind of damage is thought to be a major factor in the development of conditions like:
- Heart disease
So if smelling farts has always been your guilty pleasure, you now know that you’re doing something good for your body.
5) Farting Feels Good
Our body rewards us for doing good things for it. That’s why yawning, crying, jogging and relieving ourselves feel good. Scoff if you will. It’s all very scientific.
These activities release endorphins, the feel good hormones. This natural reward system in our bodies helps us stay healthier because we want to feel good.
Farting Is Good For You and So Are We
Please be considerate of others. We’re not suggesting that you lie in wait and ambush people with this very healthy body function. But do understand the importance of your farts and listen to what they’re trying to tell you.
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