Our culture is full of acceptable and unacceptable social behaviours.
Most people will not point and stare at someone as that would be considered rude. Spitting, yelling and littering are other examples of what most of us consider rude or unacceptable behaviour in public.
So what about flatulence?
Most of us would consider flatulence or farting in public a big no no. Anyone who has farted loudly in the company of others will say that it is very embarrassing to say the least!
But farting or passing gas is a completely normal and natural bodily function. We all do it, even kings and queens!
Not only is farting normal; it is absolutely vital for a number of health reasons.
Farting is a crucial part of digestion, specifically when the gut needs to break down foods and eliminate certain by-products.
So without further ado…The 7 amazing health benefits of farting:
IT’S GOOD FOR THE COLON
Holding in any type of bodily reaction is not good for your health; whether it’s urine, bowel movements or gas. In social situations, there isn’t much harm in holding in an embarrassing toot or two. Those with some digestive issues, however, should know that holding in the body’s attempt to release by-products of gastrointestinal system is potentially problematic.
IT HELPS WITH BLOATING
The feeling of being bloated can be very uncomfortable. Bloating is often experienced shortly after eating a meal, particularly a large one. It can lead to painful gut ache and pain. Bloating may also indicate a buildup of gas that needs to be released. While the buildup of gas isn’t usually harmful, it can be very uncomfortable. Farting or passing gas can immediately lesson any bloating or pain.
THE SMELL IS HEALTHY
Ok… we know. But, it is actually a naturally healthy benefit of passing gas. When we fart, we release a small amount of hydrogen sulfide, which may be beneficial in thwarting off future illness. Studies suggest that hydrogen sulfide in these low doses may help prevent cell damage and even help prevent heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
IT MEANS A HEALTHY GUT FLORA
Eating foods high in fibre is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients. These are foods such as broccoli, cabbage, lentils, and beans. These foods improve our digestive functions and they produce more gas. Fermented foods are also fabulous gut friends.
IT CAN HELP WITH A BALANCED DIET
The gas we pass may indicate the type of foods our gut needs. It may also indicate the foods that we may be over eating. For example, when we don’t consume enough fibre, we don’t fart as much. And if we over indulge in meat, our farts may give off a very unpleasant odour, indicating that we may need to cut back a little.
IT CAN HELP WITH A BALANCED DIET
This is one of the more important benefits of farting. Interestingly, the characteristics of farts can actually help predict health issues in some cases. Unhealthy characteristics of farts include: extreme odours, pains when passing gas, and an increasing frequency. These symptoms may help diagnose anything from food intolerance to colon cancer.
IT’S INSTANT RELIEF
Ok, so this one isn’t all too groundbreaking…but it’s true isn’t it?! Gas buildup, bloating, and gut pain can all be alleviated or reduced by simply letting out a fart. It may be embarrassing, but the next time you feel the extreme need to let one loose, go straight ahead! Please, just not around me…