Why You Shouldn’t Shut The Fart Up!

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Don’t be embarrassed, there’s nothing wrong in letting that air go. Yes, you read it correctly. Farting is a sign of good health and studies have proven this.

As natural as farting is, people tend to look down on it; but flatulence may be a great way to let people know you’re eating healthy foods.

Farts are a mix of swallowed air that enters the digestive system “accidentally” while breathing (that would be all the air that passes through your mouth — whether it is via chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages and eating very quickly) and gas produced by the bacteria in your lower intestine.

The bacteria in your intestines create gases as they breakdown sugars and starches that your body can’t easily digest.

The bacteria breakdown process produces roughly between 2 and 6 cups of gas a day, and after it builds up, it needs to come out somewhere.

Regular farting is a sign that you’re consuming enough fiber, and have a healthy collection of bacteria in your intestines.

According to Gastroenterologist (which is latin for Fart Expert) Purna Kashyap at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesotta states, “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.”

Also, when it comes to farts, a little bit of smell can mean a lot less swell!  “Bacteria that make sulfide gas are really important,” Kashyap says. “They can cause smelliness, but they can reduce the total amount of gas flow.”  That’s because the flatulence fairies in your gut are creating small amounts of sulfur gas from larger amounts of other gases like hydrogen.

All that being said, it’ll probably be a long time before you can blast a fart in the elevator and get a thumbs-up for health from the person sharing it with you.  But if flatulence indicates health, you don’t want to prevent it completely, so what then?  Two possibilities are to reduce the amount you break wind, or mask it easily and consistently with products like fart filtering underwear.

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