No matter how much you try to deny it, you fart. Everyone does. And while it makes most of us blush when it happens around others, passing gas is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a sign of good health and has health benefits. Dr. Nandi wants you to be your own health hero and stop holding it in.
Gas Reduces Bloating
Gas naturally forms through the body’s digestion process, and it needs a place to go. Suppose you don’t let it out via passing gas. In that case, it will work its way back into the intestinal tract, causing uncomfortable bloating.
It’s a Relief
When you hold in your gas, refusing to let your body do what it needs to do, you cause pressure in both your rectum and your intestines. After a time, this can cause hemorrhoids or even a distended bowel.
The Smell Is Good for You
While most people tolerate the smell of their gas better than others, perhaps everyone should take a sniff once in a while. In the chemical makeup of gas are small amounts of hydrogen sulfide. While this is toxic at high levels, the minute traces released help protect against cell damage and may be able to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Lets You Know What You Need
From the frequency to the odor, passing gas can act as a health barometer and, based on specific facts, can clue you into what changes you need to make to improve your health. For instance, if you’re not passing gas at least five to 10 times a day—14 is normal—you should increase your fiber intake. If you always seem to have an unpleasant smell, perhaps you’re overeating red meat.
Regardless of who you are, passing gas is nothing to be embarrassed about. It happens to everybody every day and is a sign that your body’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing.
- About half a liter of gas is released through the five to 20 farts a day the average person has.
- The typical chemical makeup of human gas is 59 percent nitrogen, 21 percent hydrogen, 9 percent carbon dioxide, 7 percent methane, and 4 percent oxygen.
- Foods rich in complex carbohydrates are known to cause more gas, including beans, artichokes, dairy products, sweet potatoes, wheat, soy, and nuts.
- Farting should not cause discomfort; if it does, it may signify a gastrointestinal issue.
- The sound that often accompanies the passing of gas comes from vibrations of the rectum caused by pushing the air out.