If you’ve ever shamed yourself or have been shamed by someone else for passing wind, just tell them you’re being healthy.
Farting isn’t the most glamorous way to improve or assess our health, but it is indicative of a healthy, well-functioning digestive system and balanced level of gut bacteria.
According to thefartfacts.com,
- 9% nitrogen
- 21% hydrogen
- 9% carbon dioxide
- 7% methane
- 4% oxygen
- 1% hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)
Medical Daily suggests people flatulate between five and 10 times a day, though thefartfacts.com has that number at 14. Most of our farts occur while we sleep. Foods that are known to cause flatulence are high in carbohydrates like including beans, artichokes, dairy products, sweet potatoes, oats, nuts, soy, and wheat.
You’d have to eat only refined sugars if you wanted to stop farting, and that isn’t healthy for anyone.
Despite what society tell us, women fart just as much as men. In fact, thefartfacts.com says women had more concentrated and odorous farts in a study where men and women who ate the same type and quantity of food.
Regardless of why or how many times we fart, here are some reasons it is good for us.
Bloating is caused by a build-up of gas in your gut which farting releases. If your pants are feeling a little tight, consider cracking a rat.
It Helps to Balance Your Diet
Passing wind can help you to determine whether or not your diet is balanced since your body will react to different foods in a different manner. So, if you’re eating a lot of red meat, your farts will stink more. If you eat a lot of carbs, you’ll fart more but they’ll have a more neutral odor.