When it comes to our health, we tend to do anything to keep it in best shape. Sometimes, we regard our normal bodily functions as nasty without realizing that they can actually promote our health.
Flatulence, passing gas, farting… You can’t choose a pretty name for it since the very ‘act’ isn’t quite charming, but it is extremely important for your health. This bodily function is a normal part of digesting food.
Here are seven reasons why passing gas is crucial for you health:
- Reduces bloating
Bloating is quite unpleasant and happens if you don’t “let it rip” after a big meal. Even though it’s not dangerous, it can be quite unpleasant, and sometimes even painful. So, spare yourself the pain and let it out.
- Good for your colon
Anything that is held in for too long can’t be good for your health. Clenching in order to avoid a moment of embarrassment doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if you already have other digestive issues, holding in your gas can potentially cause medical troubles for your colon.
- It’s an excellent early warning system
Sometimes, farts can indicate certain changes in our bodies. Extreme odors, increasing gas frequency, and strange gas pains can alert you to conditions as mild as lactose intolerance, and as extreme as colon cancer.
- The odor is good for your health
As disgusting as it sounds, sniffing your fart is actually healthy. According to studies, a compound we produce in small quantities in our gas, hydrogen sulfide, might actually protect us from later illness.
- It can help you balance your diet
Farts can be an excellent indicator of what you need in your diet.
For instance, if you do it rarely, it can mean that you probably need more fiber and foods like lentils, beans, and kale in your diet.
Unpleasant odors can be caused by eating too much red meat.
- It indicates healthy, happy gut bacteria
Believe it or not, slimmer, healthier people often fart more.
Foods like cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts feed your microbiome and encourage more efficient digestion. These leafy greens promote the work of gut bacteria into high gear, which means both better digestion, and more gases produced.
- It’s a huge relief
Releasing a long-held fart is probably one of the most pleasurable feelings. Believe it or not, holding it in can make you grumpy and irritable, which is why releasing it will boost your mood.