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Don’t hold it in! 5 reasons why farting is actually very good for you

Published on:31 October 2020, 16:29pm IST
Farts might be smelly and embarrassing but you can’t just negate the benefits it has in store for you.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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When you feel that pressure building in your stomach, there is nothing more satisfying than a fart. Now come one ladies, you know it’s true! You might consider farting to be embarrassing, but once you know how beneficial this act is for you—you will be literally surprised.

But before we share that with you, do you know why we actually fart? Well, when we eat, speak, or chew we tend to swallow air. Plus, during the process of digestion our body releases some gases as a by-product. Burping and farting helps release all this air and gas from our body.

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Now that you know why farting is necessary, let’s explore the great things that happen to your body when you fart:

1. It reduces abdomen pain

Of course, when gas gets accumulated in your gut it puts pressure on the abdomen. Due to this you can have a swollen stomach and might even be in extreme pain. Passing gas can give you instant relief from such a situation. Do you know if you hold a fart in or are unable to fart, then the gas accumulated in your gut can also give you a severe headache?

2. It reduces bloating

Bloating is basically a mix of water and gas. It usually happens when you eat a large meal and don’t give it time to digest. Bloating won’t just give a swollen belly, but can also be very painful.

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According to a study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, farting means an instant reduction of a swollen belly (caused by bloating), helping you feel much more comfortable.

3. They are an indicator of food allergies

If you are allergic to a particular food, then you might experience more gas upon their consumption. So, if eating certain kinds of foods makes you gassy, then it could be your body’s way of saying that you must stay away from them.

4. Farts can help you detect problems with your colon health

If your fart has a very funky smell, you experience pain while farting, or if you are farting way too often—then it could be an indication that your gut isn’t functioning properly. This improper functioning can also lead to gastric issues and even constipation—which can be problematic in the longer run.

5. Farting helps in preventing illnesses

When we fart, we release some amount of hydrogen sulphide. According to studies, if you don’t fart then this gas keeps on accumulating inside your body and in severe cases can also lead to cell damage and heart problems and even stroke.

Do you know it is okay if you fart 14 to 20 times a day? So don’t be ashamed of farting as it’s your body’s way to indicate about your well-being.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.