As taboo as it may be to talk about, farting can tell us a lot about ourselves, our fitness, and ultimately, our health.
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, farts consist of:
- 9% nitrogen
- 21% hydrogen
- 9% carbon dioxide
- 7% methane
- 4% oxygen
- 1% hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)
It might make you feel better to know that most of our farting is said to happen while we are sleeping (not while we are at the gym!).
Farting is good for you. Here are some reasons why:
- Reduces Bloating
By passing gas, you decrease the tension in your belly by releasing the gas built up.
- It Helps Balance Your Diet & Food Choices
Farting can help you figure out if your diet is balanced – if you eat too much meat, you will have smellier farts, versus eating carbs, you’ll have more neutral smelling odor.
- Help Determine Food Intolerances/Allergies
Flatulence can tell you a lot about the kinds of foods your body can tolerate. This is because you will pass a lot of extra gas after consuming foods that do not “set well”. If this occurs and you suspect you might have an issue with a certain type of food, you should keep a detailed food journal and seek professional dietary advice.
- Gases Produced In Intestines Prevent Mitochondrial Damage
Gasses produced in the intestines are actually good for you! The hydrogen sulfide by-product protects against mitochondrial damage which prevents strokes, heart attacks and arthritis.
So … next time you get some gas, go ahead and pass it!
It’s good for you!
Just remember, not everyone wants to smell you so while this is a great rationale for WHY farting is necessary, it doesn’t mean you need to “crop dust” the entire gym or class!