Okay, so it’s not the most glamorous health tip, and some people might find it a little embarrassing to talk about. But farting is a normal result of a healthy digestive system and good indicator of our well-being. On average, we fart about five to 10 times a day, according to Medical Daily.
Certain foods make us fart more, especially complex carbohydrates such as beans, sweet potatoes, oats and wheat, and foods that are packed full of nutritional value can often lead to a stronger odor.
Whether you fart five or 50 times a day, here are eight reasons why you should let it out and pay attention.
1. It reduces bloating. The most common cause of bloating is a buildup of gas in your gut. That’s right: The full, tight discomfort that makes your pants a little tighter might just be because you need to fart. So don’t hold it in.
2. It’ll help you balance your diet. Everyone has a unique gut, and we all handle foods differently. If you are experimenting with nutrition and diet, farts are a good indicator of balance or imbalance, according to Huffington Post. Too much red meat, for example, usually results in a strong, unpleasant odor, while complex carbohydrates tend to cause larger amounts of gas with a more neutral odor.
3. It can relieve abdominal pain. It might not be appropriate to fart in every situation, but holding it in, especially if you have a lot of gas in your gut, can cause intestinal distension that hurts, according to Berkeley Wellness.
If you feel that you need to fart but you can’t, try gently massaging your stomach to promote the movement of gas through your system.
4. Holding it in can be bad for your colon. Withholding gas can exacerbate hemorrhoids, for example, as can trying to manipulate the way gas comes out. The best policy is to let it come out naturally. People whose colons have been compromised by illness are also advised not to hold in flatulence.