In a society as open and as accepting as today’s, it is still interesting to see how releasing body gases continues to represent a taboo. Flatulence is a natural reflex of the body, which releases toxic gases after the food is processed. Of course, medically, flatulence is normal, but when the condition goes public, there is a socially-immoral aspect that hangs in the air.
A fart in public is considered an embarrassment and humiliation in front of others. However, as science would have it, letting gases is actually a healthy way to eliminate body toxins. Now that we declared farting healthy, let’s look at its actual benefits.
Top 7 Benefits of farting
According to Dr. Mark Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter,
‘Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced by the body and could, in fact, be in a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of reasons’.
- It Helps with Colon Health
Keeping gases inside the body is not healthy for the colon, and can lead to many digestive issues, as well as colon cancer. Therefore, surpass your ethical code and let your colon do its job.
- It Alleviates Bloating
Bloating can be a side-effect of gases stuck in the body, as it mostly happens after meals. Bloating can manifest very harshly at times, causing stomach aches and cramps, so it’s best you deal with the ‘situation’.
- Its Smell Is Therapeutic
Yes, it sounds yucky, but it is also true. When gas is released, it also released a compound known as hydrogen sulfide. This substance is beneficial in preventing cell damage, heart failure, and even stroke.
- It Regulates the Gut
Purna Kashyap, an expert in gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic, says that ‘Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients. If we didn’t feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut.’
Related foods include those packed with fiber, like lentils, beans, kale, cabbage, and broccoli. They help cleanse the gut but cause gas as well. There you go.
- It Balances the Diet
Gas takes out the worst in food and eliminates it from the body. Gases can also recognize the foods we like to eat, so if you are keen on something particular, now you know why.
- It Sends Health Alerts
Keeping your body clock and health in check, this may be the most essential benefit of farting. Some of the symptoms of a problem will likely manifest with super-smelly gases, pains when releasing gas and frequent farting.
- It Relaxes the Body
We’ve all been there, and you know it’s true. Gas helps the intestines and stomach muscles relax, which then prevents bloating and constipation.
And while you might turn red while doing it, you are actually benefiting your health and, apparently, the health of others as well.