Posted on: June 5, 2015 at 8:38 am
Last updated: November 30, 2018 at 10:25 am

So it happened again. You let one slip out, and what’s worse, it happened in front of company. If this reminds you of a recent situation you have to ask yourself, should you really have been holding back your wind in the first place?  Let’s face it your body is not a car, so you should not be holding on to your gas. Here are 10 health benefits of farting you need to know.


1) It Gets Rid Of Waste

Although it is a natural occurrence in the human body, many of us call farts a ‘toxic gas’. In reality, the wind you break is actually a sign of good health. Your body releases the stinky gas as a part of its digestion process. Farting helps to expel the parts of digested food that could not be used or turned into energy for the body to use.

2) It Helps With Bloating

Have you ever noticed that after a while, holding in your gas leaves you with a feeling that can only be described as balloon like?  According to Dr.Lisa Ganjhu, a doctor of osteopathy and a clinical assistant professor of medicine and gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, “Anything that affects downstream will affect upstream.”


What Dr. Ganjhu means by this is any air that builds in your gastrointestinal tract will eventually try to escape. If it cannot find the clear passage through your colon it will more than likely push its way upwards in the intestinal tract causing bloating in the midsection. To avoid this bloating, or better still get rid of it, all you need to do is break some wind.

3) It’s A Part Of Your Body’s Warning System

Your body can be hard to understand, but, that does not mean what it is trying to tell you is not important. When you experience chronic flatulence your stomach is trying to give you a warning.

This warning usually has to do with your diet; it could mean that you are eating something your stomach is unable to fully digest, or, that you are eating something your body just can’t break down.

As the average amount of flatulence you should experience in a day is anywhere from 10 to 20 individual farts if you feel you are experiencing far beyond this average it could mean you need to make a drastic change in your diet.


4) Prevent Injury To Your Colon

It might seem crazy, but holding in your farts could do serious damage to your colon. If you suffer from severe obstruction in your colon, you could be putting yourself at risk for a serious, and painful, colon burst. According to Dr. Ganjhu when it comes to your colon “If there are any weaknesses in the walls, eventually it can burst.”

Although, it should be noted, according to Dr. Ganjhu “that kind of thing only happens with critically ill patients, and even then, it’s rare.”

5) It Gives You Relief

Probably the most universally applicable benefit to why you should fart is that it simply gives you relief. With all the stress that a normal day has to offer the last thing you should add to your worries list is the worry of having to hold one in. The truth is by letting it go you will be much happier and much healthier.

The best advice you could ever get from your parents is the last thing you might have expected. It truly is much better out than in, so go ahead and let it go already.

The Hearty Soul
Health Network
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