Discover what your farts reveal about your health

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Intestinal gases, more commonly known as “farts”, are the result of an accumulation of gas in the intestines. In fact, the bacteria feed on the waste that is in the large intestine and release gases that are expelled from the body. But these famous farts can say a lot about your body and your health …

Humans fart 14 times a day, and some foods can cause more gas than usual, such as dried beans, onions, cabbage, radishes. On the other hand, foods like broccoli, eggs or meat contain sulfur that can cause an unpleasant odor.

What does the fart contain?

The fart is composed of carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen, hydrogen sulphide, indole and skatole. These last three are the main culprits of the bad smell. The nature of farts and their frequency depend on the digestive system and the nature of your diet. If your farts are too frequent, this may indicate a malfunction of the digestive system or a poor diet.
When farts are too insistent, this may indicate food poisoning or, in some cases, gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach).
In other situations, the reasons may be nervous. Indeed, constant exposure to stress can promote gas accumulation in the intestine.

Some tips to follow …

If your farts are more frequent than the average (more than 22 per day), it means that you have to pay attention to your diet. Favor the consumption of organic fruits and vegetables rich in fiber which favor a good digestion and regulate the intestinal transit. Fries and fat sauces are to be avoided.
It is also advisable to take the time to chew food before swallowing. By eating too quickly, you may swallow too much air.
Finally, an old tip well known: do not talk with your mouth full! This promotes the accumulation of gases.

The smell of fart, good for health?

Researchers at the University of Exter, England, discovered that hydrogen sulphide, responsible for the smell of farts, would have a beneficial effect on the cells of the body. Indeed, this gas would help prevent disorders such as stroke, diabetes and even cancer. According to Professor Matt Whiteman of the University of Exter, “As a result of a disease, the body’s cells become stressed and produce enzymes that contain hydrogen sulphide. The latter allows cells to live by controlling inflammation. Not so disgusting, farts …
Finally, here are some facts about farts that you probably did not know:

  • For fans of Japanese history, during the Edo period (1603-1868), the Japanese organized fights of farts. A very popular event that has been represented several times in different tables.
  • In South America, members of the Yanomami tribe have a rather special way of greeting each other: the farts replaces the handshake.
  • In one second, more than 115 million farts are produced, or 100 billion farts per day.

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