Stop holding those farts in. Here are 7 unexpected health benefits of passing gas

written by D.G. Sciortino

If you’ve ever shamed yourself or have been shamed by someone else for passing wind, just tell them you’re being healthy.

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,

  • 9% nitrogen
  • 21% hydrogen
  • 9% carbon dioxide
  • 7% methane
  • 4% oxygen
  • 1% hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)

Medical Daily suggests people flatulate between five and 10 times a day, though has that number at 14. Most of our farts occur while we sleep. Foods that are known to cause flatulence are high in carbohydrates like including beans, artichokes, dairy products, sweet potatoes, oats, nuts, soy, and wheat.

You’d have to eat only refined sugars if you wanted to stop farting, and that isn’t healthy for anyone.

Despite what society tell us, women fart just as much as men. In fact, says women had more concentrated and odorous farts in a study where men and women who ate the same type and quantity of food.

Regardless of why or how many times we fart, here are some reasons it is good for us.

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