Intestinal gas, more commonly known as “fart” is a result of accumulation of gas in the intestines. In fact, the bacteria feed on the waste found in the large intestine and release gases which are expelled from the body. But these famous farts can say a lot about your body and your health.
The human fart 14 times a day, but some foods can cause more gas than usual as dried beans, onions, cabbage, radish. Additionally, foods like broccoli, eggs or meat containing sulfur can cause an unpleasant odor.
What’s the fart?
Fart consists of carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, indole and skatole. These are the main cause of the bad smell. The nature of farts and their frequency depends on the digestive system and the nature of your diet. If your farts are too frequent, it may indicate a malfunction of the digestive system or a poor diet.
When farts are pushy, this may indicate food poisoning or, in some cases, gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach lining).
In other situations, the reasons may be nervous. Indeed, a constant exposure to stress can promote an accumulation of gas in the intestine.
Some tips to follow
If your farts are more common than average (more than 22 a day), it means you must be careful with your diet. Opt for organic fruit and vegetables rich in fiber that promote good digestion and regulate intestinal transit. Fried foods and fatty sauces are to be avoided.
It is also advisable to take the time to chew the food before swallowing. By eating too fast, you risk swallowing too much air.
Finally, an old well known tip: do not talk with your mouth full! This promotes the accumulation of gas.
The smell of farts
Researchers at the University of Exeter in England found that hydrogen sulphide, responsible for the smell of farts, have a beneficial effect on the body’s cells. Indeed, this gas helps prevent disorders such as stroke, diabetes and even cancer. Prof. Matt Whiteman from the University of Exeter says, “due to illness, the body’s cells become stressed and produce enzymes that contain hydrogen sulfide”. This allows cells are controlling the inflammation.
Finally, here are the facts about the farts you have probably did not know:
- For fans of Japanese history, during the Edo period (1603-1868), the Japanese organized farts fighting. This was a very popular event.
- In South America, the members of the Yanomami tribe have a rather special way of greeting: the fart replaces the handshake.
- In the world, in one second, more than 115 million farts are produced, or 100 billion farts daily.