All of us experience silently scolding our own bottoms with “not now, not now!” However, closing your bum cheeks tightly is not always the right option as it may only release the problem somewhere else.
Farts are actually inconsiderate and determined pests that will find a way to escape from your body. If the back door exit is not available, they could come out through your mouth!
Nutrition and dietetics professor Clare Collins explained that a held-in fart can be reabsorbed in the bloodstream and be breathed out through the mouth.
She said: “Trying to hold it in leads to a build up of pressure and major discomfort.
A build up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with some gas reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath. Holding on too long means the build up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.
The research is not clear on whether the rise in pressure in your rectum increases your chance of developing a condition called diverticulitis, where small pouches develop in the gut lining and become inflamed – or whether it doesn’t matter at all.”
Professor Collins also added:
“The next time you feel a large volume of intestinal gas getting ready to do what it does, try to move to a more convenient location.
Whether you make it there or not, the best thing for your digestive health is to just let it go.”
She also explained that your diet can be a contributing factor when it comes to the extremity and level of farting.
“The smelliest farts are due to sulphur containing gases. This was confirmed in a study of 16 healthy adults who were fed pinto beans and lactulose, a non-absorbable carbohydrate that gets fermented in the colon. The odour intensity of flatus samples was evaluated by two judges (pity them).
The good news was that in a follow-up experiment, the researchers identified that a charcoal-lined cushion was able to help quash the smell of the sulphur gases.”
It is always better to move to a more convenient place to release those gases than letting them escape from your mouth. Although it can be really worrisome in the middle of a serious meeting!
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