We’re so prone to quietly covering up the fact that we pass gas (or blaming it on the dog) that it’s almost humorous to admit that farting is not only simply a fact of life—but a healthy one. So regardless if you let er’ rip, make those noises under your armpit, or are part of the silent yet deadly club, let’s put the jokes aside for just a moment to talk seriously about flatulence…
1. What Makes Us Fart?
Gas is so embarrassing that often, when we hold it in or rush outside for fear of passing gas in front of others—we’re actually making the symptoms of gas worse. According to statistics from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the average, healthy individual passes gas between 15 and 20-times per day! So yes, your workplace is literally a swirling room of human flatulence right now.
But gas—that means, farting and burping—is meant to relieve abdominal discomfort that’s pent up after too much air enters the gastrointestinal (GI) tract via breathing, eating, or even due to certain foods we eat not agreeing so well with our digestive system and producing excess gas in the colon.