Face it; everybody passes gas. It’s a natural body function that everyone from babies to seniors does on a daily basis. Sadly, we live in a society where you can’t just sit around farting all day.
There is rarely an appropriate occasion to really let one rip. In quiet meeting rooms and trendy bars up and down the country, people are right now desperately holding in the gas. But in case you didn’t know, if you hold in your gas there’s a good chance that it will find a way to escape through your mouth.
According to one expert, if you hold your fart in, that gas will find its way out of your body in a very surprising way. In a piece for The Conversation, Professor Clare Collins from the University of Newcastle revealed that the gas built up from avoiding the release would become “reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath.”
“Trying to hold it in leads to a build-up of pressure and major discomfort. Holding on too long means the build-up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.”
The nutrition and dietetics expert also noted that you could also be putting yourself at risk of diverticulitis where your stomach lining becomes inflamed by small pouches formed in it. However, research still hasn’t confirmed this as a fact yet.
“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.”
Instead of holding your fart in, Collins has a little bit of advice:
“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.”
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