Since we spoke about our "colon" the other day and ways to help heal it . . . I thought we'd take today and talk about "farting" and why it's so important.
So the question for today is this . . . why do we fart???
Well . . . farting is a "normal" part of digestion that reflects the "activity" of the bacteria in the gut (intestines). Do you ever notice that you fart more when you eat certain foods that are more difficult to digest such as beans or raw vegetables?
Well . . . believe it or not . . . Farting is our own personal little meter as to how healthy our intestines really are.
But . . . while farting every day is normal, farting all the time is "not".
The reason is this . . . excessive farting is called flatulence, which can not only make you feel uncomfortable, but it might also be a sign of health problems such as digestive issues or improper diet.
Excessive flatulence can be caused by swallowing more air than usual or eating food that's difficult to digest. It can also be related to an underlying health problem affecting the digestive system such as recurring indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
So what exactly is farting???
Well . . . it's tiny amounts of hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane combined with hydrogen sulfide and ammonia in the large intestine. And this is also what gives this gas its smell.
So how can we tell if we fart too much???
Well . . . simply put . . . you have "excessive flatulence" if you fart more than 20 times per day. And this could be a sign of a health issue.
So what are some of the other questions we have about farting that nobody wants to ask???
Well . . . How about . . . why do we fart before we poop?
Well . . . you're more likely to fart when the muscles in the intestines are stimulated, like when having a bowel movement. This is normal!
What about smell?
Well . . . a bacteria buildup and digestive tract infection are a major cause of "too much" smell.
Disruption in the digestive process can cause an overgrowth of bacteria. This is the "bad" bacteria I'm alway talking about, leaving some bacteria causing an infection in the intestines. And with this . . . it can cause a higher volume of gas than normal and a strong-smelling odor. So if you find everyone in the house has to leave when you stink up the bathroom . . . this may be a health issue.
Okay . . . moving on . . .Why do we fart so much at night?
Well . . . A buildup of gas-producing foods and swallowed air during the day may make you more flatulent in the evening. Most people do not sleep-fart frequently. But if you are a night farter . . . it could be a result of illness, digestive disorders, food intolerances, stress, changes in eating habits or hormonal shifts.
And for the ladies out there . . . why do we fart when having our period?
Well . . . that would be due to rising hormone levels in the days leading up to our period. These higher levels of estrogen cause gas, constipation, and trapped air and gas in the intestinal tract.
Okay . . . so one last question . . . what does it mean when you fart out blood?
Well . . . most likely that would be "Hemorrhoids".
You see . . . hemorrhoids are abnormally swollen veins in the rectum and anus that bleed with minor pressure such as when we have a bowel movement. They can be painful or painless depending on their location. And something as simple as a little fart can cause too much pressure and cause bleeding.
So tomorrow let's continue on and talk more about Hemorrhoids.
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