Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tiwa Savage, who recently graced the cover of Guardian Life Magazine, made an interesting revelation about her personal life. The beautiful diva and a mother of one in a video that has gone viral shares some things people might not know about her, amongst them farting. According to her, farting is not only comfortable but also a way of offloading one’s burden. Unlike many people who generally frowned at farting in public and finds it embarrassing talking about it, Tiwa is an exception as she preaches that you shouldn’t be ashamed releasing a little gas. Farts are a sign we are healthy. It is a normal end result of a healthy digestive system and a good indicator of our well-being. On average, we fart about five to ten times a day prior to certain foods we consume, especially complex carbohydrates such as beans, sweet potatoes, oats and wheat, and foods that are packed full of nutritional value, all these and more can often lead to stronger odours.
Here are eight reasons why the habit is good for you, as compiled by encomium.ng
1. It reduces bloating.
The most common cause of bloating is a buildup of gas in your gut. The full tight discomfort that makes your pants a little tighter might just be because you need to fart. So don’t hold it in.
2. It helps you balance your diet.
Everyone has a unique gut, and we all handle foods differently. If you are experimenting with nutrition and diet, farts are a good indicator of balance or imbalance diet. Too much red meat, for example, usually results in a strong, unpleasant odour, while complex carbohydrates tend to cause larger amounts of gas with a more neutral odour.
3. It can relieve abdominal pain.
It might not be appropriate to fart in every situation, but holding it in, especially if you have a lot of gas in your gut, it can cause intestinal distension that hurts. However, if you feel that you need to fart but you can’t, try gently massaging your stomach to promote the movement of gas through your system.
4. Holding it in can be bad for your colon.
The best policy is to let it come out naturally. People whose colons have been compromised by illness are also advised not to hold in flatulence.
5. Inhaling farts is good for you.
This sounds silly, but a study from the University of Exeter has found that exposure to small amounts of hydrogen sulphide gas (which our guts produce during digestion) might prevent mitochondrial damage to our cells. This could prevent strokes, heart disease and arthritis, among other things.
6. Farts tell us about our health.
Pay attention to the gas you are passing every day. Is it frequent? Does it have a strong odour? Is there any pain? Flatulence can be an early warning sign for a range of health issues. If you have any pain or pronounced changes in your flatulence that you don’t think are related to diet, it might be worth seeing your doctor.
7. Diagnose food allergies.
Some food allergies cause us to have severe intestinal gas and this is certainly the case for lactose intolerance. If you have a notable increase in farting after consuming certain foods or food groups, consult your doctor; there are very simple tests that can tell you whether you should be avoiding those foods.
8. It feels good.
We should all admit it: It feels good to let out gas that has been sitting in our abdomens and bothering us. Holding in the gas can make us irritable and snappy. The best thing we can do is excuse ourselves to the bathroom and let it out quietly.
- Chika Okorie