Doctor shares horrifying reasons why you should never hold your farts in

A DOCTOR has revealed the horrifying reasons why you should never hold in your farts.

We all pass wind and some of us undoubtedly fart more than others, but one NHS doctor says when it comes to gas, it's better out than in.


We pass wind because of the gas in our bodies that builds up throughout the day.

The NHS says the average person lets off around a pint of intestinal gas a day.

Posting to TikTok, Dr Faraz said you should let out your farts to avoid your burps smelling like you've just let one off.

He said: "Don't hold in your farts. The average person farts 20 times a day."

Dr Faraz explained that everybody farts, and showed an image of the Queen smiling with the caption "one's face when one has farted".

He continued: "Gas forms naturally in your stomach as a waste product of digestion. It gets mixed with air that you swallow when you eat and drink.

"If you hold in a fart you can cause yourself heartburn, bloating and pain.

"The gas could come out as a smelly burp and make your breath stink. Imagine doing a burp that smells like a fart."

While Dr Faraz said you shouldn't hold your farts in, there are things you can do to make sure they aren't too smelly.

Registered Dietitian Dr Megan Rossi who is working with Poo-Pourri said if you're staying safe at home with the family or housemates due to the coronavirus lockdown you might be feeling some poop anxiety.

"It's worth knowing that ignoring the urge to poop allows more time for the water to be absorbed, which can mean a hard and dry poop that can lead to constipation."

She also gave her top tips to avoid flatulence.

She said it's important to avoid sweeteners as they are hard for your small intestine to absorb.

As well as this she added: "If the smell is getting to you, watch how much protein you're eating. 

How to keep your gut healthy

If you think you’re farting more than you should you might need to rethink your gut health

Dr Lisa Das, Consultant Gastroenterologist at OneWelbeck says simple pleasures such as enjoying meals with friends and family can become life-changing when the gastrointestinal tract starts acting up.

She said there are things you can do at home to try and prevent problems.

  1. Check your stools: "When working well, it’s a pleasant and satisfying end to our digestive process", Dr Lisa says. "It’s good to know what your ’normal’ is as that varies quite widely. If there is any prolonged deviation from your ‘normal’ that’s a cue to see your doctor."
  2. Skin signs:  "A blistering rash that’s very itchy in patches may be a sign of Coeliac sprue which is a gluten-related disease", Dr Lisa adds. "If both palms are redder than usual, this may signify too much alcohol use or liver diseases."
  3. Oral health: While we all brush our teeth twice a day, Dr Lisa says there are other signs to look out for. "Small aphthous ulcers occur in many around colds/flu, but if they’re not healing in a reasonable time or if they’re recurring, these can be a warning sign for more serious problems such as inflammation of the bowel or intestines

"Try limiting protein to 1g per kg of your body weight daily for two weeks. If you then want to increase, try balancing higher protein with fibre (e.g wholegrains or vegetables) at each meal."

For those who like a drink though Dr Rossi said you should limit your consumption of wine because of the amount of sulphates it contains.

She added: "Try peppermint oil capsules, especially with trapped wind as it relaxes the gut.

"There's no clinical evidence for peppermint tea, as it's probably too low a dose – but it won't hurt if you feel it helps."

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