Why do we Fart?

Farting a way to release the gas built up in the stomach, which is a byproduct of digestion.

Farting is a completely normal process of the human, actually any body, even animals. Fart, or flatulence, technically refers to the process of air leaving the anus. While, farting is considered to immature or improper, the truth of the matter is that everyone farts. They just don’t do it in public.

Flatulence is a biological process that, believe it or not, is essential for our survival. While eating and drinking, there are times when we swallow some air with the food and drink. This air goes directly to our stomach with the food. Also, gases form in the stomach and intestines as a byproduct of digestion, or sue to incomplete digestion.

Now, all these gases are accumulating in our stomach and intestines. They need some place to go, otherwise we would just keep blowing up like a balloon until a time when there is no more space in our body. Then, we would just pop, like the said balloon when it is filled too far. This air escapes via two main processes. If the air is in the stomach, it may travel back up through the esophagus and exit the mouth as a burp. Or, on the other hand, the gas may move to the intestine and join the gas there. This gas only has one way to go, out the anus, i.e. fart.

Some people are more prone to flatulence, as opposed to others. Flatulence is also influenced by what we eat. Foods such as beans, lentils, dairy products, onions, garlic, spring onions, leeks, turnips, swedes, radishes, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cashews, Jerusalem artichokes, oats, wheat, and yeast in breads. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other vegetables, not only increases the amount of gas, but also makes the gas smelly.

Also, farts ideally do not make a sound. The sound is due to the vibrations of the rectum. The loudness of the fart depends on how much pressure is behind the gas, as well as the tightness of the sphincter muscles. If the muscles are loose and relaxed, chances the sound is either very low or nonexistent.

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