Believe it or not, your farts are prolonging your life.

England may have found a new way to remain healthy. According to a study done by Exeter University, farting, the process of releasing gas from the body, is actually healthy. All the times you were worried that people might laugh if you audibly farted? Well, believe it or not, they should be thanking you — not laughing at the sound or cringing at the smell.

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Everybody farts. Whether in private, outside in nature, or surrounded by friends (or complete strangers), the pressure that is built inside from the quivering stomach muscle is released into the world. Depending on what is being held in the intestines or stomach acid, these farts can carry an incredibly raunch stench or be rather odorless. They can be silent, or if angled off the right chair, echo throughout an entire room. People will either own their farts with pride or stay quiet about the ordeal, even throwing someone else under the bus of stinky gases. The process of releasing gas is a natural function of the body, much like burping, and relieves pressure from deep within you. Have you ever thought to ask if it had any more functionality to the body?

Imagine you are in a high-end restaurant (or just finishing up at Taco Bell). The food is extremely rich in content and your stomach starts quivering. A sensation deep within the intestines is signalling to your body that you have to fart. According to scientists, farting is another bodily function meant to prolong life. This is due to the chemical makeup of the gas that exits your body. Like Flouride (found in the average toothpaste), Hydrogen Sulfide can be deadly in high doses. However, a fart contains a small dosage of H2S that is small enough to be consumed by humans. The specific amount that leaves the body in a fart is extremely healthy. Imagine, all the times you farted in class, you were helping those around you lead a healthier life.

But how is a fart healthy? Understanding the chemistry is the next step. Hydrogen Sulfide is produced via bacteria breaking down the food in the gut of any human. Apparently, a small dosage of Hydrogen Sulfide can help combat Dementia. This is because the disease changes the way enzymes work in the human body. While suffering with an illness, enzymes are hired to generate the gas anyway.

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A new compound, AP39, is being made out of the gas in order to pump straight to the disease in people. While still in the early testing phase, the compound has been effective in helping 80% more mitochondria survive with cardiovascular disease running rampant. But that is not all, the fart gas has the ability to keep people safe from heart attacks, strokes, arthritis, and cancer, according to The Mirror.

Hydrogen Sulfide is not only found within your body, but is also the culprit behind the foul smell of rotten eggs. That’s right — the awful and grotesque smell of past-due-date eggs is comprised of the same gas that is now being used to treat vicious diseases in the human body.

Maybe it is time for people with smelly farts to start bottling them up. Will jars of Hydrogen Sulfide start being the key to ridding the body of Dementia? Regardless, the next time you find yourself needing to release a fart, just go ahead and do it. Now you can be proud and even smile as the stench rises up to your nostrils. Not only are you helping yourself, but the others surrounding you will have to thank you as well. Stand up for your farts.

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