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Why Smelly Farts Are Healthy Signs And Can Benefit People Around Us

Why Smelly Farts Are Healthy Signs And Can Benefit People Around Us

Farting is a natural and (sometimes) funny occurrence in our daily lives. Some people even fart over ten times a day. A fart is a buildup of pressure from inside the stomach that is released and with enough force, either audible or quiet. Everybody feels the quiver and pull from the intestines while prepping a fart, and at times that release of air is one of the best feelings in the immediate moment. It’s the after life of the fart that can be a bit troubling, when the air turns on the odor and is left to linger with the surrounding environment. Farts can tend to be a bit on the stinkier side, but never fear, smelly farts can actually be telling you that your body is in fact, healthy. And you might be surprised to learn that smelling farts makes us healthier too!

What Fart Smells Mean

Farts are a sign that your body has contracted a necessary and healthy amount of fiber, which is a great way for your body to inform you. A fart means that there is good bacteria in the intestines and that the body is working correctly. A fart that is odorless (being of mainly carbon-dioxide) happens more often than people realize, and is perfectly normal. The scent that comes along with farts is usually from hydrogen sulfide, broken down from the various foods that get put in the body. These compounds, when being digested, are part of the process in creating the odor that will accompany the gas that leaves your behind. Now, there are various levels of fart smells, ranging from a mild nuisance to a pungent stank.

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Smelling People’s Farts Might Actually Help People Live Longer

A mild smelling fart is nothing to worry about. There has even been research showing that smelling people’s farts might actually help people live longer. Yes, that’s right, the methane smell of people’s farts can actually help reduce life altering diseases. One particular one is Dementia, a mind altering disease wherein people watch their loved ones forget everything. Hydrogen sulfide changes the way enzymes function in the disease.

Also, new studies by Exeter University in England explain that they help prevent mitochondrial damage. These health benefits, plus the natural flatulence saying your body is healthy, are just a few of the ways that farts are being beneficial in your life.

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How About Extremely Smelly Farts?

Extremely smell toots might cause people to think they are more unhealthy, but in fact, it is generally fine and dandy! The wretched stench of a fart usually means that your diet has consisted of mainly heavy hydrogen sulfide producing foods. These are usually indicative to a person maintaining a diet high in fiber. These foods include eggs, beans and broccoli. Red meat is one of the most profound foods for having farts that really stink.

The only problem that might come along with very smelly farts is that it happens immediately after the consumption of dairy products. An orchestra of smelly farts right after a glass of milk or anything with cheese might be a symptom of lactose intolerance. Chronically smelly farts might also be a sign of a gastrointestinal problem, like irritable bowel syndrome. But these are a bit more rare cases, as smelly farts are generally a healthy sign of intestinal goodness.

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Conclusion

Go ahead, let your farts squeak out as often as you would like. It’s always a fun game to guess what kind of fart you will produce, maybe you can even start predicting based on your diet. That bean and steak burrito you had for lunch? Yea, let’s see how rank you can make your next series of farts be. And of course, never be scared of your own stench, in fact, it might even be helping you combat disease. Farts are fun, farts are life.

Featured photo credit: Bradley Gordon via flickr.com

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How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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