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Here Is What Your Farts Reveal About Your Digestive Health

Here Is What Your Farts Reveal About Your Digestive Health

Farting could be an embarrassing thing in public and it could also provide for a good laugh in comedies. But did you know that by understanding your farts, you could actually learn a great deal about your digestive health?

You might have previously wondered whether if stinky farts are unhealthy and whether farting too frequently means having good intestinal health. Here are what the smell and frequency of your fart could tell you about the overall health of your digestive system.

1. Stinky Farts

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    Stinky farts are pretty normal if you’re eating red meats, broccoli, cauliflower, beans or milk. This scent is usually a gas created when we break down foods with sulphur in it called hydrogen sulfide.

    2. Extremely Stinky Farts

    If you’re passing out gas that is simply unbearable, it could mean that there is an underlying intestinal health issue your body might be experiencing. To see what your body can’t take, try taking various foods and check out to see if the farts are extremely stinky. For example, if taking dairy results in passing unbearable smelling farts, then it might be an indication that your body could be lactose intolerant.

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    3. Scentless Farts

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      Scentless farts are perfectly normal. Sometimes the gasses that we pass out could be from the air we take in through our mouths or a fizzy drink. Just like “burps”, these gasses are just passing out from somewhere else.

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      4. Farting Frequently

      If you find yourself farting frequently more than the advised 5-10 times a day, then it could mean that you’re suffering from excessive gas and bloating. Usually, when we fart too many times, it would come with discomfort and bloating. These are indications of a food allergy.

      To test it out, take note of the frequency of your farts after each and every meal and the ingredients that are involved such as cheese, milk, nuts or gluten. If the frequency goes up and it is coupled with bloating, you might want to go for an allergy test see if you’re allergic to a particular ingredient.

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        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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