It’s time to clear the air! There’s no denying it, we all fart. And while passing wind in public may be poor etiquette, gas is a sign of a healthy diet and digestive system.
So, what’s normal? The truth is, everyone’s different. The average person passes wind 15 times a day, but for some people this can climb as high as 40. And surprisingly, smell isn’t an issue for everyone – only four in 10 people emit smelly gas!
Passing wind is a natural by-product of digestion, and the more fibre in your diet, the more gas you’ll produce. Think of notoriously gassy foods such as baked beans, cabbage and lentils – these are all rich in fibre and help your digestive system stay healthy.
Fibre is hard for our body to digest. It becomes fodder for the bacteria living in our gut, producing gas that can cause excessive gas, and in some cases, bloating. But experts warn gas is better out than in, and holding in farts can only cause more bloating and discomfort.
We answer all your questions about farting, and share important tips for a healthier gut, in the September issue of Healthy Food Guide – on sale now!