How holding in a fart could cause you to breathe it out of your mouth instead. It turns out holding in a fart to save face can have some pretty nasty consequences. While farting is a completely normal bodily function, some people don’t like to admit they ever do it.
Whether you’re one of those people, or someone who thinks passing wind is hilariously funny, you will on average produce half a litre of fart gas a day.
If you are disgusted by this idea and try your hardest to hold the gas in and not fart in front of others, you’re not alone, but you also could be suffering some nasty consequences, reports Coventry Live .
According to experts if you hold a fart in the gas can recirculate around the body and come out from some shocking places.
You can’t help it when nature calls
Clare Collins, a professor in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, writes for The Conversation to explain what farts are and what happens if you hold them in.
She said: “The next time you feel a large volume of intestinal gas getting ready to do what it does, try to move to a more convenient location. Whether you make it there or not, the best thing for your digestive health is to just let it go.
“A build up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with some gas reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath.
“Holding on too long means the build up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.”
Holding in a fart means you could end up breathing the gas out of your mouth. She added that is could also lead to a condition called diverticulitis, where small pouches develop in the gut lining and become inflamed.
However the evidence linking the two isn’t extensive.
If everything is ticking along nicely, the average person farts around 15 times a day. The average person is thought to fart up to 15 times a day
This is a physiological necessity as we need to release all the intestinal gas which builds up as a result of digesting food.
This gas can be found throughout the digestive tract, including the stomach, small intestine, colon, and rectum. Gas is also automatically accumulated as a result of swallowing air when we chew or talk.
The build-up can also be caused by accumulating bacteria in our gut and carbohydrates which haven’t been digested properly.