Why you shouldn’t hold-in your fart

Farting is a normal part of digestion; although it’s considered embarrassing, it’s a normal and natural occurrence and should not be held in.

On average, a person farts 15 times a day, and that number can go up to 40! Farting is caused by trapped air and bodily gases, and holding in that gas can cause a lot of bodily harm. Here are some listed reasons why you shouldn’t hold in your fart.

  • Your body might reabsorb it.
    When you force your body to hold in your fart, the body is left with no option but to reabsorb it. It is put into circulation again and can also escape through your breath or as a burp.
  • Feeling bloated
    Digestive Bloating Causes | Digestive Care PhysiciansWhile it is still debatable whether holding in farts makes you actually bloated or not, it has been found that keeping them inside voluntarily makes you worry and gives you the impression that you might be bloated.
  • It signifies health issues.
    Its pattern and odour can actually point to potential health issues like food intolerances and digestive issues. Extremely stinky farts may also indicate a high sulfur content in your body. If your farts feel painful or something other than normal, we suggest that you consult a doctor.
  • It can lead to abdominal pain and heartburn.
    5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hold In Your Fart, According to ScienceWhen you contract your muscles to avoid farts from escaping, it builds pressure inside your body and can lead to pain, indigestion, and heartburn. If done regularly, it can also cause swelling in your digestive tract.
  • It affects your colon.
    5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hold In Your Fart, According to ScienceFarting eliminates the pressure in your body. While farting is good for your colon, holding it in can irritate it and can also trigger haemorrhoids.


Have you ever been in a situation where you were forced to hold in your fart? Please share your stories with us in the comments!

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