Even though we're bombarded with commercials that promote a product's ability to keep you regular, farts are still not considered an appropriate topic of discussion.
People hold on to longstanding taboos about gastrointestinal health despite the fact that about five million Canadians have irritable bowel syndrome, and the country also has the highest rates of Crohn’s and colitis in the world.
On top of this, about 24,000 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in Canada every year.
"Digestive health is a key part of your overall health,” says Dr. Partha Nandi. "Gut health can affect your immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, and overall energy."
Excessive gas — whether that’s farts, burps, or abdominal bloating — is sometimes a minor issue related to illness, medication, or food that disagreed with you.
But it can also be a sign of a larger problem related to the systems mentioned above or a food allergy, lactose intolerance, or celiac disease. That’s why it’s important to understand how gas happens, what it can mean, and what you can do to relieve it.
Read on to find out more about farts and gastrointestinal health: