05 October 2017

Farting etiquette: the polite way to pass gas

Everyone farts, and letting it go is way better for your digestive health than keeping it in for fear of embarrassment.

Passing gas is a healthy – and normal – part of life. Babies do it all the time and children think it is hysterical.

Passing gas could be a symptom of underlying and potentially serious health conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease or Coeliac disease. but assuming you do not have any serious health issue, farting is completely normal.

And for those who just fart as part of a normal and healthy digestive system, there are some manners to keep in mind.

A person farts, on average, 14 to 24 times a day. So you are bound to fart in the presence of others.

It is a natural occurrence, much like coughing, sneezing, burping, urinating, defecating, and menstruating, and each is handled with its own discretion and dignity.

Farting etiquette 101

Many people will argue on the proper etiquette for farting and how to deal with it, and different countries have different “rules” for what is deemed appropriate when it comes to farting.

For instance, did you know that farting after a meal is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to the Inuit people of Canada?

But other cultures – and people – might not be as understanding as the Inuit.

What not to do

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a disgusting fart? Perhaps you have an older sibling who bullies you by farting in your face. Or the ever-illusive "pull my finger" prank. We've all been there.

Here are some funny but informative dos and don'ts when it comes to letting one rip:

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