Fart, also called flatulence, is the gas expelled through the anus. People view flatulence as disgusting, but it plays an important role in removing the bloating inside the stomach. Although disgusting, here are some interesting facts about farts you need to know.
Why Do Farts Sound Different Every Time?
The term “flatus” is the medical word for gas produced in the stomach, intestines or bowels. Part of these intestinal gases are also composed of air that is swallowed while eating or drinking. While flatulence affects every human, and even some animals, the smell, sound and frequency of farts vary for each individual.
What causes these embarrassing, other times hilarious sound variations? In trying to understand the sounds associated with farts, we answer some interesting questions about how the human body functions.
Causes of Farts
What causes humans to fart? There are both external and internal factors that impact this. External contributors to farts include air inhaled while consuming food or drink, as well as the actual types of foods and drinks consumed. Some foods that cause high flatulence include beans, lentils, dairy products, cashews and wheat. Other foods also increase the pungency and sound of farts, including cauliflower and broccoli.
The internal factors that affect the type and frequency are the digestive tract, which varies between each individual, and is also based on your health and digestive processes. For example, if you have food intolerances or have challenges breaking food down, it can impact your digestive process which could mean passing more gas!
Variation of Sounds
So where exactly do fart sounds come from? Once gases are produced in the stomach, muscles in the intestine and colon contract in order to move the gases towards the rear. The noises themselves are caused by the vibration of your sphincter muscles. Basically, sounds vary based on diet, digestive tract, muscle strength, and the position in which you are sitting when releasing the fart.
Controlling the farts sound
The main way to reduce the sound of farts is by changing your diet. If certain foods impact that – and it is a very individualized thing – they try to eliminate those foods and see what impacts your own body the most!
Funny Facts about Farts
1 You can hold in farts for as long as you can and this does not cause any dangers to your health. However, if you do this often, it may cause cramps as well as pain in the muscles of your anus so if there is a need for you to release it, then release it.
2 Fart sounds different on different people. These differences vary due to a lot of factors but the main culprit is the amount of gas that you expel as well as the tightness of the sphincter muscles of your anus.
3 If you pass gas too frequently, you can fix this problem by eating smaller meals. You can also stay calm and exercise to improve the digestive function of your body.
4 Flatulence is comprised of methane and hydrogen making it flammable.
5 Many people believe that men fart more than women. However, research found out that women fart three times more than men.
6 An average individual can release farts at speeds of 10 feet per second.
7 Foods that cause smelly farts include eggs and meats because they are rich in sulfur compounds.
8 Foods that cause flatulence are actually good for you. These foods include Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, beans, cabbages, and bran. On the other hand, fructose – a type of sugar from fruits – as well as dairy products can also cause a lot of flatulence. Although these foods can make you fart more frequently, the smell is not so pungent.
9 An average healthy person passes half a liter of gas each day. This is equivalent to passing gas 14 times a day.
10 99% of a fart is comprised of odorless gas while the remaining 1% is made up of sulfur gases such as methanethiol and dimethyl sulfide. The presence of these sulfuric compounds gives farts their unpleasant pungent aromas.
11 Farting is a part of the human physiology. In fact, since the beginning of time, humans have released 17 quadrillion farts.
So why do fart sound different every time? In the end, it’s because you are constantly eating and drinking different things, in different ways, and are moving your body differently each day.
If you were able to control all of the variables that contribute to the production of farts and the sounds they make, then maybe you would have the same fart sounds every time. But let’s be honest, we all have better things to do!
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