These days, it seems to me that people are coy about absolutely everything.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal of maintaining an air of mystery. Still, sometimes you just have to square your shoulders and call a spade a spade.

I think this is especially true when it comes to information on leading a healthy lifestyle.

Health, even at it’s very best, can be kind of messy and gross. That’s why it’s so important to have these frank conversations from time to time.

Whether you’re touching on why it’s healthier to sleep in the nude, or assessing the shape and consistency of your, um, BMs, it’s all valuable information.

Today’s topic? Flatulence. Farting. Passing gas. No matter how you put it, it doesn’t get any prettier, but it can have a dramatic influence on your health.

Scroll through the gallery below to learn about a few of the stunning health benefits of letting one rip. Culled From LitteThings.com

Gas 101

First and foremost, passing gas is a totally natural bodily function.

It’s a necessary and normal part of digesting food; as your stomach and intestines break down chow for nutrients, a certain amount of gas is the inevitable by-product, according to WebMD.

Absolutely everybody in the whole world has to do it for their digestive health; it would be much more worrisome if you didn’t fart.

Tayra Lucero for LittleThings.com
Photo Credit: Tayra Lucero for LittleThings.com

Benefit #1: It Reduces Bloating

If you’re feeling bloated after a big meal, unreleased gas may be one of the culprits at work.

For most people, bloating is a feeling of bodily swelling and temporary weight gain that isn’t dangerous, but might make those new jeans fit a little tighter.

Some of it is caused by water retention, where your cells hang onto extra water for one reason or another, but that feeling of fullness and discomfort in your belly?

That’s gas, waiting to escape. Letting it fly will instantly reduce your bloating and discomfort.

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