Fart­ing eti­quette: The po­lite way to pass gas

Sunday Express - - HEALTH/RELATIONSHIPS -

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. — Health24

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