The human body is designed to eliminate or expel unwanted materials that are no longer needed by the body. They include feces, urine, sweat, carbon dioxide, and gases like those that make up a fart.
Sometimes, we accumulate so much gas in our intestines that we feel so bloated and uncomfortable that we have a desperate need to fart.
Knowing how to make yourself fart can be the difference between persistent discomfort and immediate relief.
In this article, we will be explaining different simple hacks that will teach you how to make yourself fart and get rid of excess gas stuck in your digestive system.
How To Make Yourself Fart Quickly
1. Abdominal Massage:
This is simply the massaging of the abdomen with different motions and pressure. The massage action naturally helps to relax abdominal muscles, stimulate peristalsis and increase the frequency of bowel movements. It also reduces the discomfort typically associated with constipation and get rid of trapped air by farting.
Regular abdominal massages can help to improve gastrointestinal symptoms.
Here’s how To Perform A Self-Abdominal Massage:
- Lie on your back on a firm bed or mat.
- Lift up your shirt to expose your belly.
- Rub your hand together briskly to warm them up.
- From your navel, gently press your fingers to make a rubbing motion and slowly circle out from the navel clockwise.
- Keep making the circular massage motions for about 2 minutes in total to help release gas from your belly by making yourself fart.
2. Adjusting Your Body’s Position
Another way to make yourself fart in no time is to change your body’s position. There are certain body positions you can do that allow you fart easily. Let’s run through some of them
- Sit on a chair in an upright position.
- Bend over and try to reach your toes with your hand.
Some people feel lying down ease their abdominal discomfort but staying upright helps to get rid of gas easily.
It is called the “Haka Pose” in yoga. It is very intense but effective in getting rid of excess gas.
This is also called the “all-four method”. It involves putting your hands on the floor when you bend and stretch your butt to the air. This position helps to put pressure on the abdomen to make it easier to fart. The steps are :
- Kneel down and put your hands in front of you on the floor.
- Lift your butt in the air so that your legs and arms are fully stretched.
- Slowly inhale deeply to flatten your chest.
- Hold for a few seconds to help push out trapped gas from your intestines.
- If necessary, give a little push to help you fart.
Mild physical activities or exercise can help get rid of excess gas. Walking or jogging is enough to help get rid of bloating caused by excess gas in the intestine. Other exercises like the supine core exercises involve the muscle of your abdomen that makes you fart.
Some yoga poses help you to fart and get rid of excess intestinal gas. These poses help to apply pressure to your abdomen. You can check this guide if you’re a yoga beginner, and also check this review of yoga wheels.
The Gas Release Pose (“Pawanmuktasana” or “Knee To Chest Pose”)
- Lie flat on your back with your arms by your side.
- Breathe slowly and raise your legs so that they are at a 90-degree angle and your toes are pointing to the ceiling.
- Bring both knees to your chest and hold your knees by holding opposite elbows with your hands.
- Bring your chin up to your knees and hold for a few seconds while continuing to breathe normally.
- Release the position by laying your head back on the floor, releasing your knees, straightening your legs so they are pointing to the ceiling, then gently lowering them to the floor.
Seat Forward Bend Pose:
- Sit with your butt on a yoga mat or cushion with your legs extended in front of you.
- Press through your heels and draw your toes back toward your shins. You can keep a slight bend in your knees.
- Place your hands alongside your body and press into the floor as you lengthen your spine.
- When you breathe out or exhale, slowly hinge at your hips and fold forward.
- Walk your hands alongside your body. Rest them on the floor or on your legs. You can also clasp your hands around your feet.
- With each inhale, lift your torso slightly and lengthen your spine.
- On each exhale, lower yourself deeper into the pose. Stay in the pose up to 3 minutes.
Happy Baby Position Pose:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent along the side of your body and the soles of your feet facing toward the ceiling.
- Allow your lower back to be flattened on the floor. Don’t roll back toward your shoulders.
- Bring your hands to the outside of your feet.
- Use your hands to pull your legs down as though you want to bring your knees all the way down to the floor.
- Press up into your hands through the soles of your feet to create resistance. Stay in this pose for up to 1 minute.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Come into a kneeling position and sit back on your heels.
- Adjust your knees so that they’re hip-width apart or slightly wider.
- Slowly walk your hands out in front of you as you bend at the hips.
- Allow your torso to rest on your thighs.
- Lengthen the back of your neck and rest your forehead on the floor.
- You may keep your arms extended or bring them alongside your body with your palms facing up.
- Allow your belly to fall heavily into your legs. Maintain a gentle pressure to this area.
- Rest in this pose for up to 5 minutes.
Two-Knee Spinal Twist Pose:
- Lie on your back and bend your knees to bring your legs into your chest.
- Extend your arms to the side so they are in line with your shoulders.
- Keep your palms facing down.
- Exhale as you bring your legs over to the right side.
- Keep your knees as close together as possible. Your knees should be at hip level.
- Use your right hand to press into your right knee.
- Turn your gaze to look over to the left side. You can also keep your neck neutral or look to the right. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side.
5. Fiber Diet:
Consuming fiber in your diet improves digestion. A high fiber diet can increase the amount of gas in the intestines but its presence in food makes food pass through the intestines faster. Thus, helping to get rid of excess intestinal gas caused by irregular or infrequent bowel movements.
Probiotics help to improve your digestive health by increasing the good bacteria in the intestines. A study published reported that probiotics can help to get rid of flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, and distention. You can check out the best probiotics.
Now that we have gone through 7 practical strategies to make yourself fart, let’s discuss some interesting things you probably didn’t know about farting.
7. Seeing Your Doctor
This is very important. If you feel routinely bloated and perhaps have other symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you should try to get a nearby health facility to get it checked out. Sometimes, bloating can be related to some medical conditions. Also, doctors can prescribe medications that can help relieve flatulence efficiently.
Interesting Facts About Farting
1. The average person farts more than 10 times every day:
Flatulence or fart is something we experience daily. It is embarrassing when we fart in public due to its smell or sound but it is a natural process of the digestive system. A healthy person farts an average of 14 times a day.
2. Chewing gum can make you gassy and more likely to fart:
Remember when we discussed how farts are formed from swallowed air? The act of chewing gum is a perfect example of how one could get gassy from taking in air through your mouth.
3. Carbonated drinks are also culprits:
Chewing gum isn’t the only reason why you could feel gassy, carbonated and other fizzy drinks can make you fart more than usual. The reason (not surprising) is the amount of gas they contain. Almost everyone can relate to feeling bloated after taking a bottle of soda.
4. Women fart as many times as men do:
There is no bias when it comes to farting, men and women are very much alike, farting isn’t more prevalent in men than women. The same principles apply, if you swallow too much air, you will fart more than usual.
5. Your fart is inflammable:
You’ve probably seen YouTube videos where people set their farts on fire. Well, it is actually a thing, everyone’s fart is inflammable.
The answer lies in the gaseous composition of farts. A fart is composed of about 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen, 9% carbon dioxide, 7% methane and 4% oxygen. Some of these gases are ready inflammable.
6. It gets its bad smell from sulfur compounds:
Only about 1% of a fart contains hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans, which also contain sulfur. The presence of sulfur in farts is what makes them stink. Foods rich in sulfur like beans, eggs, cheese, and cabbage can cause your fart to smell.
7. Your anal sphincter determines how it sounds:
The sound produced fart is as a result of vibrations of the rectum made by the gas. It also depends on the amount of gas that has build up and the tightness of your anal sphincter. If your anal sphincter (the muscle encircling the wall of the anus) is relaxed, no sound will be made.
Farting is a normal everyday event and everyone farts more than 10 times every day. Even though it has its function, an abdomen full of gas can be very uncomfortable.
Adjusting your position, abdominal massages, exercise, and yoga are some strategies you can use to make yourself fart whenever you feel very bloated.
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