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Got Gas? It Could Mean You'Ve Got Healthy Gut Microbes


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, diet, food, nutrients, digestive system, microbes, gas, research, interesting, news, humans )

Carrie
- 122 days ago - npr.org
Not long ago, we heard about a catchy idea for a cookbook: "Fart-free food for everybody." In theory, these recipes would be helpful for some people. But being a bit gassy may actually be a small price to pay for a lot of benefits to our health.



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GGmaSheila D. (164)
Monday April 28, 2014, 11:11 pm
Here I've been worried. Guess I'm really healthy...haven't met a veggie, fruit, cheese, egg that didn't give me gas...should own stock in a gas pill factory. Thanks for the info, but wonder if the gas pill I take almost every day is good or bad for me...added look for natural remedy to my list for tomorrow.
 

Natasha Salgado (519)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:40 am
Funny stuff---guess i'll be eating more beans guilt free! Thx Carrie
 

Birgit W. (144)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 8:03 am
Interesting article, thanks Carrie.
 

David F. (32)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:28 pm
I would class the female part of this family as very 'noisy'.
And for a good Haha read the comments in the article on the site.
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:29 pm
It could mean you are spewing methane into the enviorment causing global warming.
 

Pamela Tracy (2)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:45 pm
The methane is coming from all of those unhealthy farm animals who are farting from being fed bad antibiotics and nothing to help their guts. As far as humans, we need some farts and I drink Kefir and try better yogurt but Kefir usually helps my colon overnight.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 3:04 pm
Some humans do have methanogens (makers of methane) in them but there are many different kinds of gases including carbon dioxide. Good gut microbiotia do produce gas.
 

Freya H. (304)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 3:23 pm
Ergo, when somebody apologizes for farting, I should say, "No problem - that means you have healthy gut bacteria." :D

Beans, beans, the musical fruit...
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 4:02 pm
Only recently a Dutch biologist wrote a "delightful" book on "the little delivery" and also noted that farts are in fact the combination of millions of farts from the microbes in the gut, especially those of the good microbes, and that one shouldn't try to reduce them too much or hold them back.

The Dutch, or Germans for that matter, have no problems with subjects like this and use words that don't beat about the bush, as you may have noticed. If that is a problem, this book may not be for you if it ever gets on the American book market.
 

Val R. (239)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:21 pm
Well then I got good microbes - thanks - actually i think it is the magnesium,
 

B Lewenza (76)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:56 pm
Well I have good microbes but I still eat a lot of yogurt as it also causes good flora in the body. Cabbage and broccoli don't really bother me but beans sure do.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 8:39 pm
I guess my other half has better health than me!! and he loves beans (which I never have, as forced to eat them not matter how long they sat on the table). My other half was taught a little tidbit about farts that he will quote whenever he is gassy - which I won't quote here. LOL.
Thanks Carrie. This was worth a laugh...but now we know it is a sign of good guts er...health!
 

Regan Copple (14)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 4:41 am
Beans, beans, the magical fruit,
the more you eat,
the more you toot.
The more you toot,
the better you feel,
so lift a leg & let 'er squeal,
so have some beans for every meal.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 6:27 am
Better out than in!
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 6:34 am
When I was a child in Austria, we used to quote a little verse on this topic. Here is a translation:

Solomon the wise speaks: Do not fear the loud ones - but these silent ones, which so gently through your hose do creep....
Child! Fear these! For they stink terribly.
 

Charlie Rush (53)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 1:55 pm
Since, I have a minor gas/bloating problem, this news is encouraging.
I certainly do not want to give up cabbage and beans.
 
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