Every day, millions of people hold in their farts. Some are even brave enough to let the fart loose during a meeting or in front of their boss! But is it really dangerous to hold in your gas?

We will explore this question and give some tips on how you can use this strategy for better health. To answer the question, let’s start by reviewing how gas works.

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When we swallow air and food particles that have set off our gag reflexes while eating or drinking, this causes fermentation in our intestines where bacteria break down these substances and release bubbles of methane into our gut as they do so.

These bubbles build up until either an opening to the outside world is available for them (aka a fart), or they are eventually absorbed through intestinal walls back into your body.

Some people think holding in their farts can relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like bloating, cramps, pain, constipation and diarrhoea because it reduces the amount of gas produced when you’re not releasing it on a regular basis.

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