The Health Benefits of Farting to Jamaicans

Farting, more properly known as flatulence, is something of a taboo subject in Jamaica….so I decided to tackle it head on! The source of flatulence is Borborygmi (World Wide Webs, 1998, December 10).

Borborygmi is a result of the bowel or peristaltic sounds that the stomach and the Digestive tract produces during muscle contractions through a process called peristalsis. This sound is caused by pockets of air and Intestinal gases (Nordqvist, 2015, June 16) being squeezed resulting from undigested carbohydrates within the Digestive tract. This creates the noises we hear (Toothman, 2012, 7 February) as nutrients are liberated from chyme and absorbed by the small intestine.

This Intestinal gas can be of two types:

  • Exogenous sources – air that comes in from outside that we swallow when we eat, drink or swallow saliva.
  • Endogenous sources – gases produced within the gut i.e. Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) and Methane Gas (CH4)

When the buildup of gas reaches a critical point, it travels down the large intestines and is expelled out of the anus via the rectum, creating a loud noise and a very bad odour. This bad odour is mainly due to the presence of Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S). Strangely, we seem to fart more on planes for some strange reason as explained in the video below:

Still you can reduce the embarrassment of passing wind by:

  • Eat slowly
  • Avoid carbonated drinks (Honeygan, 2016, May 8) and artificial sweeteners
  • Get more exercise
  • Eat more onions

That last bit of advice actually works with cows, but you can still give it a try!

So now you know how to prevent yourself from farting, what causes farting, the end result (pun intended!) of Borborygmi?

Borborygmi and Farting – Digestion of Good Food or Disease indicator

Borborygmi and eventually flatulence or farting as it is more colloquially known is caused by the incomplete digestion (Fattysugar, 2011, January 10) of certain foods.

Foods that cause flatulence are high in certain polysaccharides, mainly oligosaccharides e.g. inulin. Inulin belongs to a group of foods called fructans, which are a class of dietary fibers found in the following products:

  • Artichokes
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carbohydrates i.e. sucrose, fructose
  • Cashews
  • Cauliflower
  • Fruit
  • Garlic
  • Gluten (protein in wheat, barley, and rye)
  • High-fiber whole grains
  • Leeks
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Oats
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Scallions
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Vegetables
  • Yeast (in baked products, such as bread)

Basically, all the foods that are good for you and provide you with the nutrients that you need, if improperly digested, produces farts during Borborygmi. In some cases, excessive and very smelly farting may indicate an imbalance in the bacteria in the gut (Shaw Reid, 2017, March 15) and point to Digestive diseases if you have the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

These digestive diseases include:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis

Or you may just be Hungry, as Peristalsis recurs about every hour. This results in food cravings and the phenomenon of being hangry (Merriam-Webster, 2017)!

So what are the benefits of farting to Jamaicans and humans in general?

Benefits of Farting – Really stink farts means a Doctor’s appointment

Aside from being an indication of healthy eating, diseases in some rare cases and just being plain hungry, it also helps to:

  • Reduced bloating by expelling built up gases in the Digestive Tract
  • Reduces the risk of colon diseases as well as inflamed hemorrhoids

Hence it’s good to fart, as it has health benefits, as holding it in has very negative consequences!

Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) prevents mitochondrial damage to our cells and those prevent the following diseases:

  • Strokes
  • Heart disease

Farting, especially those very stink ones, also helps to detect food allergies:

  • Lactose intolerances i.e. cow’s milk and other dairy products
  • Celiac disease, which is an inability for some people to digest gluten in whole wheat

Also be careful not to light a match when someone farts, as you fart may contain Methane Gas (CH4) and may cause an explosion!

So if you fart smells really bad, a checkup with you local doctor may be in order! Sharing is caring so share this farting story with as many of your friends as possible


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How Artistic Dimensions 2017 helps Emerging Artiste sell Artwork

Mark your calendars, Saturday, May 27th, 2017 will be a night to remember! Join us at Artistic Dimensions 2017, Curphey Place, Kingston 5. Artistic Dimensions is a festival for all ages.

Artistic Dimensions 2017 will showcase filmmakers from the following countries:

  • Jamaica
  • Florida
  • Kenya
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Expect performances by the following artiste

  • Joan Phillips
  • Nickeshia Barnes
  • Shivaun Rufus
  • Horenzo Chambers
  • Ishaydz Tribal
  • Keteis Oyonde
  • Birdz I
  • JKuhl
  • Kawna Stone
  • Howard Phillips
  • D’Andrea Tucker

Our patronage usually includes support from parents, teachers, tertiary level students, entertainers and artists. We are looking forward to an exciting show. We invite you to join us for a fun-filled evening.

So who are the young entrepreneurs whose Products will be on display at Artistic Dimensions?

Artistic Dimensions – A Worth Cause as well as Launchpad for young entrepreneurs

The following booths will be on display at Artistic Dimensions:

  • Escape Luxury Spa (Back Massage Teasers Available)
  • Dolphin Discovery (Tourist Attractions)
  • Scrumptious Tings (Pastry)
  • Lindsworth Deer (Educational Tools)
  • Veggie Meals on Wheels (Vegan Cuisine – No Bone Zone)
  • Paula Rhoden (Bags and Accessories)
  • Dan Thompson (Paintings)
  • Vaughn Jackson (Paintings)
  • Off Di Track Magazine (Island Attractions)
  • Nature’s Drop (Natural Soaps and Body Care)
  • Celia Williams (Fabric Jewelry)
  • Jeffery Menzies (Clothing & Musical Instruments)
  • Bryton Brown (Art)
  • Blaq I Expressions (Scarves & other Accessories)
  • Ari Natural Designs (African Prints)
  • Birdz I (Accessories)

For more information please contact:

JPent Studios

15 North Avenue

Kingston 5, St Andrew


Tel: 876-824-1432.




How to place free International Ads on Proearnja Online Classifieds

Do you want a place for your free online classified for the world to see?

Proearnja Online Classifieds is a fairly new website which offers 100% free ad placement for worldwide viewing.  The website was registered on July 23rd, 2016 and is located at the following address:

All members are required to register in order to post and manage their ads. This allows for easy editing or  for adding new listings.

Proearnja Online Classifieds is useful for Jamaican Advertisers to reach International customers whether you:

  • Have something to offer
  • Have a product to sell
  • Have an announcement to make
  • Have something to rent
  • Looking for a job

You can post your advertisement for free to increase the views to your business, product or service. Once you join as a member of Proearnja Online Classifieds, you are never required to spend a cent unless you wish to have your ad featured as a premium listing.

Guidelines for Proearnja Classifieds – No Shouting or repeating in your Clean English Ad

All members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines when posting:

  • ALL ads MUST be in English
  • Please DO NOT post ads in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS
  • Please DO NOT use a website URL as the title of the ad
  • Please DO NOT place the same ad repeatedly consecutively
  • Posting the same ad consecutively may result in the ad being disapproved
  • Please DO NOT post ads with pornographic images or videos
  • ALL ads are approved before they are published

So is there a way to get you ad noticed above all those other advertisers on Proearnja Online Classifieds?

Proearnja Classifieds Premium listings – Special treatment for customer who pay for their ads

Premium listings are showcased in a slider at the top of the page so they are seen by anyone who views the website. The slider is displayed at the top of each page of the website.


They are also displayed when searches are performed or when specific ads are viewed. So pay for you premium ads today, as it’s a lot cheaper than posting in the Gleaner!

For further enquires please contact:

Mevonnie Hugh

Website Admin

Proearnja Online Classifieds

Tel: +1-876-336-0014