We're not sure why and we're not sure how, but we've come to a point in a civilization where people genuinely want to know if, "smelling farts is good for you?" Let's put this into some perspective, yeah? We're basically months away from self-driving cars, people can practically inhabit the freakin' moon, and THIS is the sh*t y'all wanna talk about? OK, fine by us, but just know...you're all deranged.
Turns out, not only do average folks want to know about this pungent topic, scientists do too! Researchers at the University of Exeter started a seriously flatulent study, the results of which are going to make gross boyfriend everywhere very happy. That's right, guys! You can now dutch oven your girlfriend freely under the guise of "bettering her health." One of the researchers, Dr. Mark Wood, said:
"Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases."
Alright, fine, we'll bite. So, what exactly can our stenchy-goodness cure, or the very least, prevent? As it happens — a BOAT load of different common illness/diseases. The research found that inhaling farts (seriously, can't even believe we're talking about this) can reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks and strokes. It also has the potential to prevent arthritis and dementia.
Oh, and how could we forget?! Remember mitochondria from grade school? You know, the power house of the cell and all that crap? Yeah, well, fart inhalation helps preserve mitochondria which are directly responsible for energy production in blood vessel cells and regulation of inflammation. Basically, if you're mitochondria are good — you're good!
We really didn't want to have to hop on this f'd up bandwagon but, by golly! It looks like this stuff is pretty legit. We were waiting for the researchers to say, "Ah, April Fools!" but it's October...so, it seems unlikely. There you have it, gents. Fart long, fart hard, and when you do — let your girlfriend take a big whiff.
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