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Windy Cities? Cardiff officially at the bottom

CARDIFF has received a fragrant new accolade ... as the most polite city in the UK when it comes to breaking wind.

Compared to the Oxford ‘thundergraduates’ who pass wind a whopping 23 times a day, Cardiff’s calmer residents only let one go eight times in 24 hours – significantly lower than the national average of 15 times.

While Oxford topped the list with a whopping 23 a day, its residents were followed closely by Leeds who are passing wind 22 times a day! The rest of the top 5 is made up by: Norwich (21), Sheffield (17.5) and Newcastle (17.4) in wind-breaking research by The Collective, who create Kefir cultured drinks and yoghurts.

The study found that Brits use some inventive ways to hide their flatulence, such as trying to hold it in (38%), moving far away from anyone else (35%), and trying to cover it up with a cough (13%).

The poll of 2,000 people found that Brits are windy in more ways than one. The average adult burps 10 times a day, with just four in 10 people bothering to cover their mouths when they do it.

The findings show that nine in ten Brits think that a healthy gut is important to their general wellbeing, although one in five say they suffer with indigestion often, as well as constipation (20%) and diarrhoea (18%). 

Only a fifth (19%) of Brits are aware of the term ‘gut health’, with 48% believing that probiotics are a quick and easy way to maintain good gut health. Along with this, 45% say that reducing stress can be a helpful factor, compared to only 17% who recognise the strength of fermented foods like kefir. 

Top 10 Windiest Cities in the UK (number of trumps a day!)

Oxford 23

Leeds 22

Norwich 21

Sheffield 17.5

Newcastle 17.4

Edinburgh 16.93

London 16.9

Aberdeen 16

Glasgow 15

Manchester 13

The least-windiest Cities in the UK (number of trumps a day!)

Cardiff 8

Coventry 9.6

Bristol 10.3

Nottingham 10.7

Southampton 10.8

Lucy Gornall, Health & Fitness Editor at Woman & Home, said: “A healthy gut means I'm happy, relaxed and full of energy. I find that some many people are embarrassed or ashamed to talk about digestion and gut health but they really shouldn't be! 

“We've all become so keen on cutting out food groups, and taking the right supplements, that we're missing out on one of the key drivers behind an unhappy gut...STRESS! Ever noticed how when you relax and take time out, you sometimes feel that urge to go, having previously been a bit blocked up? Or, on the flip side, when you're hard pressed to hit a deadline, and your stomach feels like a knot and your food doesn't digest properly leaving you gassy? This is what stress does and I can totally vouch for including some stress-busting activities into your day.”

The research also revealed that 40 years old is the age at which Brits place more importance on their long-term health. Since the start of 2020, 36% of Brits have started to consume a more healthy and balanced diet, 32% have made more of an effort to walk instead of use public transport, and 26% are now taking vitamins in improve their overall health. 


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