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https://www.health.com - You just let one rip. You and me both. But like me, you probably didn't think much of it, since farting is so totally normal. “Flatulence is the byproduct of your digestive system breaking down and processing food and nutrients,” Niket Sonpal, MD, an internist and gastroenterologist in New York City, tells Health. “Gas and air build up in your gastrointestinal tract when you eat, chew, and swallow—some of which is absorbed naturally by the body—and then gets released as a fart or burp."