Let’s face it, we all have moments of non-stop farting sessions or when our partners let out a stinky one. It happened to me plenty of times, yes I admit guilty. How about you?
Digestive issues such as flatulence are possibly the most wide-spread dilemma many people have. From funny occurrences such as fart concerts between friends to embarrassing moments when you have a really important meeting and some escaping wind either smells unpleasant or produces a give-away noise… We all had some moments like this and while it is not the end of the world, often we are in situations where we would need to release excess gas but we can’t. This is when many little farts aka digestive gas turn into a horrible full blown stomach cramp. No matter what it is, the development of gas is not fun for many, and certainly not fun for all the people around the person who farts.
Why the trouble
Common problems associated with poor food combining are intestinal gas, abdominal pain, swelling, and poor nutrient assimilation, potentially leading to worse ailments such as stagnation and fermentation in the gut, causing bacteria and yeast overgrowth, candida, symptoms of weakened immunity and other results of poor or compromised digestion.
Main causes leading to flatulence (development of intestinal gas):
- Food is allowed to stay longer in the digestive system than needed
- Occurrence of biochemical reactions
- Too many different fast digested foods combined with slow digested foods
- Lack of proper digestion enzymes in the body
- Consumption of Gas forming foods such as Beans, Cabbages, and Broccoli
What can you do?
So what can be done to reduce or stop flatulence? The good news is: plenty; see my Top 11 Anti-Farting weapons here:
- When eating pulses such as dried beans and lentils, broccoli, cabbage and other gas forming foods, combining them with herbs will help reduce flatulence. Best are herbs such as peppermint, chamomile, aniseed, ginger, fennel seeds and savory. Eating little amounts and taking time to chew food also helps.
- Eating high-protein (meat, dairy, eggs, fish, pulses) foods at the beginning of a meal is best, as they need a lot of stomach acid to digest properly.
- Combine Proteins with green and non-starchy vegetables, do the same for starches
- Avoid combining Proteins and starches.
- Fruit is better eaten alone (1 hour before or after a meal) to avoid fermentation processes
- It is better for digestion not to drink while eating, especially do not drink cold water. A good idea is to drink a big glass of water around 15 minutes before a meal and then only 1 hour after. If you need to drink while eating, opt for warm water or herbal teas
- Walk after your meal. A 15 minutes walk will stimulate your metabolism and help with digestion
- Try to have your last meal for the day at least 2 hours before sleeping. This will give your body enough time to digest and allow food to pass through the digestive system before lying horizontal for the whole night
- Give your system a break between meals to digest properly, ideally have 3-4 hours between each meal, and do not snack all the time
- Enzymes may assist too, either in capsule form or by eating lots of pineapple and papaya which are rich of natural enzymes
- And a good quality pro-biotic supplement helps to keep the bacteria in the digestive tract happy. Instead eating a lot of natural unsweetened yogurt, kefir or other fermented food is great for your digestion.
A little side-effect if you stick to above tips is, that you possibly may be losing some weight too. But you certainly will feel some relief in your digestive system. Your family, friends and coworkers will benefit too.
To a happy digestion
Let me know your tips to help with any digestive problems or questions you have.