‘13’ is not always a lucky number. Especially not, as 13% of the U.S. population are suffering from flatulence with all its negative consequences for our health, pain included. Fortunately yet, there are natural solutions, as interpreted in this blog. Just read on...
Kerry Bowmaster from Santa Catalina Island, CA, asks:
If we talk about chronic health conditions, mine is flatulence, only too often related to abdominal pain. Since conventional medications has not helped yet, I wonder if nature got an answer.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), i.e. bloating (flatulence) with excess gas buildup and pain in the gastrointestinal tract, is certainly not a disease, but inconvenient for those 13% of the population affected – and sometimes for their environment.
Fortunately yet, nature offers non-synthetic short- and long term solutions with no side effects to avoid and relieve bloating, respectively. In terms of nutritional and other lifestyle adjustments.
WHAT TRIGGERS FLATULENCE?
However, before we focus on those natural modalities, we should see what exactly may be the cause of this condition at all. With special reference to diet, digestion, and hormonal changes.
‘Schizophrenically’ some otherwise healthy diet can well release flatulence. E.g.,
On one side, beans are loaded with most essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein, but on the other hand they may cause bloating, sometimes related to abdominal pain, because of their equally high content of fiber and a type of sugar – called oligosaccharides – which our body has difficulty to break down.
Still, for relief we may not at all refrain from beans which – again – are basically health food even if this seemingly ‘schizophrenic’ situation may be hard to understand.
Especially, as there are beans to digest more easily like mung and adzuki beans.
Or we may replace conventional beans with their ‘cousins’ lentils, quinoa and grains.
Also, when soaking beans before they are cooked can reduce gas.
Not only this, eating small amounts of beans per day, can build up gut bacteria reducing flatulence over time.
as it is found in some types of wheat is another potential elicitor of bloating.
Again, instead of refraining from wheat at all, consider buckwheat, quinoa, oats (pure), wild rice, or almond and coconut flour.
a ‘cousin’ of wheat and an appreciated cereal grain, also basically loaded with vitamins and minerals essential for our health, may cause bloating because of its high content of fiber and – yes – gluten.
Same is with
However, to avoid and relieve flatulence, both- rye and barley - can be replaced by gluten-free grains such as quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat and oats.
Another popular nutriment we don’t want to miss but which is a candidate for flatulence are
As they are loaded on one side with healthy antioxidants and vitamins but on the other, with a type of fruit sugar named fructose not everybody can digest easily. At least not as is when harvested.
Same is with
However, instead of refraining from healthy fruit, cook pears before consumption.
Or replace it by alternatives such as, inter alia, grapes, bananas, straw-/blue-/blackberries, or cantaloupes.
are also health food (e.g., to increase life-saving HDL cholesterol) but still may increase bloating because of its soluble fiber named fructans.
Same is with
To compensate both, collard greens, fennel, leeks or celery are an alternative option. As well as herbs like basil and chives.
NATURAL SOLUTIONS – SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED
Yes - flatulence can be managed naturally. Based on research and scientific validations at, inter alia, following Italian medical institutions:
With special reference to following nutritional and other lifestyle adjustments.
Swallowing fennel and curcumin essential oils in combination may relieve flatulence/bloating and abdominal pain.
Well known for treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), peppermint oil is also recommended for relief of bloating and gas.
Because this natural remedy relaxes intestinal muscles, thus helping gas and stool to pass on effectively.
Although you may avoid peppermint oil if you suffer from heartburn.
As we know from other health issues like, e.g., heart health, consuming too much
is also counterproductive when it comes to flatulence, since sodium tends to retain water in your body giving us the feeling of flatulence.
On the other hand, integrating enough
i.e., good bacteria in your intestines, is essential for regulating the bacteria in the colon known of producing too much gas to cause flatulence.
OTHER LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS
Especially walking regularly for better bowel movements and release of excess gas from the colon is recommended.
following the path of the large intestine is also very helpful naturally, by applying steps of massage as follows:
Taking a relaxant warm bath may relieve stress with better functioning of the GI tract, thus reducing bloating at the same time.
Releasing also extra sodium with sweating to help relieving water retention.
Another lifestyle adjustment beneficial to relieve bloating and related discomfort, is to have
Regular Meal Times
instead of sporadic heavy meals during the day.
IN A NUTSHELL
‘13’ is not always a lucky number. Especially not, as 13% of the U.S. population are suffering from flatulence with all its negative consequences for our health, abdominal pain included. Fortunately yet, there are natural solutions, as interpreted in this blog.
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