Flatulence/Wind

Excessive flatulence can be a social embarrassment.
It is a sign of an imbalanced intestinal flora,
and can be easily remedied by eating the right food. 

 

Understanding Flatulence/Wind

If you have excessive flatulence, it is time to sit up and start watching what is it that you are eating that is causing excessive flatulence.

Passing of wind/gas is a very natural thing, but excessive flatulence is quite another thing.

A study says that a normal healthy person passes wind at an average of 14 times a day. About half of this gas is swallowed air. 40 percent is carbon dioxide produced by bacteria in the intestines which is odorless.

The remaining 10 percent wind are a mixture of numerous other gases including the by-products of microbes—these are responsible for the offensive odors.

While it is normal for one to pass wind, too much wind can cause abdominal discomfort and can be a social embarrassment. The best way to control flatulence is to watch what you eat.

After eating flatulence-causing foods, the gas will be expelled between five and seven hours. So, to check what you could have eaten that might have caused excessive flatulence, work back that number of hours.

 

Symptoms of Flatulence/Wind

Excessive intestinal gas may cause abdominal discomfort, bloating, distension, and belching. In infants, excessive gas (colic) is usually accompanied by abdominal pain.

It is not uncommon for patients with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia) to be particularly stressed by these symptoms.

 

Causes of Flatulence/Wind

One of the main reasons why flatulence and putrefaction happen is because of an imbalanced intestinal flora.  The colon’s friendly bacteria have been depleted from years of eating meat, milk and dairy products (except yoghurt), processed foods, or bad eating habits. Taking a course of antibiotics and medications can also cause the same situation.

Excessive flatulence, constipation, diarrhea and other digestive problems can develop due to lack of good bacteria in the guts. Lactose intolerance and allergic reactions to milk also increase gas output by about eight times.

Another notorious gas producer are beans that contain a compound called oligosaccharide. Eating beans like dried beans or baked beans, soya beans, peas, legumes, etc. will increase the amount of gas by more than ten times.

Carbohydrates from starchy foods like wheat, oats, potatoes and pasta are also gaseous, though not as much as the others mentioned above. A high-fiber diet may also produce gas, stomach cramps and other intestinal discomforts. Introduce fiber to your diet gradually, especially those that you don’t usually take, over a period of days.

Other foods that cause gas: cruciferous vegetables (those in the cabbage family like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower), onions, turnips.  Some people get bloating just from drinking fresh juices.  Fresh juices can create some intestinal flora activity in the digestive tract that cause bloating.

 

 

Diet Suggestions

Refraining from milk and dairy products (except yoghurt), and “wind-causing foods” should be one of the first steps to take when flatulence begins to be a nuisance.

Add a little anti-gas foods like ginger, garlic or spices, when you cook your pot of beans or gaseous vegetables.

If baby is colicky, the lactating mother should also avoid the gas-causing food as mentioned above. Breast-feeding mothers should get extra calcium from dark leafy vegetables like kale, algae (spirulina and chlorella), sardines, salmon.

How you eat or don’t eat is another contributing factor to a gassy stomach. If you tend to skip meals, you may encounter a bloated feeling, because of the gas forming in your intestines. Eat small amounts even if you don’t feel like eating.

Avoid gassy and carbonated drinks. Do not use a straw when you drink as it would cause you to take in more air. Habits like chewing a gum will also cause excessive gas.

Finally, the often overlooked cause of flatulence is the lack of friendly bacteria in the colon. If this is the reason, you would quickly see a vast improvement when you take quality probiotics. Most people see almost immediate results by taking high quality probiotics.

A good probiotics should contain high counts of Bifidobacterium Longum (at least 10 billion) and Lactobacillus Acidophilus (at least 1 billion).  If it contains prebiotics (food for the good bacteria), even better. Here are some suggestions for high quality probiotics:

 

Recommended Healing Foods To Ease Excessive Flatulence

 

Carrot  Green Apple  Kale  Spinach
 Leek  Garlic  Ginger  Onion
Lemongrass Cilantro

 

Regularly drinking fresh green juices over time will gradually help to improve the gastrointestinal health.  Make a simple juice of carrots, green apples and leafy vegetables and add a small amount of any one of these other foods each time:  Leek, garlic, ginger, onion, lemongrass, cilantro.

All of these foods have a very strong aroma and taste.  A small amount is enough, so add a little at a time to your taste.  The bad bacteria cannot live with/in these foods, but the good bacteria love them and quickly repopulate for a healthy digestive system.

 

Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):

  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + 3-4 leaves of kale + a clove of garlic + 1-inch ginger
  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + a bunch of spinach + 1/4 slice of a small onion + 1-inch ginger

 

Learn how to make tasty green juices.