Digestive problems can run the gamut from excessive gas, to constant bloating, and embarrassing flatulence.
You’ve probably experienced the not so pleasurable after effects of a great meal as you look to find the nearest private bathroom!
What causes these symptoms and is there anything that can be done to bring relief? LEARN MORE
Change Your Diet
One of the main causes of gas, bloating and flatulence, as well as other issues like reflux, heartburn and indigestion, is your diet. Are You Embarrassed By Excessive Gas?
Rachael van der Gugten, a nutritional consultant and researcher, says that a diet which relies heavily on carbohydrates results in an imbalance of microflora in our guts, as we provide too much sugar for bacteria to ferment.
Additionally, we may have too little stomach acid which also causes harmful microorganisms to establish themselves in our stomach and small intestines, feed on the food there, and produce a lot of gas.
The solution to this is to change to a Low Carbohydrate, High Protein and Fat diet.
Reduce Your Stress Level
Digestive issues can arise when you are so anxious, stressed, or fearful that your stomach ‘acts up’. You can alleviate these feelings by reducing your stress level and making yourself calm down, thus giving your stomach a chance to settle down. LEARN MORE
Decrease Consumption Of Food Additives And Chemicals
Food color additives, caffeine and alcohol can be irritants to your stomach. The stomach and intestines may have adverse reactions to these items, which can then lead to gas and bloating.
Ideally, try foods that are alkaline and free from most chemicals, and have been minimally processed.
The human body responds better to more natural items than heavily processed foods.
Add in Enzymes
Alpha-Galactosidase: Naturally digests raffinose, stachyose, and verbascose found in beans, greens, and carbohydrate-laden foods.
Amylase: Aids in the digestion of complex carbohydrates
Cellulase: Breaks down the indigestible cellulose found in fruits and vegetables
Lactase: Breaks down lactose found in dairy products
Lipase: Aids in the digestion of fats and oils
Certain enzymes neutralize the digestive system’s reaction to specific foods.
The enzymes mimic the body’s natural processes so that meals can be easily absorbed and digested.
One note of caution: Trust in enzymes approved for digestive health only. Taking raw or unapproved enzymes may create more problems than solving them.
Eat More Non-Gassy Vegetables and Fruits
One simple way to improve the digestive system’s functions is through healthy eating, including lots of fruits and vegetables. There are quite a few vegetables and fruit which are low in carbohydrates and do not cause intestinal discomfort.
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The fibre within the fruits and vegetables can help to scrape the gut clean as the digestive system takes on a regular balance between absorption and elimination.
Increase Probiotic Intake
Along with controlled enzymes, take a daily probiotic. These bacterial substances are found in certain yogurts and dozens of other foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi.
We need good bacteria in the gut so that food can be digested with fewer side effects.
When excessive gas and unpleasant bloating have become part of daily life, adding good bacteria to the gut each day can improve digestion. When there are enzymes in the mix too, this helps the gut run like clockwork.
You can have a healthy digestive system. You can eat your food comfortably knowing that excessive gas and bloating are in the past!