Got Gas?

by | Jun 27, 2016

This is my first Wellness post on my brand new website and let’s just get straight down to business and talk about something we all do but never admit to. We feel it’s so wrong we go out of our way to blame it on someone or something else, and kids, dogs and cats are the easiest targets. That’s right, this post is about farts.

Truth is, we all fart sometimes.  And it doesn’t matter how old we are, they stay funny, especially in awkward situations. I’m definitely immature when it comes to farts and there have been times where I had to smother my laughter in a shawl during meditation in a temple. There’s something about a quiet temple filled with people trying their hardest not to think about worldly things and to reach enlightenment, when suddenly someone just lets one rip. Let’s just say it really tests your practice.

While browsing the web today I came across a Facebook post that linked to this article. Yes, underwear that filters out farts. The smell that is, not the sound..

When I read the headline, my first thought was something along ‘interesting’ and then ‘why not improve your digestion?’. It wasn’t until I read a little further that I understood more about why this underwear was designed.  With so many people suffering from digestive disorders and food intolerances, this underwear will probably save lives! That’s a figure of speech of course, but for sure it can help with self-esteem issues and social awkwardness.

However funny farts in temples are, there are many people in whose everyday reality they are not funny at all. And while we all have gas sometimes, too much gas indicates poor digestion. Inspired as I was by this new high-tec underwear, I decided to write an article in the ‘filter out farts’ spirit. Except instead of filtering we’ll focus on decreasing gas problem.

Here are my 7 tips for a better digestion and less gas:

  1. Ginger is the magic word! Sipping some ginger tea during and after your meal can help your digestion greatly. Another way is to take a teaspoon of grated ginger root mixed with 1 teaspoon on lime juice immediately after meals or even before meals to kickstart your digestion beforehand.
  2. Avoid beans, meat, raw food, fermented food and dried food since they are prone to create gas and dryness. Instead, favor cooked foods like hot cereal, stews, curries and soups from fresh vegetables and grains.
  3. Use herbs and spices in your cooking. Bay leafs, garlic, ginger, cumin, fennel seeds and coriander are all examples of excellent spices to stimulate digestion and decrease gas.
  4. Eat fruit on empty stomach and separate from all other foods. Fruits digest quicker than other food and when mixed in the stomach may start to ferment, creating gas.  An exception to the rule is leafy greens, which can be mixed in with a fruit smoothie.
  5. Proper food combining (see table below). Some foods are incompatible and create indigestion, which may result in gas.
  6. Only eat when you’re hungry. Avoid over-eating and only eat till you’re 75% full. Since over-eating is often a difficult habit to get rid of, try keeping a food diary and dig deeper in to how you feel and why you eat.
  7. Don’t drink 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after your meals.  Ginger tea is an exception in small sips. Too much liquid in your stomach will interfere with your ability to digest food. Especially ice water should be avoided since it cools down your stomach too much.

So there you go, start using this guidelines and see how they work for you!

If you’d like to know how to revolutionize your lifestyle and diet so you can improve your digestion and health overal, check out my private coaching program The Food Fix.

Wishing you all a happy belly!

Much love, Mirella

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