some gas is a normal part of intestinal health and functioning.
Excessive and /or painful gas is not.
intestines register pain from gas before pain from inflammation,
adhesion or ulceration. I think this is the body's way of saying, "Pay
attention to gas pain, understand the cause of it, then alleviate it
usually caused by:
Improper food combinations. Major violations are combining fruits
with complex carbohydrates and complex carbs with protein.
Drinking fluids with meals dilutes the digestive enzymes.
and thoughtless eating without chewing properly.
Excessive fat and protein retard digestion and cause putrefaction.
Accumulation of waste in the system, slow transit, constipation.
Lactose intolerance or the inability to digest milk based sugars.
Carbohydrate indigestion or inability to break down complex sugars
pathogenic bacteria and yeast which feed on undigested food
Insufficient digestive secretions from the liver, gall bladder,
pancreas, stomach and small intestines hence endocrine imbalance.
Insufficient exercise therefore lack of tone in the abdominal
muscles. Exercise stimulates peristalsis (muscle motion) and
circulation in the intestinal tract and digestive organs.
causes shutdown of the alimentary tract.
functions of the gastrointestinal system are secretion, digestion,
absorption and motion. Can you figure out which of these functions is
affected by the previous causes?
Suggestions for Alleviating Gas
herbs, digestive enzymes, or charcoal. Remember charcoal or
bentonite will also pull out the good metals and minerals so use
with discretion. If used over time, supplement with rich minerals
from ocean and lake algae, and land grasses like wheat and barley.
Exercise with yoga, swimming, and walking.
Practice breathing exercises.
Massage the abdomen.
enemas and/or colon hydrotherapy treatments.
One of Ghandi's dietary rules is to abstain from eating when in
complex sugars and starches.
From the Colonic Kitchen
perusing Earl Mindell's Herb Bible, I found some culinary tips on plants
which aid the digestive system. Give them a try in salads, juiced, or as
brewed from the crushed seeds can relieve digestive disorders and
the Greek word for king, is an effective remedy for a variety of
digestive disorders, including stomach cramps, vomiting, and
constipation. More pesto, please!
soothing for gas and other stomach disorders. Toss a few seeds in
your next soup or stew.
standard ingredient of curry. It stimulates the production of
gastric juices, improves metabolism, and even helps relieve gas. A
doctor at UCLA School of Medicine says the hot, stinging sensation
that follows biting into a chile pepper triggers the release of
endorphins (chemicals which relieve pain and cause a mild euphoria).
Euphoria salsa, extra hot, please!
calming effect of the digestive system, relieving gas and
indigestion. Try a pint juiced.
known as a digestive aid and remedy for a sour, gassy stomach.
similar in taste to ANISE, is used to relieve gas, too. It's sold
fresh in most supermarkets and can be juiced or chopped into salads.
powerful digestive aid and gas reliever. It's an antibiotic and
works on the pathogenic bacteria.
time-proven remedy for upset stomach, indigestion and cramps. Fresh
ginger and orange juice are the basis for the oriental sweet and
sour sauce and salad dressings.
excellent laxative, and it stimulates the production of liver bile.
down and metabolizes protein and relieves indigestion.
natural antispasmodic which helps to settle the stomach after a
meal. It's great juiced with carrot, or minced in salads.
lessens the amount of time food spends in the stomach by stimulating
the gastric lining. It also releases the stomach muscles. It's
effective for stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, and Irritable Bowel
Syndrome. I've started using it abundantly, fresh or dried, when I
make tabouli, salads, or steamed vegies.
essential to the foods of India, especially curry. 3000 years ago
Indian healers used it to treat obesity. It stimulates the flow of
bile from the liver, which breaks down dietary fats. In Asia, it was
used to treat stomach disorders and liver-related ailment. Modern
research shows that it protects against gallbladder disease.
Culpepper, one of our earliest herbalists, said, "When taken
internally, thyme comforts the stomach much, and expels wind."