There are two places where intestinal gas can collect: in the large intestine and in the small intestine. Some gas is always produced during the digestive process. What happens to this gas?
Because gas in the small intestine has nowhere to go, it easily accumulates and puts pressure against the intestinal wall. When enough pressure builds, your body reads this as pain. This mostly occurs somewhere above the belly button, where much of small intestine is found. Symptoms may include abdominal bloating, cramping, or intense pain.
The small intestine should be relatively free of microbial communities that can create gas. Thus, gas in the small intestine could indicate that something has gone awry. Small intestinal gas is a pretty sure indication of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Otherwise known as SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).
Mark Pimentel, Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, recently discovered that gas produced by bacteria in the small intestine might cause either constipation or diarrhea. (1)
Gas in the large intestine is mainly expressed as flatulence. Typically, there is little pain associated with gas in the large intestine. Any sensation we feel is usually its movement down the tract until it eventually is released.
Remember, the microbes in our gut form strong communities, mostly within the large intestine. So, some amount of gas or flatulence is normal. However, if your body is producing excessive gas, this is sign that large quantities of food are going through the gut undigested. It can also be a sign of fermentation, or essentially the rotting of food within the gut.
What does this mean? It could mean a number of things, and the reason will be different for each person:
In this case, following the Body Ecology Principle of 80/20 is especially useful because it means that your digestive system will have all the tools its needs to properly handle foods.
Bacteria will feed on sugar. This can be the simple sugar found in fruit or candy or the more complex sugars found in breads, pastas, and grains. If you follow the Body Ecology Diet and find that even with proper food combining, grain-like seeds such as millet, quinoa, amaranth, or buckwheat are still too much to handle, it may simply be that too many bacteria are residing in the small intestine.
Those on the Body Ecology Diet sometimes also use coconut flour as a flour-substitute. While coconut flour is mostly made of insoluble fiber, something that neither human nor microbe can digest, there is a small amount of soluble fiber in coconut flour. (3)
1. In the case of gas, it is important to first determine where the gas is being made.
2. Next, following the seven principles of the Body Ecology Diet, especially the Principle of 80/20, may be enough to control excessive gas in both the large intestine and the small intestine.
3. If there is still too much gas produced in the small intestine, you may want to try to starve the bacteria that have taken over this area. This means:
4. Adding beneficial bacteria and increasing enzymatic power in the gut assists both the small and large intestine.
The Body Ecology Core Program is set up to help you follow the principles of the Body Ecology Diet, while also helping to repair any mechanisms in the body that are not functioning at optimal speed.
Gas in the small intestine is different from gas in the large intestine. Gas in the small intestine will build up and put pressure on the intestinal wall to cause bloating, cramping, and pain. For this reason, gas in the small intestine could be an indication of bacterial overgrowth, also called SIBO.
To remedy gas naturally, use the following steps:
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