What causes gas? Learn more about food that causes gas
Experiencing flatulence on a regular basis can be both embarrassing and painful.
Fermented foods and drinks are the cornerstone of the Body Ecology Diet. Our sparkling probiotic liquid, InnergyBiotic, actually builds energy from the inside out, while populating your gut with healthy microflora that helps reduce flatulence. Try it as a tasty alternative to gas-producing soft drinks.
Not only do you have to deal with the anxiety of having gas in public, but also gas, belching, and bloating sometimes cause serious discomfort.
Any number of things can cause gas, from chronic diseases to improper food combining. In our guide to gas, you’ll learn what might be causing your symptoms and how to use natural methods to alleviate them.
What causes gas?
We all know what flatulence is, but where does it come from?
One list says 86 different diseases are potential reasons you could have gas, and most of them are related to the gut.1 Among them are colon cancer, diverticulitis, gall bladder disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), food allergies, esophageal problems, cystic fibrosis, endometriosis, Celiac disease, malabsorption syndromes, and pancreatic disease.
Even if you don’t have any of these serious conditions, you still might experience gas.
Other common causes of flatulence include:
- Too much fiber too soon
- Lactose intolerance
- High legume diet – beans are legumes
- Fatty foods that you cannot digest
- Dairy products that you cannot digest or are allergic to
- Improper food combining
- Fruit sugars
- Carbonated drinks
- Refined sugars and other carbs that contain sugar
- Gut fermentation
- Bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections, like candida
Even so-called healthy foods that contain large amounts of natural sugars, like prunes, raisins, bananas, apples, and apricots, along with prune, grape, and apple juices all may cause gas.
Some experts even recommend avoiding certain vegetables, including onions, radishes, cabbage, celery, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower.
But if you avoided some of these foods, especially the nutritious vegetables, you’d be missing out on valuable vitamins and nutrients just because you’re afraid of gas.
There is a better way. And that involves healing the root cause instead of the symptoms. If the cause of gas is in your gut, then so is the solution!
Build your good bacteria to banish gas
Your digestive tract is a complex inner ecosystem populated by bacteria and yeast.
If you are healthy, the good bacteria and yeast (also called microflora) thrive, helping you to digest food, manufacture vitamins, and boost your immunity.
But in our modern world, the Standard American Diet, chronic stress, and prescription drugs often throw your inner ecosystem out of balance. An imbalanced inner ecosystem is an environment where pathogenic and disease-causing yeast and bacteria can thrive.
These pathogenic bacteria and yeast take over your digestive system, sometimes invade other organs in your body, and even enter your bloodstream. They may cause your blood to be acidic, make you feel tired and contribute to chronic disease and cause gas, belching, and bloating.
At Body Ecology we’d like to recommend that your first step to banishing gas is to rebuild your inner ecosystem.
If you have a thriving colony of beneficial microflora populating your gut, not only will you fight infection and disease, but also you will help your body break down food and eliminate painful and embarrassing flatulence.
Cleanse your colon
We highly recommend seeing a Certified Colon Therapist when you first begin The Body Ecology Diet because our recommended foods will be softening the toxic material in your intestines, and you want this material eliminated quickly.
This way, you will have fewer signs of cleansing and will have more energy to heal. Enemas are also valuable for eliminating gas and bloating. Sixty years ago every home had an enema bag. (See www.I-ACT.org to find one in your area.)
Body Ecology’s anti-gas protocol
Here are 6 easy ways to avoid gas, belching, and bloating:
1. Eliminate sugar and sugary fruits.
On the Body Ecology Diet, we recommend that you stick to the more sour “acid fruits” like lemons, limes, black currants, cranberries, and pomegranates. These fruits and their juices are tart and do not have lots of sugar that can cause gassiness. Sugary fruits also feed infections in your intestinal tract and bloodstream while acid fruits do not.
2. Slowly introduce more fiber.
If you suddenly begin to eat large amounts of fiber from vegetables and grains, your body may respond with gas. Remember the principle of step by step and introduce your fiber slowly, following our fiber plan.
3. Steer clear of carbonated sodas.
If you still like a sparkling beverage, then try one of our delicious, naturally sparkling fermented drinks. A small juice-glass of our InnergyBiotic is the healthiest and best-tasting probiotic liquid yet. InnergyBiotic has a delicious citrus flavor and provides easy-to-digest, gluten-free vegetarian protein.
It’s the ideal solution for an energy boost any time of day and satisfies the need for a carbonated drink. While InnergyBiotic doesn’t need it, you could add a few drops of stevia to make it sweeter. Small amounts of InnergyBiotic 2-3 times a day will help cut sugar cravings and gas. Soon, you’ll wonder why you ever drank conventional sodas!
3. Consider food combining.
One of the 7 Body Ecology Principles is the principle of food combining. Basically, your body digests proteins and starches differently, so it is best not to eat them together at the same meal.
While this flies in the face of most common menus, if you start experimenting with food combining, you will likely find that you digest food much more easily, suffer less from excess gas, and even lose weight effortlessly!
4. Start eating cultured vegetables.
Fermented foods and drinks are the cornerstone of the Body Ecology system and essential to establishing your healthy inner ecosystem. Cultured vegetables, fermented with beneficial bacteria are an easy and delicious way to populate your gut with probiotics that enhance digestion and can minimize flatulence.
Just follow our easy cultured vegetable recipe and directions to make your own cultured vegetables at home. You can eat a ½ cup with every meal and notice the difference they make!
Remember that when you first add fermented foods and drinks to your diet, the healthy microflora will start to battle the pathogens in your gut. As the war ensues you may experience more gas and bloating for a week or two until the good guys start to thrive in your intestines. Their goal is to change the environment of your inner intestinal world… and this takes a little time. Be patient and introduce fermented foods and drinks consistently each day, and slowly but surely, a quiet world will be established.
However, will the gas go away forever? No, some gas is natural. But it would be mostly odorless and never painful. For more on how to introduce fermented foods and drinks into your diet, read: Is It Possible to Get Too MUCH Fermented Food in Your Diet? by Dr. Leonard Smith to learn the proper way to include fermented foods in your new low-gas lifestyle.
5. Use peppermint oil for a natural remedy for those times when you still have gas and bloating.
Maybe it’s travel, stress, or a new food. Whatever causes it, if you have peppermint oil on hand, you can rub a few drops mixed into a carrier oil (any unrefined oil, like almond oil or even warm coconut oil) over your belly for relief.
Peppermint oil naturally soothes your abdomen and is an anti-spasmodic, so it’s good for cramping associated with IBS. For more information on the multiple uses for peppermint oil, read Gas? Bloating? Cramps? Other Digestive Issues? You May Want to Consider Peppermint Oil.
Certainly we all experience flatulence every once in a while, but ultimately, gas and bloating are your body’s signals, telling you when something is a little “off.”
Next time you have gas, think back to what you ate, and consider your future food choices. Did you have a cookie or a chocolate bar yesterday? Was last night’s dinner properly combined? While changing your diet can seem very challenging, if you take it in small steps, you will soon create new habits that create great health.
Body Ecology is ideal for healing your gut AND your whole body. Your body will thank you by feeling great, reducing or eliminating gas, and giving you more energy.
For more information on how to incorporate the Body Ecology program into your life, step by step, read: The Body Ecology Diet.
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- “Change in diet can clear the air and ease flatulence,” NutraIngredients.com, Jan 4, 2008. http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/news/ng.asp?id=82339-flatulence
- Food Combining: The Little-Understood Secret to Optimal Weight & Health Revealed https://bodyecology.com/articles/food_combining_optimal_health_and_weight.php/
- Gas? Bloating? Cramps? Other Digestive Issues? You May Want to Consider Peppermint Oil, BodyEcology.com.
- Smith, Leonard, “Is It Possible to Get Too MUCH Fermented Food in Your Diet?,” BodyEcology.com. https://bodyecology.com/articles/too_much_fermented_food.php/