View Full Version : Is Anyone Else Really Gassy?
02-02-2005, 02:33 PM
I'm so embarrassed but ever since I started eating raw two days ago I've been so gassy :eek: . Any advice?
02-02-2005, 02:36 PM
Only when I get on my broccoli kicks.Everyone within a mile knows it too :(
Sharon in Colorado
02-02-2005, 02:39 PM
What? Can you repeat that? I couldn't hear you because of the throttling noise under my seat!
Many recipes make people gassy and intestinally whacked out because of all the food combining. Fats and sweets don't combine and will ferment leaving you fluttering around all day. Sometimes it's just getting used to the fresh foods too.
02-02-2005, 02:58 PM
Since I work for a digestive care company, I figured I should chime in on this topic...
Gas is a very common direct affect from begining a vegetarian and raw diet. Our system often has difficulty digesting the huge influx of plant fibers (cellulose) and the quanity of fiber in general. Sometimes, when we eat a WHOLE lot of fiber, especially when we are not accustomed to it, we may have inpaired digestion because unlike some animals we do not make cellulase or hemicellulase. (those which break down the plant fiber, or the cells that hold the fibers together.) Thus, we must take it supplementaly to deal with the problem.
Taking digestive enzymes, such as what Alissa sells on her site, or that you find in health food stores will likely help with that. My company does a lot of work in this area...The key is to take plant source enzymes, sometimes referred to as vegetarian enzymes, or fungaly grown enzymes. TwinYoga recently posted about this, and her last PM to me said she had success when she started taking them. Try searching the boards using the word BLOAT or ENZYMES and you will likely see a flood of posts! :)
Another reason many new vegetarians and raw foodists develop gas is due to the fermentation by bacteria in the gut. I am talking about healthy bacteria doing this, not yeast. The probiotics in our gut ferment fiber as their fuel. The biproducts of this are very healthy, but if we have a LOT of the good guys, such as when we eat a lot of live cultured food, or supplements, we will often experience gas. This gas, however, will not have a mal odor...it will just be "musical". :)
Hope that helps.
02-02-2005, 04:11 PM
So NY you are having panty burps (georgie gets credit for that)- tell us what you are eating and perhaps that also help. Cassy - sweet Cassy gave you the health side detail and everyone gave you data, now whatch'a rawing on.
When I initially started raw I did not soak my nuts and I roody tooty all the time, :eek: and it seems to be the loudest in church and the foulest, but shame on me, there were always these little kids around and so you know -
Have you eaten or soaked your nuts; are you eating commerical onions - the kind everyone sells -what kind of juice. I had to buy some charcol tablets - cheap and effective at one time, or I would have wiped out the bus depot.
Now, with this gas, how is your elimination? Is it happening easily or not so - what is your water content. And finally, ( I don't want you to think I am having fun at your expense ( :D :D :D I did at the little kids, and they still love me), prepare a cup of ginger tea, ground ginger, hot water , lemon if you like, raw honey, agave nectur or your sweetner and let it settle you - it is excellent.
02-03-2005, 12:16 AM
i just had to throw in my 2 cents about this one.. hehe
when i first started out raw... 1 year ago.... OH BOY!!! did i ever have gas.. especailly when i ate blueberries... HOLY MOTHER lol was it bad... it was sooo bad smelling to.. that it would leave the pj's i wore at night stink the next morning... beat that! lol and im so serious!!
i honestly hope im getting some laughs right now... lol
BUT... my bodys now adapted to the way i eat.. and i can even eat blueberries with ease now :)
i think everyone has a little gas every now and then.. i read somewhere that its acually part of proper digestion!..
i started taking digestive enzymes as well.. not for gas at the time tho.. but because i cant properly digest avocado!! but i think the ezymes help me all around now as well :)
haha seriously tho.. i hope i got some chuckles!! :o :p
02-03-2005, 12:31 AM
When I was transitioning my SAD diet to a vegetarian one 5 years ago, I had just moved in with my now husband. Of course I didn't want to be tooting around him, as I hadn't yet broken that "ice" so to speak. Also, at the time I worked at a place where we all sat in tiny cubicles right next to each other-with no privacy at all. So all day long I would be in pain, and most of the night as well. I would lay in bed after eating another huge vegetable dinner and curl up in fetal position, scared to death that if my hubby so much as touched me, I'd let out a rousing rendition of "Trumpet Voluntary". It took me THREE YEARS of pain to finally "let 'er rip" in front of him. Boy is he ever sorry I lost my inhibitions. LMAO!!!! :eek: :D
02-03-2005, 06:19 AM
Ok good I'm glad it's not just meat. I've been eating a lot of fruit in the morning. Yes I'm eating soaked beans for lunch and dinner, this week lentil and split peas.
02-03-2005, 06:47 AM
Sweetlips..sounds to me that some of these people belong on the site we met lol
I can sooo relate! I am quite a gassy gal these days! Fortunantly at work I am usually in the compounding lab by myself, (lucky for my co-workers!) Sometimes one will have just "slipped out" and the pharmacist will come back to ask something and I turn on my little fan quickly! He's never said anything but maybe he's just too polite? Oh well, no one bothers me too much and I get alot done! :D
Sharon in Colorado
02-04-2005, 10:13 AM
The other night I tooted under the covers and DH literally ran out of the room when the covers shifted. I can't imagine what produced that smell. Must have been a detox toot. :o
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