View Full Version : Gas when going raw: solutions?
05-25-2005, 07:25 PM
I've been eating some percentage of raw (the days range from 100% to 80%) since May 13 of this year. Since I began to do that, I've reaped incredible benefits...except I've been struck with this very painful gas in my chest area and throat. I find I'm burping all day and that relieves some of the pressure, but it's always there. Anyone else experience this and/or have solutions that worked? Does this go away over time?
05-25-2005, 08:50 PM
Belch & fart? Yes, I'm sincere and yes, I went through it. It passes. <G>
05-26-2005, 09:02 PM
Good to know this too shall pass.
I began raw after learning about it from my boyfriend (he's the one who showed me this site). I jumped in and was 100% raw for 2 1/2 days, then mostly raw for the next week or so.
I began to have these terrible gas pains and yesterday and today they are so bad they are making me tear up. I want to be raw, but I don't want to live in such terrible pain either. I'm not bloated; the gas pains are in my chest/throat area. It feels like I have to burp really big, but it won't come out; and as I said, the pain is intense.
Anyone out there with solutions for gas pains?
05-26-2005, 10:22 PM
One way is to rub your stomach in a clockwise motion. You can dig in if you want yet, not nessesarily necessary (if that makes any sense).
Another thing would be enemas. 7-8 ~ or until the water runs almost clear.
Another thing, lots more water ~ depending on what you are drinking now.
Might help if you'll tell us what it is you're eating also.
05-26-2005, 10:35 PM
Ginger tea helps me with gas and nausea. You can juice the ginger or mince a 1/2" piece and crush it into a cup. Add *warm* water. Cold water slows digestion. In fact if you are adjusting to raw foods for the first time I wouldn't recommend any cold liquids/ smoothies/ soups until your tummy adjusts. I learned this as traditional chinese medicine protocol, backed up by my personal experience. Room temp is fine.
Also, make sure you are really chewing your foods well before swallowing. Don't drink anything with meals [it prolongs digestion, the idea is to get food through your body expediciously]. If dehydrated foods aggravate your condition rehydrate them before consuming.
Also-also [this is it, I promise!], if it feels like acid reflux you may want to try this. Peacelover posted this regarding her dh who was suffering from refux.:
"I got him to try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar...the one that Braggs makes is what we used but I suppose any of them would work. Literally within a minute of drinking it his acid is gone. Now, it tastes like you are drinking the stuff you dye easter eggs in so it is pretty gross but it works and it is a natural alternative.
I guess adding the apple cider vinegar signals the pH in his tummy that he has enough acid so he stops making more(that he doesn't really need)"
05-27-2005, 02:08 AM
Personally, I don't think it's gas pains, I think it might be gallstones.
The reason I say this, is that I had the same pains, and after meditating on them, my body told me it was my gallbladder, I didn't know where a gallbladder was, or what it did, but my body told me this is what it was, so I researched it on the internet, and I realized this is what it was.
So, this might be your same situation.
I found that the pain subsided, when I sat in the sauna or hot tub, and if I drank lemon juice in water. NO oil, as this causes the gall bladder to excrete the bile from the liver, and this causes the gall stones to travel down the duct, and that is the pain, when they are travelling down the duct, as they are sharp.
This happened several times to me, and the last time was the worst, it was 30 hours of excrusiating pain, so now I never eat oil of any kind. And so far I haven't experienced this pain any longer.
I just have to exclude oil from all of my dishes that I make, most it's no big deal.
05-27-2005, 06:51 AM
IF in fact it is gallstones ~ and that has yet to be determined, no? Yoga, qigong and a nourishing/nurturing food program will help pass them. Worked for me!
05-27-2005, 07:07 AM
why don't you do a gallbladder/liver flush to get the stones out of your body once and for all. I am only 20 and have done 8 of them until I had all of the stones out of my body and I have no more pain or constipation. Your gallbladder releases bile when you eat any fat- not just oil....I don't think excluding fat from your diet is the right way to go because your body needs it. Our brains are at least 75% fat and cutting that out of your diet will some day take its toll through depression or some other ailment. Versions of gallbladder flushes have been around for centuries because people knew it was the only was for permanent relief. Honestly, we deserve to have the liberty to eat oil when we need it. If you are interested you can find many of the recipes for liver flushes at www.curezone.com.
05-27-2005, 11:49 AM
Would a raw diet by itself eventually cure a gallstone problem? Or would the gallstones need to be flushed out before a raw diet would help a person?
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