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08-18-2005, 07:48 AM
I have some serious gas going on lately :eek: and I'm wondering if there is any natural way to allieviate it? I'd prefer not to take Gas-X (or a similar product) unless I have to.
08-18-2005, 08:09 AM
What foods did you mix?
08-18-2005, 08:51 AM
I think that it is a food combining problem and I have decided that when I have to attend a meeting or such that I will go mono for that day just in case. For some reason my body will not produce any gas on the day that I am all by myself at home but send it out in company or to someone elses house and it makes up for it.
08-18-2005, 10:27 AM
I absolutely have to be scrupulous about eating food according to food combining principals. And, I know exactly what you mean, sport. It can be quite a dilemma. I think trying mono in advance is an excellent idea. Does it work for you?
08-18-2005, 10:31 AM
Joyfulsoul, sorry for sort of hijacking your thread. As to your question, no there's no a raw remedy comparable to medication. However, perhaps the root of the gas can be found and eliminated -- when you talk about gas are you talking about "stomach" pains or are you talking about flatulence? When does it occur -- what time of day, after eating what foods? What is your activity level? There's just so much to consider here that without further information, specific advice would be irresponsible.
Have you tried ginger tea? Ginger works wonders for a variety of tummy ailments. You could try pouring some warm water over grated ginger, letting it steep for 10-15 minutes, and then drinking a cup of it. There are also commercially available ginger teas in teabags, which I have used for convenience, especially when traveling. Fresh ginger is probably more effective though, and is certainly tastier.
08-18-2005, 12:26 PM
I agree with Kris. Ginger! It works. I drink ginger tea or keep a bottle of ginger tincture on my counter. I always have one or the other before bedtime or after a meal if needed.
Watch your food combining, too.
08-19-2005, 08:50 AM
Hi all. I'm talking flatulence here. No pains. Just uncomfortable. It usually lasts all day at random times.
My breakfast consists of Optimum Power creal w/soy milk, a grapefruit, a kiwi, and water. I also take a multi-vitamin and echinacea. My lunch, supper and snacks are varying.
Thanks for the ginger recommendations. I will try it!
08-19-2005, 10:39 AM
hey there. you had mentioned alot of gas lately...I went to this awesome lecture on intestinal health, and I learned a bit on food combining. you may want to look at one, how much you are eating- overstuffing yourself, even if it's raw, still taxes your digestion and may lead to gas. Another thing to look at is how you are combining your food. I know this can be a tense subject amongst the community because opinions really differ, but I have found eating too many raw recipes in one sitting gives ya' gas. And even if it's simple- vegetables, fruits, nuts- having these all in one sitting or meal may give you gas too. I personally have been laying off the nuts, and that has helped alot.
08-19-2005, 01:23 PM
Actually if you look raw food "recipes (including Alissaa sorry Alissa) they have very little respect for the food combining rules. Until two years ago, I had terrible acid reflux and gas problem. Raw food is great, but not all foods. Low GI and not very acidic. Food combining is extremely important.
Hey there Joyful...the soymilk could be a part of the problem. I don't usually have a problem with this, but soymilk was always a bad food for me and would create difficulties. I read somewhere that most people do not have a particular enzyme to fully break down soy. I could eat tofu ok but if I ever had anything with TVP (textured vegetable protein) I would burp for days. That's because the TVP is unfermented and I couldn't digest it. I understand that when they make soymilk, it is the same issue. They don't ferment the soybeans and the milk is made from raw soybeans and so the same enzyme issue is there. Just a thought.
I don't use this now that I'm raw...have you tried nut milks instead?
08-21-2005, 10:22 AM
I don't know how long you have been raw, but gas is the natural byproduct of your body finding balance when starting out. I had serious gas for about a month when I went raw, didn't start until a few weeks in. We're talking non-painful, involuntary stinkers. I would go to the store and they would just slip out [and they weren't silent either! :o ]. But my body was just adapting and it hasn't been a problem since. I think my intestinal flora was seriously depleted after years of SAD food. If your body is just adapting to raw foods perhaps acceptance of the temporary condition would be more beneficial then taking a supplement to "cure" it, since it isn't a sign of illness? Though I second the ginger suggestion, certainly wouldn't hurt.
08-21-2005, 06:40 PM
JoyfulSoul - you might consider doing some serious food combining ... and, when you're ready, going 100% raw. I believe the combination of those will allow one's body to function optimally, and, usually that means without excessive gas.
08-22-2005, 08:15 AM
Great tips and advice everyone. Thank you :D
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