Before I get into the meat and potatoes of today’s topic, I’d like to start your day with a little gas humor:
A guy was in a bar and he suddenly realized that he desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud so he just timed his farts with the beat.
After farting through a couple of songs he felt much better. He finished his beer and noticed that everyone was staring at him.
Then he remembered he was listening to his iPod.
Ah yes, like it or not, gas is something we ALL have on a daily basis.
And as funny as the joke that I just quoted up above was, trust me, some of the emerging solutions out there for gas are arguably even funnier!
Here’s what I mean:
Sleep soundly in your Gas Sack
One of the newest innovations for gas odor control is called the “Gas Sack.”
I’m totally serious.
It looks like a lightweight sleeping bag. You slide in at night, close up the Velcro strip, tighten the drawstring around your waist and voila-- you’re safe to blast away to your heart’s desire.
It contains charcoal to cover up the odor, presumably so you won’t singe the eyebrows off your bed partner with the stench.
Now, the company says you have to be careful not to pass gas when your butt is right next to the cloth because it can seep out, thereby defeating the purpose.
Good luck trying to keep track of your rear end’s proximity to this thing while you’re fast asleep.
And if you need extra odor control, never fear—there are also charcoal deodorizing pads you can pop into your underwear that can fight your backdoor breeze right on the spot.
They’re washable and reusable too—one can last long enough to tame the stench for up to three weeks.
I don’t even have a comment for that.
Gas—just the facts, ma’am
Although gas can be a funny or embarrassing topic, the fact is, it’s a fact of life.
The average person passes gas about 10-15 times a day, and the majority of that is from swallowed air. We swallow air when we chew gum, drink carbonated beverages and eat whipped foods such as whipped cream and egg whites.
This type of gas is typically made up of about 90% nitrogen, plus carbon dioxide and oxygen, all of which are odorless.
So although the butt trumpet sound may be a little embarrassing, at least there’s not a stench that follows.
Things change, however, when your gas starts to SMELL.
One of the most common causes of stinky gas is when tiny undigested particles of food in your intestines start to ferment—that’s when your gas starts to smell like rotten eggs.
In addition, foods from the cabbage family and beans contain sulfur, which can also give a rotted egg smell to your “brand.”
Plus the number is important here too. If you typically blow past the 10-15 fart per day average by the time you’re done with your morning coffee, something’s going on inside of you.
Here are some other possible causes of excessive, smelly gas:
- Gas during or immediately after eating may be a hydrochloric acid deficiency in your stomach or a food allergy.
- Gas within 1 to 1-1/2 hours after eating suggests harmful bacteria overgrowth in your gut.
- Gas that worsens after eating fatty foods may be indicative of gallbladder problems.
- Gas with foul smelling stools may suggest pancreatic dysfunction or parasitic infection.
- And last but not least, excessive gas with diarrhea or constipation is an indication of colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis/itis or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
How to curb YOUR crop dusting
If you’re bothered by excessive and/or smelly gas, know this: You are NOT alone, you CAN do something about it, and you DON’T have to resort to charcoal underwear pads and sleep sacks!
First and foremost, it's important to see a doctor to rule out a condition that may require medical intervention.
Some of the tests your doctor may wish to run should include:
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) test
- Organic acid testing
- Comprehensive stool analysis with parasitology
- IgE and IgG allergy testing
- Lactose breath test
But once you're sure nothing serious is wrong and you're just loaded with more gas than a Sunoco station, chances are excellent that you can curb your crop dusting and become much more pleasant to be around if you address these 3 very common causes of excessive gas:
1- Eating meals that are next-to-impossible for your body to break down
It's no wonder so many people are gas bags.
Considering the average "Western-type" diet loaded with processed foods, soda and horribly hard to digest, nutrient-poor meals, it's easy to see why nasty cases of gas are practically the norm—not the exception.
Eating this way is also a LEADING cause of diverticulosis, diverticulitis, IBS and acid reflux. They're simply different ways that your body is saying, "What the heck are you doing to me?"
But that can be turned around very easily by simply eating for better digestion--like I can guide you to do in the Great Taste No Pain health system.
Great Taste No Pain teaches you why specific foods and food combinations cause digestive problems like gas, constipation and heartburn and encourage or worsen IBS, ulcers and diverticulosis.
It's all based on simple chemistry and the way your body digests different foods.
There are also guides that show you how to put together meals that your system can break down much easier and a recipe section filled with loads of tasty dishes to try.
You'll be shocked at how great you can feel after eating for a change (and how flat your stomach can be). Plus you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious good-for-you foods and meals can be!
And everyone around you will appreciate the fresh air :-)
Note: If you have gluten sensitivity, Great Taste No Gluten is for you instead.
You'll learn the same principles for improving digestion as in Great Taste No Pain, plus get a gluten free survival guide and a collection of scrumptious gluten free recipes.
2- Imbalanced intestinal flora
Nothing can make you a “free Jacuzzi” faster and easier than harmful bacteria overgrowth (also known as dysbiosis) in your intestinal tract.
You see, the beneficial bacteria in your gut help digest certain carbs and fiber. So when these microscopic good guys are overcome by harmful bacteria, they can't do their job as well.
As a result, the carbs can end up fermenting inside of you instead and...
Everyone on the elevator knows for sure it was YOU!
Having a good diet of real foods diet is essential for a strong flora balance, but even if you do eat healthy, the bacteria population in your gut can be thrown off by things like medications, stress, lack of sleep or environmental toxins.
That's where probiotic supplementation can make a HUGE difference in the level and frequency of your "playing the tuba."
And Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is up to this brave task.
Super Shield contains 13 of the most feisty, effective strains of bacteria available. Studies show that a wide variety of strains is important to helping the greatest number of people, since each strain has its own "specialty" in terms of how it helps your body and smoothes out your digestion.
3- Inadequate enzymes
Not only does the typical modern diet massively mess up your digestion, but it also uses up LOTS of enzymes in the process. Eventually your body's ability to produce adequate digestive enzymes may be diminished and that can mean deficiencies.
Enzymes are essential for your foods to be broken down like they need to be...
...because when they're not, look out. You'll clear out a room faster than if someone yelled, "Fire!"
Plus inadequate breakdown of foods leads to poor nutrient absorption, which can cause you to overeat (and pack on pounds) or develop deficiency diseases like osteoporosis.
If it's enzyme help you need, Digestizol Max is your ticket.
Over the last 50 years increasing numbers of people are suffering from enzyme deficiencies and all the health challenges they cause. This directly correlates with our increasing dependence on processed foods and fast foods.
And the thing is, once your body's ability to produce enzymes is diminished, that's it! You can't wave a magic wand and crank out more.
In these cases, it can make a tremendous difference to give your body a little help with a digestive enzyme supplement.
One of the very first changes that many people report with Digestizol Max is immediately less gas! And now you know why.
Other measures you can try
Here are a few other measures you can try to reduce other causes of gas:
- SLOW DOWN! Eating too fast is a common cause of gas. Slow down and chew your food thoroughly.
- De-gas your beans. Beans are wonderfully nutritious, but notorious for causing “inverted burps.” It can help to use the dried variety and soak them in water for 4-12 hours before cooking. Put a pinch or two of baking soda in the cooking water too.
- Use fresh ginger in your cooking.
- Avoid gum chewing and soda—two of the common causes of swallowed air.
- Avoid alcohol sugars like sorbitol and xylitol (commonly found in sugar-free products) because they can cause gas and diarrhea.
Goodbye, uncorked symphony
Embarrassing, excessive, smelly gas does NOT have to be a part of your life any longer!
Take a look at what may be behind your excessive gas habits and give your body the help it needs.
To your health,
PS: Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking.