Everything has a cost....
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Warning! I'm talking about bodily functions!
I've discovered that there is a downside to eating healthy.... GAS!
I've had pretty bad gas for a few months now, I thought it was directly related to the increase in beans I've been consuming. However I tried to decrease my bean intake and I was still gassy. My sister/roommate who eats what I cook also expressed more gas than I was used to.
So I decided to look into it tonight and discovered that whole grains and many vegetables and legumes were causes of gas. Now I knew that these things had more fiber and that I could expect to be more Ehem... Regular and I was fine with that, however the gas thing has been very embarrassing and sometimes stinky. I looked into the mayo clinic and while informative it was slightly frustrating to see that the foods I eat the most are the foods that are causing me to be gassy. I then looked into the lifestyle and home remedies I could try recommended by the mayo clinic and they suggest the following:
Eating smaller meals: Check been doing that
Eat slowly: Constantly working on this
Avoid drinking through a straw: This is how I get my 8 cups in! DARN
Don't eat when anxious, upset or busy: THE STORY OF MY LIFE!
Check your dentures: Not really an issue for me yet...
Don't smoke: I'm good here
Exercise: A pretty regular occurrence for me.
So I looked online, talked to my mom and found some home remedies for gas. It appears as though peppermint can reduce gas, so I'm going to try taking a peppermint pill and see if that helps. I hope it provides me with some relief. I am curious though, has anybody else experienced these issues?