Gas and Bloating as Symptoms of Detoxing
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Reducing Flatulence in the Body - Gas and Bloating During an Internal Cleanse
by N J Howell
One of the main complaints I hear from people who try to do a colon cleanse is that they can't stand the gas and bloating that results. They ask me if flatulence in the body is normal during a detox....well, the answer is yes and no. The degree of bloating and gas a person experiences while cleansing seems directly proportionate to at least two factors....how healthy their daily diet and how healthy their colon, in general.
There are certain conditions which require checking with the doctor before undergoing a colon cleanse, too. These include diverticulitis, IBS, Krohn's and colon cancer. Read more below, to find out how to reduce gas and bloating when you are detoxing.
Question on health care and healing:
Healing facilitation response:
Eliminating Excess Gas:
Relief from Gas: Activated charcoal helps me tremendously whenever I have excess gas. However, there is a note of caution: Be sure to take activated charcoal by itself, not with any other vitamin, mineral or medicine because it is such a good detox that it detoxes everything so it may reduce the effectiveness of medicines. I would just wait two hours after I've taken anything else, take the charcoal, and then wait another hour before taking any other medication. It works better for me than anything.
Ginger root is also excellent and can be taken in capsules or as a delicious tea. Ginger is a warming herb that has many reported health benefits. Please also visit the natural remedies section for additional flatulence remedies.
Also, consider supplementing with Digestive Enzymes, which aid with health digestion. Even though your problems may feel intestinal, they may have their roots in poorly digested foods passing thru to the colon. Sometimes enzyme supplementation may temporarily make bloating worse but ,after a couple of weeks, when the body adjusts to having more to handle from the food you eat, most people report great benefits. Supplementation with digestive enzymes may be especially important if you are over the age of 40, since our natural production of enzymes wans after that time. Unless you eat a 90 percent raw foods diet, you may not be getting sufficient digestive enzymes for digestive and eliminatory health.
One note on digestive enzymes therapy: There is a reason why it is not uncommon for gas and bloating to initially get worse when you start a digestive enzymes supplements regimen. This temporary discomfort is most often due to the amount of toxicity that is now attempting to digest and evacuate the system. The tendency is to blame the digestive enzymes and stop taking digestive health supplements but in those cases, most enzyme specialists suggest using more enzymes, not less. As always, listen to what your body is telling you and adjust dosage accordingly.
Remember to Detox Mercury and Heavy Metals:
Cilantro is a natural heavy metal cleanser so munching on fresh cilantro will help eliminate any heavy metals that are still floating around. However, with simple chelators such as cilantro, you should add a binder such as algin to insure the heavy metals, once loosened from where they have deposited, will make it completely out of the body.
Medical conditions that cause bloating:
Health Disclaimer: The information about gas and bloating contained in this health care / spiritual healing article is educational in nature and not presented as substitution for seeking medical attention where it may be needed. If under a doctors care for any intestinal concern such as colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel, etc, please check with your doctor before beginning a detox or colon cleanse.