Written by Kimberly Kubicke,
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Here at Joyful Belly, we aren't shy about farts. In fact, we don't think you should be, either.
Sure, you know they're inconvenient, sometimes embarrassing, often relieving, and even smelly. But beyond that, what do you really know about these audible signs of indigestion?
We think farts are little misunderstood, so we'll fill you in.
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So, why are farts bad?Beyond their smelly nature, are farts really bad for you? At Joyful Belly, we believe the answer is yes.
The reason is this: Gas is a byproduct of rotting food in your digestive tract. When your digestion is weak or you are constipated, food sits in your G.I. tract for too long. Hungry bacteria come to feast upon it, and voila! A fart is born as these bacteria naturally produce carbon dioxide gas (like all living creatures). Even worse, along with carbon dioxide gas these bacteria release many toxic waste products into your gut. These waste products make your farts smelly. When bacteria eat your food, your body is also robbed of the valuable nutrition. Farts, then, are not only a sign of indigestion. They're also a sign that you're not absorbing the full nutritional content of the food you eat.
Farts, though undesirable, carry an important message. If you are farting often, it is usually a sign of weak or overworked digestion, unhealthy gut flora, weak peristalsis, malabsorption, improper diet or bad food combining. It can also signify a weakness in one or more of your vital digestive organs (like the gallbladder or pancreas). These conditions can be either mild or extreme, and require anything from eating more slowly to deep Ayurvedic cleansing to heal. To find out how to repair your digestion, consult a practitioner or if you suspect a medical condition, your doctor.
On a final note, it's important to remember: Just because farts are bad does NOT mean you should hold them in. When you hold in your urge to fart, you're causing a traffic jam of waste and bacteria in the digestive tract. Beyond increased anxiety, holding in your farts disrupts the process of peristalsis and can even create enough pressure in the intestines to stretch them out. Though it might seem more polite, holding in your farts can actually lead to long term digestive disorders.
So, in conclusion, please don't squeeze your cheeks! The next time you feel a fart creep up, excuse yourself and let it release.
By Kimberly Kubicke, Ayurvedic Practitioner
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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I love that this is being talked about...
Apparently then every one of us is unhealthy. Even infants suffer from gas. Since this is a universal commonality, then maybe it is a normal bodily function which can be exacerbated by poor diet.