May 14th, 2012
by Jodi · Filed Under: General Health
Waking up every morning to a flat stomach is a great feeling. Not just because we all want a flat belly, but because it typically means we feel good, too. But as the day wears on, many of us begin to bloat, become gassy or our stomachs start to complain with this occurring on a near daily basis. Since our diets tend to be free of the usual suspects (processed food, cheese and excessive sweeteners) we are left to wonder what are we doing wrong and why do we need to burn a hole through our office chair when no one is around?
Aside from the normal issues associated with diarrhea, constipation and persistent gas, I wanted to take you into the land of naturopathic medicine and give you a few more things to think about other than the normal causes and remedies.
What is it? Annoying and smelly. Great combo right there; makes you just want to have it weekly.
Normal Causes: Incomplete digestion, food poisoning, artificial sweeteners
Notable Causes: Emotional stress—I see this a lot. We must find ways to manage our stress better. We tend to forget that running, plyos, cardio and lifting are also a form of stress to the body so we heap on more stress on top of good stress. From here we just become one big leaky gut. Chron’s or ulcerative colitis—Here is another common one that you would not necessarily think about but many of us suffer from it. If you are having chronic diarrhea and have just said ‘what the heck about it’, get this checked out! Vitamin Deficiency—specifically A, B and zinc. I know we think we eat healthy so we don’t need to supplement, but that’s crap (pardon the pun). We play hard and eat lite. Stay on top of your vitamins.
Treatment: The easiest by far is the BRAT diet. Go here before going to Immodium. BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast) starts out with chicken broth first. Just plain old chicken broth with lots of sodium in it. Do that for about 2 meals, then add rice at the next meal. If you can hold all that in, add a piece of dry toast with that soup next meal. If all goes well, have a banana or an apple/sauce. Lastly, add in plain chicken for stability and you should be good to go by then. If it’s really severe, start with rice water first: 1 cup rice boiled in 5 cups water for 45 min. Have it throughout the day before venturing into the BRAT diet.
What is it? A traffic jam that when released, causes the scale to drop as much as 3 pounds.
Normal Causes: Dehydration!
Notable causes: Not going when you have to—if you have to go, then go. Don’t hold back for long periods of time because that can have major consequences. Magnesium deficiency—now do you see why I am psycho about it? This is just one of the benefits of Mg. Depression—need I say more? Very prevalent in the clean eating community. Hypothyroidism—if you can’t kick start your system, you can’t really kick the colon into action either. This is a good sign as to whether they have you dialed into the right dose of thyroid med.
Treatment: Start with a fiber product. Use laxatives only as last resort. Teas work really well. But here are some things you may not have thought of: Guacamole—with or without chips, enough of this stuff can make the meal you at on prom night fall out of you. It’s called greasin’ the groove. As a side note…do not have this or salmon or anything high fat the day before a long run. That’ll be an inconvenient run if ever there was one. Do NOT have fiber—if you have gone 5 or 6 days without going, fiber at this point is like stuffing cotton into your eardrum. It doesn’t make sense. Instead, try a stool softener. It will work much better.
What is it? Embarrassing and revealing all at the same time.
Here’s the deal: All of us have gas all the time. It’s normal. But when it starts to smell like first days of the Boston Harbor Project at low tide, something is wrong. If you have adequate variety in your diet, this should not be a huge issue. But if you insist on eating only 2 veggies and they are broccoli and kale, you may have the ability to clear out a commuter train at 5pm. Also, I find that because our meals are packed for the day and we tend to either eat them cold or eat them rapidly, that our digestion is typically poor. Slow down, heat up your food and take time to eat it. You could be saving yourself some money in the long run with all the candles you won’t have to buy.
Treatment: Digestive enzymes, glutamine and probiotics. Most of us run out and get the probiotics and we forget about the enzymes. More on those later.
We have more to delve into over the next few days. Bloating is caused by much more than what’s here. I am finding we have stomach issues and liver problems, as well. More than anything I really want you to reduce your stress. That includes working out too much. Ya hear me? Woop woop!