But the reality is humans fart. Farting is a necessary part of a healthy digestive tract as is pooping daily.
After 35 years of marriage, I still cringe when my husband lets one rip. Even now, if he farts when climbing into bed, I always make a face of disgust.
But let’s face it. Men are a bit more free in that department.
Is it a coincidence that women have a greater incidence of digestive issues than men. Coincidence? I doubt it.
Why is it that ladies don’t like to talk about these things? Perhaps it’s because we were taught to be embarrassed by natural bodily functions, and we certainly do not want to be smelled. We trained ourselves to hold it all inside. Holding causes things like uncomfortable bloating and gas can lead to constipation and an overall increase in toxins in the body. Yikes!
Women are more likely to suffer from digestive issues like:
Which can lead to all kinds of other problems:
Chronic joint pain
These natural functions are part of the human game, we should allow them without shame.
Here are a few simple rules for healthy digestion:
- Go when you need to. Of course, wait till you are sitting on a toilet. But go, without apology.
- Pass gas when you need to. It’s OK to excuse yourself, step away from the crowd, and release. Your body will thank you for that.
- Eat enough fiber. Even if you are practicing a crazy food plan (ie: Keto) you must still eat your greens. I personally don’t count carbs in greens. You only get into trouble when they are cooked to death in bacon fat and smothered in cheap cheese sauce.
- Reduce stress, or get really good at managing it. I get that this is easier said than done. It might be worth working with a coach to help you.
Gut health is highly important to your overall health and well being. An imbalance can lead to many chronic diseases.
There are 40 trillion bacteria that live in your body, mostly in the intestines.
Food greatly affects the balance of good bacteria to the not so good bacteria that can wreak havoc on your health. Eating whole foods can help reduce heart disease, chronic inflammation, and digestive issues like those mentioned above.
Here are easy 4 science-based ways to improve your gut.
- Eat Lots of Vegetables, berries, Legumes, Beans and whole grains. These are mainly fiber or complex carbs that the body uses to fuel healthy bacteria in the guts and keeps thing moving along too.
- Add fermented foods like Yogurt, Kimchi, raw Sauerkraut, Kefir, Tempeh. Avoid flavored yogurt and yogurt containing fruit as these tend to have a lot of sugar. Yogurt is best plain, made with only milk and bacteria mixtures also called starter cultures.
- Lay off sugar, and artificial sweeteners, diet soda, juices, energy drinks, period.
- Eat dark chocolate, red wine, grape skins, almonds, onions, blueberries, broccoli. These contain polyphenols and can increase the quantity of healthy Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli bacteria.
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