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Controlling Intestinal Gas Naturally
Posted by on 13 February, 2006

Intestinal gas, flatulence, farting or breaking wind is a natural part of the digestive process. This odorless gas, although at times embarrassing, is the result of good digestion. Every day, our body produces one to three pints of gas that is ultimately passed. For some, gas is an ongoing problem. Discover alternative and natural healing methods in which you can reduce or eliminate the awkwardness of intestinal gas.

Intestinal gas, flatulence, farting or breaking wind is a natural part of the digestive process. This odorless gas, although at times embarrassing, is the result of good digestion. Every day our body produces one to three pints of gas that is ultimately passed. Intestinal gas is made up of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. If we notice an unpleasant smell, it is because the gas contains other compounds, including hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.

Bacterium that lives in our intestinal tract is what produces most intestinal gas. It digests the food we eat; primarily sugars, starches and cellulose. When ingested sugars are not been properly broken down, they can ferment and produce gas as they pass through the small intestine. Contractions of the small intestine propel this gas through the large intestine, where it is expelled out the rectum. This prevents gas from accumulating in the body, which can cause cramping.

Certain foods produce more gas then others. Some healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, beans and peas often are the worst offenders. These foods are high in soluble fiber. Fiber slows the digestion of starches in the small intestine, thus promoting increased gas. Fiber, however, has many benefits including promoting a healthy digestive tract, regulating our blood sugar and maintaining normal cholesterol levels.

Normally we pass gas about fourteen times a day. Intestinal gas is only considered excessive if it is being passed over twenty times per day. If someone complains of excessive gas, but isn?t passing it over twenty times a day, then something else may be going on. Perhaps the real concern is the foul odor to their gas, an inability to hold gas back, or even a problem with soiling their undergarments when gas is being passed.

Recommendations For Wellness

Avoid foods such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, coffee, eggs, fish, prunes, radishes, dates, figs - or artificial sweeteners like sorbitol - which can promote gas production.

Limit high fat foods. Fats slow the digestion of foods through the stomach and small intestine.

Avoid milk and milk products, especially if you suspect you are lactose intolerant.

Try taking a digestive enzyme or digestive bitter tonic before meals to help improve carbohydrate digestion.

Activated charcoal tablets, when taken before a meal, have been shown to greatly reduce gas formation.

Ginger, either fresh or in tablet form, is useful in relieving flatulence.

Catnip and fennel are herbs that are often used to ease bloating and reduce intestinal gas.

Nature´s Sunshine´s Anti-Gas Formula contains a blend of herbs that assist the body?s efforts to expel gas.

Supplementation with probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidophilus (4080-4) supports healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and keeps gas-producing bacteria in check.

Copyright Body, Mind & SoulHealer 2006. All rights reserved.
Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is the author of the books "Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4" and "The Power Within". It is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise help you bring health, healing and wholeness back into your life. Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes are now forming. Visit or call (972) 475-3393 for more information.

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Relativism; Barrier to Happiness
Posted by on 07 March, 2005

The path to happiness, based on being relative to your perspective on being better or having more than someone else, is a path that has no end.

The path to happiness, based on being relative to your perspective on being better or having more than someone else, is a path that has no end. It’s the conditioning to being what I have, what I do, and what I make relative to someone else or even what’s available. Happiness is itself a value and not a possession or a destination. It’s your perception and self judgment that has you looking at happiness as a possession or the location at the end of the finish line.
Think about the work that it will take to get you to that perceived level of being comfortable in order to obtain that happiness. Looking at the finish line as the place to find happiness is the carrot at the end of the stick that tells us that we are now happy but only for a moment. It relieves us from answering the question as to why we aren’t happy today. If our happiness lies someplace else that we haven’t reached yet, then it keeps us from having to accept the reality that we consider ourselves not to be happy now.
There has been a noticeable increase of income for the top 5% of house holds in the past few decades. Although the top 5% have had an appreciable increase in house hold income, “Income growth has almost come to a halt for the middle class” over the last two decades. How does that have an effect on your happiness? Based on a poll taken December 2004 among Americans, there was little difference in their perceived happiness. There is a 7% difference of happiness between those with incomes in the range of $35,000 - $49,000 to those with incomes that are over $100,000 a year. Other polls show that “Americans believe that whatever their income level, they need more to live well. Even those making large sums said still larger sums were required. We seem conditioned to think we do not have enough, even if objectively our lives are comfortable”.
With that in mind, take a look at the indicators that you have adopted that may be keeping you from feeling fulfilled and experiencing happiness everyday.
Divesting yourself from achieving goals as your happiness indicator can remove your suffering from happiness relativism.

Here are 8 steps that can help.
1. Count your blessings.
(Start writing down daily what you are appreciative for. Remember 1000 things go right every day, its just a matter of if your paying attention)

2. Practice acts of kindness.
(These should be random acts. When you feel generous, you change how you look at the world)

3. Savor life’s joys.
(Focus your attention on your accomplishments no matter how small. Sit on a bench in the sun and take a couple deep breaths)

4. Thank a mentor.
(Recognize the help someone offered you when you needed it. Be specific and thank them in person if possible)

5. Learn to forgive.
(Let go of energy being spent that reminds you why you aren’t happy. Write a letter to yourself forgiving the time you judge yourself in a harsh way)

6. Invest time and energy in friends and family.
(Developing strong personal relationships that are not about money or status can offer incredible value)

7. Take care of your body.
(Getting sleep, keeping your body exercised and stretching help with doing something for yourself that feels good as a daily routine)

8. Develop strategies for coping with stress and hardships.
(Challenges are going to happen in life; it’s how we grow. Develop effective stress relieving techniques that work for you and use them.

Source Time: The Science of Happiness Jan. 17, 2005

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