I've recently moved to a 90% Vegan (100% vegetarian) diet,<br>
I've been noticing that I am a lot more gassy due to the change.<br>
Is there a way to moderate this?<br><br>
Quite an embarrassing question, but surely I'm not the only one.
For most people it seems to lessen over time. It's too bad our culture is so uptight about it, though. Who did a fart ever hurt? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
its normal and your digestive tract will probably even itself out in time.<br><br>
a few tips to help:<br>
soak dried beans at least 6 hours (the longer the better) before cooking them, if you are eating canned beans they may not have been soaked long enough (or at all) which can make more gas.<br>
pineapple and papaya have natural digestive enzymes that help break down foods our tummies have troubles with, try to eat these after eating or on a regular basis (100% pineapple juice is a good option)<br>
drink plenty of water<br>
take probiotics to help balance out gut bacteria
People often say 'eventually' it greatly reduces but I've seen no vaguely scientific information on how long that might be (if it exists, someone please post it). I suspect it may just be a matter of your gut sitting around being gassy until it finds new bacteria to use which are better able to fully metabolize the fart sugars in vegetables and beans. (The critters in your gut eat sugars you cant use but usually metabolize some of them along an incomplete pathway leading to farts)<br>
Just which 'fart sugars' can get metabolized better might be uneven too, like for me after 1 year beans only seem to produce 1/4 as much gas as they did at the start but turnips and cabbage still produce over 1/2 as much.<br>
Maybe go for a jog in the morning to get yesterdays gas worked out before school or work, lol.<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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You should be grateful. You're likely producing less solid waste than before. As a result, your GI tract has less work to do, and you'll probably live longer, because of it.<br><br>
Vegetarians, and especially vegans, have larger stools than their omni counterparts. A very good thing because more fiber and more work for the GI tract leads to less colon cancer, less gall stones, less diverticulitis, and lower serum cholesterol.
I recently bought some Beano because I am starting a new job and did not want to be blowing up the office. I was very annoyed to find out that there is fish in the ingredients. I had looked over the ingredients quickly and really had no reason to think there would be animal products in it.
This probably isn't the issue for the OP, but I just want to point out to people struggling with gas (like me...) to keep an eye on how much you swallow. I mean, I'll swallow every few seconds. That's a lot of extra air that has to come back out at some point. I have to force myself not to swallow so frequently. Just a thought. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
I feel like I've had less gas from the beginning of giving up meat.
I have always had a high fiber diet, and beans have never given me more a bit of passing air, but meat---whooaa. Isn't that where the expression "beef" comes from?
It just seems that foods affect people differently. For instance, this week I've discovered that it really is just raw zucchini that my system can't seem to digest. I've eaten various salads every day without problem, tried zucchini, felt like mulch
It does sound like something that you'll get accostomed to in time. Make sure you cook grains properly! I had that issue in the beginning, esp with things I wasn't familiar with. Soak and rinse dried beans, always rinse canned. Actually, there are certain canned beans I get gas with, even after rinsing. I'm thinking it's kidney beans because they're one I don't often
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