Category Archives: Cleansing
If you’ve been used to eating processed, refined low fiber food and you switch to a high fiber diet, you may experience cramping, bloating, diarrhea and gas. Ironically, even constipation can occur if you neglect to drink inadequate amounts of water. The operative term here is “moderation.” Start slowly and gradually increase your intake of fiber. If you do this, your intestinal tract will adjust nicely and you’ll be less “gassy”.
When you eat fibrous foods, bacteria in the bowel attack and digest these complex carbohydrate molecules and in the process methane gas is released. This is the “bean” effect so many of us are familiar with.
The fact that almost half of the world is constipated conveys a very clear and simple message…..whatever it is that we’re eating or not eating, our colon’s are not happy. The human machine is marvelously designed to function efficiently. It can take in food, begin to chemically breakdown the chemical structures of that food through chewing and salivary enzymes, continue digestion in the stomach, absorb nutrients for fuel and regeneration in the small intestine, move waste to the large intestine and in a relatively short amount of time, should expel that waste from the body.
This is the way we were meant to operate. Unfortunately, many if not most of us don’t. Sadly, we pay more attention to keeping our cars running well than our own digestive systems. The bottom line (no pun intended) is that fiber keeps our human machinery running smoothly. Preventing the build-up of any kind of waste matieral is crucial to the maintance of any machine. If the fuel filter in your car is clogged, your engine is going to spit and putter and your gas mileage will be significantly reduced. Likewise, the human machine becomes terribly sluggish if its systems are not efficiently cleared of toxic waste.