A Balanced Approach to Wellness

flatulence

Many products are available to combat this affliction that is not an affliction, but a communication device. The emission of gas from the anus is the body’s conversation about digestion.

When the body has taken in too much food to comfortably digest, has ingested foods that are harmful to the digestive process, or has experienced too much movement during the digestive process, the body communicates its difficulty by releasing gas, among other reactions. The gas that is released can be odiferous if the digestive process encounters components that create odors which are malodorous.

The odors can be considered to be problematic, but actually, they are not important. They signify digestive functioning. Other reactions, such as abdominal pain or nausea, are the reactions that indicate digestive disturbance.

Avoiding foods that are thought to create noxious flatulence is not the way to combat flatulence. These foods can be nutritious and usually do not cause problems unless they are eaten on the run, at an overly excessive meal, or with other foods that cause digestive problems.

When a meal is overly excessive, the body reacts with force. There might be abdominal pains, spasms, or nausea. Reflux or diarrhea can occur. Burping and flatulence might accompany the other symptoms of digestive unhappiness. The release of gas is not a worry like pain, but it should be heeded because it is saying “Hey, that last meal was too large!” or “Hey, the food you just ate isn’t right for you!”. The gas notifies about problems, but is not a problem.

When a meal is eaten on the run or too quickly, air intake is increased and is released through burps or flatulence. The body might also experience pain or discomfort, depending on the foods eaten. Flatulence after eating too quickly is saying “Hey, slow down!”. Flatulence while eating on the run is saying “Hey, stop eating!”. The gas releases its message and does so insistently.

When foods are eaten that are harmful to the digestive process, the body reacts in many ways. It can slow or inactivate the digestive processes. It can overreact or convulse. It can speed processing to rid itself of the harmful substances. It can instigate bodily processes that are secondary to the digestion. It can underreact if the body is weak or stressed. It can change the digestive processing to protect itself.  It can change the digestive processing to deprive itself as a protective reaction. The flatulence that occurs in any of these reactions is saying “Stop!”. The gas sputters its message and insists.

Society deems flatulence to be a to-be-avoided situation that requires suppression and apology. The age of the person influences the embarrassment level. Children become embarrassed as they are taught that flatulence is bad. Learning to apologize when gas is passed is taught to children at a young age. Rather than learning to understand their body’s reactions, they learn to reject them.

Apologizing for passing gas, burping, and smelly bowel movements is normal behavior. Interpreting the causes of these natural bodily responses is only done by holistic practitioners who understand their relevance. All these communication emissions—the gas and the bowel movements that are overly noxious—have meaning about digestion. Rather than downplay them, they should be appreciated and investigated.

The feeling of air collecting at various places in the body activates the senses of internal movement and reaction. If the foods eaten were nutritious, well-processed (chewed thoroughly and digested efficiently), and absorbed, the body releases gas as a byproduct of the processing. These gases usually bring a sense of completion and are usually odorless.

If the foods eaten were unwanted by the body—toxic, excessively consumed, or busily eaten—the body releases gas as a signal of discomfort and struggle. These gases release acid and tension that usually produce unpleasant odors and sensations.

Excessive consumption that is repeated day after day increases the amount of gas the body produces. As the body acclimates to overconsumption, the foods consumed more strongly instigate reactions. There are more incidents of abdominal pain and disturbances that disrupt functioning. Excessive consumption influences other bodily reactions, which in turn, affect flatulence. The intake of air adjusts to the influenced bodily reactions, resulting in more gas and more odiferous flatulence. This flatulence is indicative of troubled digestion, altered respiration, and normal functioning that is exaggerated. This flatulence is not problematic, but it does message the fact that the body is distressed.

Flatulence increases when eating is rushed. The hurried swallowing of food adds air into the digestive system that is more than would be taken in when the food is eaten at a relaxed pace. The rushed feelings not only influence physical digestion, but also affect emotional and sensitivity well-being. The rushed chewing and swallowing send food pieces that require extra processing to the stomach, which handles them by churning energetically. The extra churning, together with the extra air, produce flatulence that is not necessarily malodorous, but is harder to control. This flatulence tends to escape suppression because it is too forceful. Rushed eating also increases discomfort in the abdominal area that requires time to stop. The more rushed the eating, the longer the time required by the organs to perform their tasks.

Besides the problems associated with rushed eating, too quickly eating foods that disturb digestion can make the organs sluggish and lead to chronic abdominal problems. When toxic or harmful foods are consumed too quickly, the body has to respond quickly, but then returns to its pre-crisis state in waves of relaxation that add to the release of gas. The waves of relaxation increase the amount and force of the flatulence.

The flatulence from rushed eating, harmful foods, and overeating is strongly felt in the body and is usually malodorous. This flatulence has the potential of being prevented by slowing the pace and chewing the food thoroughly. There will still be flatulence because of the over-consumption of harmful foods, but it will be less forceful.

Note: This information is from the first draft of the upcoming book Invented Afflictions and Muscular Conditions. This information has been spiritually received.

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