You started a new diet plan and you're psyched to be eating more of your favorite seasonal foods. Thing is, each time you eat fruits, vegetables and legumes, you suffer with gas and bloating. This may be happening for several reasons.
First, understand that natures foods, particularly fruits, vegetables and beans are the real deal. These foods contain water and real fiber, versus cellulose and other fake fiber additives found in processed and "fortified" food. When you initially increase your amount of fruits, vegetables and legumes there is going to be a natural reaction. This natural reaction of adjustment: bloating, gas and discomfort is a telling indication of your current gut health. That being said, if your body reacts to fruits, vegetables, legumes and other natural fibrous foods negatively. it's a sure bet your current gut health is in question.
Other reasons your body could be reacting negatively to highly nutritious, fibrous and natural foods could stem from your previous diet being too high animal products, wheat ,dairy, and processed foods. When you think about it, your body has had to adjust to these foods at one time. In fact, because of the American willingness to eat a diet high in these foods, many carry at minimum, five to twenty-five pounds of dried fecal matter in their gut at all times. Eating a high amount of fruits and vegetables and allowing the processes of elimination to occur naturally help to correct this.
The best remedy for improving gut health and addressing your bloating and gas issue is simple: continue to eat more vegetables, fruit, beans and legumes and allow your body to do it's adjusting and eliminative work. In time your amazing body will adjust to this new and healthy way of eating, in the same way that it has adjusted to your bad diet. This is what the body does: it adjusts. For example, if you drank alcohol, your body has had no choice but to adjust to it, or you would've died. Whether you remember or not, eating processed junk and fast foods came with their adjustment reactions as well. Rest assured, if you have switched to eating fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and other plant-based foods that contain awesome amounts of real fiber, minerals and vitamins your body is going to adjust. Stay with it.
One easy way to ease into a diet that requires eating more fruits and vegetables than you're accustomed to, is to properly combine what you're eating, so as not to further aggravate the digestive tract.
- Add celery juice to your diet. Drinking celery juice first thing in the morning will correct digestion in as little as one week.
- Eat the same fruits together. For example, eat two oranges, or two apples or three bananas at breakfast instead of mixing them until the digestive tract adjusts to having fruit.
- Sip ginger tea anytime there's stomach upset to ease symptoms immediately.
- Do not drink fermented fruit. An example would be wine or any other alcoholic beverage with a salad or even with fruit. (Think sangria.)
- Prepare simple salads that pack at minimum three vegetable ingredients, then add more accordingly.
- Keep all plant-based foods organic if possible.
Enjoy eating fruits and vegetables with the understanding that your gut health needs to be improved and your digestive tract is reacting to a positive change. Give your body the time it needs and it will become adjusted to eating more and more fruits and vegetables, while improving your gut and overall health as well.