Gas and Bloating Relief with Activated Charcoal

Gas and Bloating Relief with Activated Charcoal

Gas and bloating are common symptoms of IBS. IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of digestive symptoms that do not point to a specific disease but are put under the umbrella of IBS. IBS is not to be confused with IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) which is an inflammatory condition including Crohn’s disease and colitis and needs professional care. Gas and bloating that is not the result of IBD can be treated naturally once the root cause is determined.  For simple gas and bloating I like activated charcoal as a remedy. Gas and bloating relief with activated charcoal can ease your symptoms so you can start working on the root cause and long-term success.

IBS can be resolved completely, so that is encouraging for many! IBS is mainly due to SIBO a condition where there is bacterial overgrowth in the intestines. Many people naturally turn to probiotics when dealing with gas, bloating and other digestive system ailments. But if your IBS issues including gas and bloating are due to SIBO, which most are, then adding more bacteria regardless if it’s beneficial bacteria can add to the problem at least in the short term.

To get fast relief for gas and bloating the goal is to:

1) Release trapped gas

2) Relax the muscle wall of the intestines to ease cramps and bloating.

3) Balance microbes

4) Fix the diet

5) Practice good eating hygiene

Steps 1 -5 are the order in which to start healing, so the first step is to release trapped gas.

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Gas forms in your digestive tract when air is swallowed and when bacteria in the large intestines break down undigested foods. The types of food that are eaten and how long they hang out in the large intestine can determine the amount of gas produced.  You can lessen the amount of gas you experience by eating properly eg. eating hygiene; not swallowing large chunks of food, eating on the run, and eating while stressed. Be aware of the types of food eaten that will not hang out in the intestines for long producing excess gas is important.

Trapped gas can be very painful and for some keep them up at night.  Trapped gas can be a quality of life issue as well due to the pain and the bloating.  Clothes not fitting properly is another problem for those suffering from trapped gas.

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One of my favorite remedies for absorbing excess gas and providing relief is activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a medicinal remedy not to be confused with regular charcoal which is a carcinogen. Activated charcoal is the byproduct of slowly burnt coconut shells or burnt wood and then treated with oxygen which makes it an adsorbable (binding to) product. So, activated charcoal binds to toxins and odors up to one thousand times its weight.

Activated charcoal has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine for centuries and is now very popular in the U.S and around the world as a superfood. It has alkalizing properties which make it a darling for the health conscious. However many claims are not substantiated, so do your homework if you’re going to use it for other purposes.

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With that said, activated charcoal and its ability to bind to digestive toxins are well documented. Using activated charcoal to ‘bind’ to trapped gas is a wonderful, fast acting remedy for breaking up painful, trapped gas.

Make sure activated charcoal is taken away from medication or other supplements as it’s binding properties act on them as well. You want the activated charcoal to bind to gas, not your vitamins or medications. Taking it between meals is a good idea.

Activated charcoal comes in pill or powder varieties. My favorite activated charcoal products also include other gas absorbing and anti-cramping agents. Gaia Herbs Gas and Bloating and Heather’s Tummy tamers are excellent choices.

In conclusion, gas and bloating due to IBS can be remedied by taking products with activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a nutrient that has been used for centuries in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Activated charcoal acts due to its ability to adsorb or bind to other substances like gas. Take activated charcoal between meals to ensure it does not bind to other nutrients or medicines.

If you try activated charcoal for gas and bloating, I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below!

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Linda is a Functional Medicine Health Coach

Best Life Extension Vitamins

4 Best Life Extension Vitamins For Gut Health – A Trusted Brand

When you’re suffering from any type of gut health issue, finding relief with products that actually work is so important for healing. Today I’m going to explain the 4 best Life Extension vitamins for gut health and how they can assist you with healing your digestive tract.

Life extension is a trusted brand of vitamins and has been for years.  I use them regularly because I am rest assured they are high quality and have the required, effective therapeutic dosage I’m looking for. When dealing with any illness or health challenge, if you decide to use supplements, herbs or another non-medicine approach, you want to be assured that what you are taking is effective and has the therapeutic level of supplement that can actually benefit you.  If you’re like me, you’d also like to see a little science behind the product as well.  If you suffer from digestive issues like millions of people today, taking supplements is very important and you want to spend your money on quality.

A Little Background

Life Extension came about in 1980 to fill a gap in scientific research pertaining to identifying technologies that can delay/reverse aging and premature death. Their scientific research transcends academic institutions, medical companies, and conventional thought.   

Conventional, mainstream research focuses on heart disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s.  The main causes of death today. Life Extension provides scientists with millions of dollars every year to conduct research geared toward the prevention of or postponing of these diseases so humans can live longer with a higher quality of life.  

Life Extension’s clinical research involves the exploration of innovative dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic and medical devices. As a result, their dietary supplements and the formulations are always based on their research and have the recommended dosage for therapeutic value.

Because of Life Extensions clinical research in the area of supplements for health conditions their research findings end up in their supplements. Knowing that you are taking the right vitamin for the right condition and at the appropriate dose makes taking Life Extension supplements a no-brainer.Adobe Spark (83)

Every Year, Millions Suffer From Digestive Issues

Digestive challenges harm the quality of life for many Americans today.  IBS is on the rise and is becoming an employer’s nightmare.  Many people are missing workdays due to IBS and work productivity is lower when employees suffer from IBS.  IBS sufferers can experience gas, bloating, pain, constipation, reflux, and diarrhea.  

GERD or reflux is when digestive acids make their way to the esophagus causing heartburn and pain. This can be due to too little or too much hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

IBD (irritable bowel disease) is when chronic inflammation results in pain and inflammation of the intestines and bowel. IBD is a serious condition which needs treatment from conventional and alternative therapies.  Read more about IBD. Continue reading

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IBS and Panic Attacks – Calm Your Stomach and Mind

IBS is a disorder that causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS, although uncomfortable and sometimes painful, is not damaging to the intestines.  Women have a higher rate of acquiring IBS and it’s symptoms start usually in late adolescence and young adulthood.  IBS and anxiety disorder are closely linked.  If you are a woman suffering from IBS, there is a good chance you are also at risk for anxiety and depression.  IBS and panic attacks can sometimes go together.  The question is, is the IBS causing the anxiety, or is it the other way around?

The Connection Between IBS and Anxiety

  • Experts do not believe that psychological problems cause IBS.  People with IBS may be more sensitive to emotional issues though.
  • Stress may make the mind more aware of changes in the digestive symptom causing panic.  Some suffers explain how before having a bowel movement, they feel their heart racing and a generalized feeling of anxiousness that is disturbing to them.
  • IBS may be triggered by the immune system, which is affected by stress.  The gut lining houses over seventy five percent of our immune system so any changes in stress will cause issues with the stomach.

What Does Gut Bacteria Have To Do With Panic Attacks?

Residing in our gastrointestinal tract are numerous viruses, bacteria and yeast. This group is collectively called our microbiome.  Think about the microbiome as the intestinal version of the human genome.  Some think our bodies are just vessels for these microbes!   The brain gets signals FROM the gut microbiome or the brain may be signaling changes TO the gut microbiome.  So when someone is stressed, the microbiome may change resulting with the brain getting different signals and then anxiety comes about.  Or vice versa.  When the brain is stressed and anxious it signals changes to the microbiome causing IBS.

Whatever scenario it is, there is a direct relationship.

Improve Your Digestion And Improve Panic Attacks

  • Diet changes are very helpful to relieve IBS symptoms. Adding fiber and prebiotics can help relieve constipation.  Kicking the sugar habit is very helpful.  Gut bacteria FEED on sugar, the more sugar you eat the more bad bacteria grow and thrive.  This imbalance causes inflammation and can result in panic attacks.  Join this FREE sugar reboot workshop to kick the habit.
  • Try natural herbs for digestive help. Some herbal products are known for their symptom relief.  Lemon balm, agnus castus, melissa leaf, horse tail and senna leaf are good ones to try.
  • Taking probiotics may help improve the ‘balance’ of good bacteria in the gut.  Take them daily with food 3 times a day to help proliferate the good bacteria in the gut.  Researchers at UCLA, found that probiotics administered to a control group of women decreased activity in the part of the brain that controls emotion and sensation. When the brain is more calm, IBS symptoms as well as panic attacks may be lessened.  Other studies have shown that the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum normalizes anxiety-like behavior in mice.  Lactobacillus rhamnosus showed a marked effect on GABA levels which is involved with regulating behavior and lowering stress hormones. Innovix Laboratories offers one of the only probiotics aimed at mood disorders.

The gut is your ‘second’ brain.  There are neurons in your gut that are similar to those in your brain.  An imbalance in these microbes in the gut researchers are finding contribute to mood disorders including anxiety and panic attacks.

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Mood disorders, like anxiety and panic attacks can be relieved with stress reducing activities such as relaxation therapy, hypnosis, meditation and therapy.  Consistently engaging in these activities offer a reduction in bad bacteria and a resulting reduction in anxiety.  A study done on mice showed when gut bacteria from one mouse with mood disorders was transferred to a symptom free mouse, the symptom free mouse started exhibiting mood disorders.  The conclusion is that our gut bacteria may control our mental health.  Larry Dorsey, MD, author of The One Mind believes that our intentions can influence the diversity of our gut microbiome.  Engaging in regular and consistent meditation practice can help your health in a multitude of ways.  If you don’t think you can meditate or are confused as to the mechanics, sign up for this fun and easy meditation program. 28 Day Spiritual Cleanse Program.

In conclusion, panic attacks and other mood disorders have a strong link to gut issues like IBS.  IBS symptoms can be relieved when diet is improved and certain foods and supplements, like probiotics are added in. IBS can also be relieved when panic and anxiety issues are addressed through meditation and diet.  Our gut is linked to brain health and vice versa. Take care of one and the other is relieved! Probiotics and meditation are two of the strongest things you can do to help yourself when suffering from these conditions.

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Heal Your Gut Diet – Have A Happy Tummy!

Suffering from digestive problems is a nightmare for millions of people.  It’s hard to have any quality of life when your stomach hurts and you need to make sure there is a bathroom available wherever you go. For employers, work productivity is lower among their employees suffering from this syndrome,  making IBS something that everyone should be concerned about.   For many people, food has become the enemy.  Not knowing what to eat, when to eat and IF to eat becomes a daily struggle.   A heal your gut diet would be welcomed by many, so I put together some foods that you should include in your diet every day.

Why are certain foods the enemy?

IBS symptoms are different for each person who suffers from it.  Some have bloating and gas.  Others have endless constipation, some with diarrhea while some people suffer from all of them!  Different foods can trigger certain symptoms in those who are sensitive.  First, let me address the foods that are related to certain symptoms.

bloating foodsBloating and Gas:  Trigger foods to avoid are beans, Brussels sprouts, wheat germ, raisins, and raw vegetables.  WHY?  If your stomach is healthy, you can digest raw vegetables, but if you cannot, then bloating and gas is a result.  Wait until you strengthen your digestion before you eat raw veggies.

Constipation:  Trigger foods for constipation include bread and cereals made with refined grains. Processed foods, coffee, soda and other carbonated drinks as well as alcohol.  High protein diets as well as high protein smoothies.  Dairy products, most notably cheese.  WHY?  If you are eating a high protein diet, your needs for hydration increase.  If you don’t drink enough water, constipation is the result. The high-fat content in cheese is thought to be a factor in constipation. The mildly dehydrating effect of caffeinated coffee can be enough to trigger constipation.

Diarrhea:  Trigger foods for diarrhea are chocolate drinks, alcohol, fructose, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fried and fatty foods, dairy products, wheat and gluten products. Too much fiber in the form of insoluble fiber that is in the skins of fruits and veggies.  WHY? Insoluble fiber is like a scrubbing brush for your digestive system and too much of it can be very irritating. The caffeine in chocolate and coffee are irritating to the stomach walls. The high-fat content of fried foods is irritating to the stomach.

The ABC’s of Gut Healing Foods

Some foods cause little digestive distress and are good to eat in moderation every day.

Almonds, including almond butter and oil
Apples
Apricots, fresh or dried
Artichoke, French
Asparagus
Aubergine (eggplant)
Avocados, including avocado oil
Berries, all kinds
Black radish
Bok Choy
Brazil nuts
Broccoli
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For a complete list of gut healing and soothing foods, sign up for a 7 day Gut Health Program and get the complete list and learn how to calm your stomach.

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For Constipation:  Increase your fiber by 2 grams a day until you get to 25 grams if you’re a woman and 35 grams if you are a man.  Dried plums or prune juice is great.  Take a high quality probiotc with every meal. Drink pure water every day, up to half you body weight in water.

For Diarrhea:  Soluble fiber adds bulk to your stools.  Some food examples are oats, brown rice, flesh of fruit (not skin) whole wheat breads and pasta.  Don’t mix hot and cold foods in the same meal.  For example, iced beverages with hot soup. Onions and cabbage are not your friends when you have diarrhea.  Eat small portion and do not drink water with your meals.

Knowing what to eat to calm your stomach is so important when dealing with digestive issues.  It’s just as important to know what not to eat as well.  Supplements are also very important when healing your gut.  Check out my article on supplements that help with healing your gut.

If you would like to finally feel better and know how to treat your stomach with foods and supplements, sign up for my 7 day program.

An elimination diet is critical to do to get a handle on your trigger foods.  You can do an elimination diet through a Health Coach like me, or you can try it on your own.  I recommend a workbook or guide to help you through it. Try this one from Amazon.com.

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IBS And Panic Attacks – Yes, They Are Related!

There is a strong correlation between IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms and anxiety.   IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.  Some experts feel that IBS and panic attacks go hand in hand due to the fact that the colon is partially controlled by the nervous system which responds to stress.  Most sufferers of IBS are women.  About one in five adults have IBS and symptoms usually start in late adolescence or early adulthood.

 

Doctors do not know the cause of IBS, but thankfully the condition is not permanently damaging to the colon. However, the pain and suffering are very real.

Signs And Symptoms Of IBS

When these signs are present for at least 6 months:

  • Change in bowel patterns
  • Bloating and gas
  • Pain.  Either in the lower belly and sometimes the upper quadrant
  • Mucus in stools.

You may have IBS if you have these symptoms for 3 days a month for at least 3 months and:

  • The pain is relieved by having a bowel movement.
  • Pain and frequency of bowel movements.
  • Pain accompanying changes in consistency and color of bowel movements.

Is Your IBS Caused by Anxiety?

As stated above, doctors do not for sure know the cause of IBS, but anxiety is thought to be one of the main reasons that IBS occurs.  If you’re not sure you’re anxiety is causing IBS, take this test to find out if your anxiety is within normal ranges.  If it’s not and you have IBS, you should consider treating your anxiety.  Once treated your IBS symptoms may go away.

How To Cope

Keep a symptom diary.

Keeping track of your symptoms is so important and can help you detect patterns and triggers. Journals specially made for symptom tracking can help you.
Practice stress management techniques.

Relaxation exercises like breathing techniques can stop a panic attack in its tracks.  When practiced regularly you may lessen your anxiety and as a result, lessen your IBS symptoms.

  • Relaxation exercises can slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure which will reduce stress and anxiety.  They can also increase blood flow to muscles releasing tension. Another benefit is reducing stress hormones which will lower inflammation in the body.  The more your body is in a relaxed state, the better chance you will relieve IBS.
  • Yoga relaxes your body and mind by stretching your muscles and breathing.
  • Meditation.  I offer a fantastic 28 day Spiritual Cleanse.  You will learn basic meditation techniques and if you never thought you could meditate before, I guarantee you will be able to after this program!

Try counseling.  

Sometimes you need more help.  Over 70 percent of people do not treat their IBS and try to treat themselves.  If you suffer from anxiety, you may need to get that under control.  When you treat your anxiety, IBS may just fade away.

As an Integrative Health Coach, I can help you find patterns in your IBS and help you get your stress and anxiety under control.  Sign up for a free 60 minute consultation here: 60 Minute Consultation

For more information about IBS and anxiety and how to recover naturally, I recommend this book:

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