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Flatulence? Bloated Belly? The High Price of Gas…

Flatulence? Bloated Belly? The High Price of Gas…

The Ayurveda Experience September 03, 2016

What’s the price you pay for gas?

Nope, I am not talking about the gas you put in your car’s gas tank. I am talking about the gas that comes out your rear end. For some people it happens a lot, for some nice and quiet; others embarrass themselves with deadly smells.

Whatever it is for you, you’re paying a high price for that gas.

Sure, the body does produce gases. It’s natural to some degree. The colon is the main seat for Vata dosha (the air and ether element). If Vata increases in the colon due to eating Vata-aggravating foods, cold weather, anxiety, insomnia and other factors, gases may build up.

Isn’t Gas Normal?

Passing a gentle form of gas a couple times per day is normal. However, when there is:

  • Discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Desperate suppression of passing it because you find yourself in public
  • Embarrassing moments you could not hold it back

If any of these instances happen, then it’s time to take a look at it.

Ayurvedic Take on Flatulence

According to Ayurveda you should never suppress natural urges. In the Caraka Samhita, one of the ancient texts on Ayurvedic medicine, it says this:

“One should not suppress the natural urges relating to urine, feces, semen, flatus [that’s the gas we are talking about], vomiting, sneezing, eructation, yawning, hunger, thirst, tears, sleep and breathing caused by overexertion.” (Chapter VII, verses 3-4)

“If one suppresses the urge for passing flatus, this causes retention of feces, urine, distension of abdomen, pain, exhaustion and other abdominal diseases due to the vitiation of Vata.” (Chapter VII, verses 12-13)

In other words, gas can lead to a lot more than just a fleeting moment of passing wind.

If you think the ancient text’s exposition on gas is a bit dry and need a juicier explanation, then read on.

Here is the thing: having a lot of gas is a sign that you are not absorbing your nutrients well.

One of the reasons gas is produced is as a by-product to the breakdown of your food. It is likely you ate a lot of Vata-aggravating foods that inherently are comprised of a lot of air–like popcorn, crackers, bread or the like. The equation goes:

Gas = Malabsorption

Now you must remember that our cells are made up of the substances we ingest. If you don’t absorb your food well, you will have poor tissue formation. The equation continues like this:

Malabsorption = Low-quality tissue

If your tissues—ultimately made up of individual cells—are low-quality, the work each cell does will also be low-quality, leading to low immunity. The equation continues like this:

Low-quality tissue = Lowered immunity

Now go back to the beginning and remember we started out with gas. So, the equation ultimately goes:

Gas  = Lowered immunity 

…which makes you more susceptible to disease.

And that, dear friend, is the high price you pay for gas.

 

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