When you first go vegan, flatulence is not the first thing that comes to your mind. Well for a lot of new vegans, this is a common problem! We found a great article that goes into detail on the reasons why new vegans become so gassy and bloated!
Original Post by: thegreencreator.com
A question I get asked a lot is ”how to stop farting?” But also during coaching I ask about gut health within a few minutes. If you completely stop farting you have a problem, because we all fart. But when you can’t seem to stop farting, read on. I’m sharing 17 (!) tips on how to stop farting.
Your gut is pretty smart and communicates with us all the time. So it’s a good idea to listen to the signals it’s sending us. Most of us who transfer to a whole food plant based diet (or raw vegan diet), or switch back and forth to it experience more farting and bloating. No worries! When you start eating more plant based foods and less animal based foods and processed foods, you will fart…. like a lot. What also can happen if you start eating more plant fibers, is more bloating. No one ever enjoyed bloating unless you are at home (in your comfy no zipper pants) on the sofa with zero intentions to socialize.
But why the farting?
Eating a whole food plant-based diet (the correct healthy way) is the best thing you can do for your body. It heals the gut, it gives you tons of energy and it strengthens the immune system. It also makes you poop more often (which is a good thing!).
All great, but why the farting? The reason is: fiber. When your body isn’t used to fiber, it will let you know. When you switch from an animal based food diet (low in fibers) to a plant based diet (high in fibers) you are doing a great job!
Fibers are crucial for a healthy body
Fibers keep us from being constipated
It reduces inflammation in the body
Plant based fibers act as a prebiotic (feeding the good gut bacteria)
Fibers keep us full and satiated for long periods of time
“All Disease Begins In The Gut” -Hippocrates
Let’s all drop this ”vegan protein question”, and start asking about the amount of fibers we are eating daily. Because you know what? It’s nearly impossible not to get enough protein (even if you eat plant based), but a diet low in fibers seems to be the norm nowadays.
Less than 3% of people living in the U.S are deficient in protein, whereas 98% of the American population are lacking in fiber.
The ONLY problem is when you just started eating a plant based diet, that you don’t have a lot of fibers in your gut. The response is…farting.
However, the more fibers you eat, the more you’ll grow your ”fiber eating gut bacteria”. Give it some weeks and you will notice the difference. On average we fart 15 times per day, so keep that in mind as well. Farting is normal to a certain degree.
How to stop farting