alfalfa teaAfter my family finished their dinner feast on Christmas day, one of my daughter’s leaned back and exclaimed, “Oh, look!  I have a food baby!”  I gave what is probably the typical mother response – “A what?!”  She explained that a food baby is what you get when you are super bloated, especially after a big meal.

While being much relieved that I wasn’t going to be a grandmother again anytime soon, I was curious as to what she might have done to have this bloat, and then what could be done to relieve her of this uncomfortable condition.

There are many reasons for stomach or abdominal bloating.  Besides overeating,  inappropriate food combining, swallowing air while eating, not enough digestive acids, food intolerances, hormonal imbalance, and conditions like candida are the usual suspects.  It is also the most frequently observed symptom of acute parasitic infection.  If left untreated, it may create a more complicated health condition that mimics other syndromes, such as irritable bowel syndrome.    If you feel you would benefit from  a parasite purge, I would be happy to guide you through one.

Too much elaborate food encourages nearly everyone – even people who normally live moderately – to overindulge.  The consequence is digestive fermentation, contaminated blood, and a confused mind.  Common digestive disturbances from poor food combining include decreased nutrient assimilation, intestinal gas, and abdominal pain and swelling.   If you find that you’re suffering from embarrassing and painful swelling and gas, here are a few ways to rid yourself of it.

Alfalfa – Alfalfa benefits the intestines and detoxifies the body.  It cleans and tones the intestines and takes harmful acids out of your body.  It is very useful for gas.  Alfalfa contains eight enzymes which help assimilate protein, fats, and carbohydrates.  It is a safe food even for children.  In addition to alfalfa sprouts found in most supermarkets, alfalfa is available as a dried leaf herb, in tablets, capsules, and powders.  To make tea, steep 1 tablespoon seed or 2 ounces dried leaf in 1 quart boiling water.

Watercress – Watercress stimulates bile formation and other glandular secretions.  It is often used as a remedy for intestinal gas.  One of the most effective ways to use watercress is in vegetable juices.  It is also useful in herb teas or eaten raw, steamed, or lightly cooked in soups.

Lemon and limes – Lemon and limes are perhaps the most valuable fruit therapeutically if you have eaten a high-fat/protein diet.  They destroy putrefactive bacteria in both the intestines and mouth.  They alleviate flatulence and indigestion in general.

Coriander, cumin, and ginger – These combine well with bean dishes to diminish problems of flatulence.  Fresh ginger is used to help break down high-protein foods such as meats and beans and lessens the effect of uric acids in the body from eating these foods.

Congee – Congee is a thin porridge or gruel consisting of a handful of rice simmered in five to six times the amount of water.  Cook the rice and water in a covered pot four to six hours on warm, or use the lowest flame possible; a crockpot works very well for congees.  It is better to use too much water than too little.   Other foods added to the congee make it more therapeutic.  Apricot kernal, carrots, fennel, and black pepper all help eliminate gas.

The best principal is to eat simply.  Eating simply when in good health is also a way to preserve vitality.   So here’s to a simply healthful year for you.