Protein farts can be pretty hilarious amongst the bro’s who share in your adolescent humor (like me, lol), but in order to prevent the wife from filing for divorce over your downright offensive smelling flatulence…you might want to read on and learn what you can do to suppress those protein farts.
While those barking spiders , low flying ducks, and sub-machine guns can be amusing at times, protein farts can actually be pretty obnoxious! You’re at work all day in meetings around all those people…You are sweating bullets in your effort to hold back…you are successful for the most part until the gas decides to “drop” into your colon…“Oh man, I’m so hungry” you proclaim in an effort to hide your gaseous tendencies.
Or in my case, when I was dating my high school girlfriend (wife of almost 9 years now…WIN!) – we would hang out for 8-10 hours on Sundays and by the time I started walking to my car it sounded like I was stepping on land mines with every step.
While you can all probably relate to these protein fart events in your own life…it actually is pretty frustrating at times and can cause some severe discomfort. Before we get into how to remedy your protein fart funk…Lets take a look at what actually causes protein farts (pardon my French if you are offended by the word “fart”…but it is what it is!).
You would be surprised to know that the body does not need very much protein to maintain muscle mass.
“Our protein needs depend on our age, size, and activity level. The standard method used by nutritionists to estimate our minimum daily protein requirement is to multiply the body weight in kilograms by 0.8, or weight in pounds by 0.37.This is the number of grams of protein that should be the daily minimum.
According to this method, a person weighing 150 lbs. should eat 55 grams of protein per day, a 200-pound person should get 74 grams, and a 250-pound person should eat 92 grams.” ~ About.com
So if the body only “needs” a modest amount of protein, what happens to all that other protein when you are on a fat shredder diet? Well the reason fat shredder diets are so effective is that its difficult for your body to break down protein. Your body actually burns more calories processing protein than it would processing a piece of fruit for instance. This is also one of the reasons that a fat shredder diet should NOT be a permanent meal plan. Eventually your goal should be to get your body fat low enough so that you can transition to a maintenance diet.
With all that “extra” protein, lack of proper digestion can cause gas. Now gas is not necessarily harmful, unlike constipation. However, it can be unpleasant and is a sign that foods are not being broken down properly…the results…smelly, nasty, offensive…and often times humorous (IMHO) “Protein farts”!
So how do you remedy this offensive side effect of a protein packed diet?
One of the easiest methods to reduce gas and bloating that you can employ while reading this article in fact is chewing your food better! I like simple… The more you chew the less work your digestive system has to do in order to break down that food. Take your time, enjoy the flavors…no one is going to take it from you 🙂
Foods that reduce gas and bloating:
Ginger: Ginger has long been know to help with an upset stomach and clam down your digestive system.
Raw Honey: Known as being a popular home remedy, a spoon of raw honey can prevent excessive gas.
Peppermint: If you’re having a hard time digesting your foods, try eating peppermint leaves raw or adding them into a tea. And it might help with the stink, lol.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon can help metabolize fats in the digestive process, allowing your body to refrain from creating excessive gas.
Water: Drinking water (8-10 8oz glasses per day) is one of the best ways to flush your digestive system therefore reducing gas.
Green Juices: Fresh green juices made with kale, spinach, cucumber, collards or spirulina for example, can all help alkalinize the body and reduces gas.
Pineapple: Pineapple naturally helps the body break down food making it easier to digest.
Fennel: Some cultures eat fennel seeds after eating a large meal to reduce inflammation of theirstomach and intestines and ensure proper absorption of nutrients.
Flaxseed: Flaxseeds not only prevents excessive gas, but they can also help fight constipation. Grounded flaxseeds in your shakes, yogurts, salad dressings is a simple way to work this into your diet.
Foods that work against you:
Beans: Beans can lead to gas if consumed in excess. Soaking your beans helps to improve digestibility. Just remove the foam after soaking them.
Cruciferous Vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts should always be cooked before consumption to avoid gas.
Processed Carbs: I love yellow cake – but processed carbs like these confuse our bodies. If you have gas, avoid carbs that have chemicals or harsh ingredients. Your digestive system sees them as a threat!
Dairy: Some people may be sensitive to lactose – if you are, avoid any milks, cheeses or yogurts if you’re suffering from excessive gas. Give up dairy for a week and see how you feel.
Onions: Onions and garlic, even though they are good for you, are high in sulfur that can cause gas.
Carbonated Drinks: The bubbly gas inside your drink should give it away – refined sugar is also hard for our digestive system to recognize let alone find nutrients.
Shakeology is the easiest way to aid in digestion and prevent those hellatious protein farts!
It uses whey protein isolate and plant based proteins, so no worries if your digestive system is irritated by lactose.
It contains pre- and probiotic/digestive enzymes: Yacon root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain, Papain. All these help to increase nutrient absorption, promote regularity, and improve digestion!
It contains a super-green/phytonutrient blend: Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass. All these help to alkalize the body and reduce gas!
Shakeology literally has everything that I need to promote a healthy digestive system and give me the best odds of keeping my gas at bay and staying married, lol. If I was not drinking Shakeology, I fear that my protein farts would have…ripped…Molly and I apart long ago, LOL
…aaaaaahhhhh crap, I couldnt help myself! And thanks Molly for bein a trooper!
So I recommend giving it a try! They have a full 30 day money back guarantee so you really have nothing to lose…except a few embarrassing stories about letting loose in public 🙂