Live a healthier lifestyle with science-based information and how-to advice delivered straight to your inbox. Please verify that you are human by clicking the “I am not a robot checkbox”. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. A: In my experience, most people adopting a higher-fiber plant-based diet seem to have improved bowel habits quite quickly with brief and mild, if any, digestive problems. Having improved bowel movements is probably quite a good reflection of improved health. But certainly not all people have such a smooth transition. The average American consumes about grams of fiber a day.
I get a lot of emails and questions about flatulence, or gas, when switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet. It is normal and doesn’t last forever. Anytime you make a change to your diet, your body needs time to adjust. This can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Since everyone is different, there is no set time that it takes to adjust to a new diet. When people make a change towards a plant based diet, they usually are eating more fiber and carbohydrates than before. Long process short, whatever food your body is not able to digest or absorb before it reaches the large intestine will produce gas as it is broken down in the large intestine. Your body will adjust to the change in diet, and you should be able to digest more foods before they reach the large intestine causing less gas, but it doesn’t happen overnight. There are also some foods, in general that will produce gas no matter how long you’ve eaten them. Beans are like this, as well as some vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, lentils, onions, ect. There are degrees to the gassiness of beans, for example black-eyed peas, black beans, chickpeas don’t produce as much gas as lentils, split peas or navy beans.
Additionally, take a daily probiotic supplement that contains acidophilus and Bifidus strains of bacteria. Snapchat icon A ghost. Swallowing air is increased when we eat more quickly. Instead, start small. The smaller intestine struggles to breakdown certain compounds, as such means the gas-producing intestinal bacteria is working harder. Make the physical motion of chewing before you swallow and it will help slow you down, giving the enzymes in your saliva a bit more contact with the food.