It's time to talk about something we've all experienced but no one wants to admit. It's the stinky elephant in the room, you could say.
I'm referring to one of the most unpleasant side effects of switching to a whole food plant-based diet. This side effect is known as flatulence and it is a common sign that your gut is adjusting to this new, better way of eating.
So, what causes this phenomenon?
When you switch to a whole food plant-based diet, you're dramatically increasing the amount of fiber you're consuming. Fiber is essential for gut health, but it can also cause gas and bloating when your body is not used to it. This is because your gut bacteria feed off of fiber and they produce gas as a byproduct.
The good news is that this side effect is only temporary. As your gut gets used to the new influx of fiber, the gas and bloating will subside. Over time, many people report feeling lighter and less bloated after making the switch to a plant-based diet.
There are many benefits to eating a diet high in fiber, even beyond the relief of gas and bloating. Fiber has been shown to help prevent colon cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer. This is likely because fiber helps to keep our digestive system clean and healthy.
If you want to learn more about fiber and how it can benefit your health, check out our blog page for more information and our Youtube channel for exclusive insight from The Plant-Based Dietitian, Julieanna Hever.
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