One recurring health problem I have had is my digestion, or more specifically, excess flatulence. However, recently I found that by increasing the amount of raw green leafy vegetables I ate I was able to dramatically reduce this problem.

To back track slightly:

For the last couple of years, I have been a big fan of making fruit and vegetable smoothies. I’ll write more on this in another post, but basically in involves using a juice extractor to extract loads of juice from a variety of fruit and vegetables (e.g. apples, pears, carrots, pineapple, spinach, celery). I then tip this big load of juice into a blender and mix it with other things (e.g. avocado, soya yoghurt, seeds, blueberries). This adds fibre, good fats and protein.

The end result is a super-healthy green smoothie that (usually) tastes great, is lovely and thick, very filling, and keeps me going for a while. This is because the addition of the fibre (from the blueberries), the good fats (from the avocado and seeds) and the protein (from the yoghurt and seeds) slows down the rate at which it is digested. It’s then a full meal in a glass. Basically it is cold, sweet soup, but much better for you because it’s all fresh and raw.

Anyway, the bottom line is, I often have no digestive problems when all I’ve had is this kind of smoothie. This is partly because it is all blended up, so my digestive system doesn’t need to break it down into small bits. However, I believe it is also due to the live enzymes in the raw vegetables, which help with the digestive process. This definitely seems to be the case, because I find my digestion isn’t quite so well-behaved if I miss out on the green leafy vegetables from the smoothie recipe.

Now, back on track to the original purpose of this article:

I don’t just live on these smoothies though. I eat solid food too. However, I often find that eating solid food can give me flatulence. Not always, but often it can. However, recently I found that if I include big handfuls of raw green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, lettuce, watercress, rocket) along with my cooked food, my flatulence is dramatically reduced, sometimes even eliminated altogether. I also feel great when I eat loads of raw leafy vegetables.

A simple case in point:

Often, if I eat a bunch of oatcakes, they will give me a certain amount of flatulence. However, I have found that if I eat them with a big salad, I don’t tend to get this problem.

Actually, if you want a basic recipe, try this:

To make it:

  1. Fill almost an entire full-sized dinner plate with a load of the salad leaves.
  2. Put the red pepper oatcakes on the side.
  3. Next to that put a huge dollop of the pate.
  4. Put a generous dollop of the mayo over the salad.

That’s it really. I just wanted to share that. I have no video for you today. I have no hard scientific data to back any of this up either. This is just my personal experience.

Anyway, wishing you the best of health, whoever you are.

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