Written by Rachel Arieff
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Flatulence is annoying and embarrassing, but it may also be a sign of larger problem. Some people experience bloating and gas all their lives, especially after meals. Sometimes this bloating affects the appetite so that the person never really feels hunger or satisfaction from eating. For some, bloating is so bad that they have to cut their meals short due to premature feelings of fullness. Then they make a trip to the bathroom immediately after, but can't pass anything.

Ironically, constipation often goes hand in hand with intestinal gas. Many people with excessive gas problems only have a few bowel movements a week, or less. This is way below the healthy norm, which should be around twice daily. People with gas and constipation also tend to suffer from constant fatigue. They also may be irritable, depressed, and have trouble concentrating.

What Flatulence Means

These are all signs that something is not right in the functioning of the large intestine, or colon. The most common cause of gas and constipation is a clogged and inefficient bowel. Sometimes the bowel becomes toxic from the waste matter that should pass, but instead becomes putrid, causing chronic gas. This rotten matter builds up and becomes compacted, adhering to the walls of the colon. This compacted matter interferes with proper absorption of nutrients. Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies can result.

Flatulence could also be a sign of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a disorder wherein gas pains occur, usually after eating, and result in flatulence and erratic bowel movements. Detoxifying the colon can get rid of many of these disorders, whose starting point is often a sick, compacted colon. Through a flush, an herbal potion, or an oxygen treatment, the hard, toxic coating lining the walls of the colon is scrubbed or melted away and passed out of the body through the stool. What's left is a clean, healthy, efficiently working colon--and freedom from gas and constipation.

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