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It’s a Gas

August 11, 2014

 

7765900026Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a new study comes out and blows you away. Literally.

It seems that hydrogen sulfide, the noxious gas that gives farts their foul odor, has health benefits. Hydrogen sulfide is responsible for the part of the digestive process that breaks down gassy foods, and is expelled through flatulence.

Doctors are adding trace amounts of it to a new drug that is thought to reverse mitochondiral damage, thus strengthening cells and reducing blood pressure and pulse rate.

They are using it sparingly, as in large doses, hydrogen sulfide is poisonous. Not a surprise to those of us who have been on the receiving end of someone’s gas attack. Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase “silent but deadly,” doesn’t it?

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Hot Tips Tuesday: Bitters

June 18, 2013

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Flying can wreck havoc with your digestive system. Something about the pressurized cabin and not being very mobile for hours on end can cause a little pressure inside your own cabin, if you get my drift.

Why didn’t I know about this trick a few years ago, when my seatmate on an overnight transcontinental flight announced they probably shouldn’t have snacked on prunes before traveling? Just for the record, they were right!
Anyways, it’s never too late to know about a natural solution for a natural, yet unpleasant problem.

Bitters! Yes, that bartender’s ingredient of choice for making cocktails also relieves tummy issues. According to the Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, bitter foods stimulate the release of digestive enzymes.

A few drops taken on the tongue or in a glass of water should do the trick. Of course a Manhattan can do the trick as well!

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