Getting older feels like the real-life version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Who’s this OLD PERSON who’s taken over??
It starts with not being able to keep dinner down where it belongs… and then you can no longer hold your pee.
Before you know it, you’re leaking GAS at both ends.
At that point, you can no longer hide it.
Because what people can’t see… they can SMELL.
If you’re SICK and TIRED of losing control… and “tooting” out the back door has gotten the best of you… today I’ve got a trick that comes out of the most ancient of kitchens.
A spice rack savior, in 4 ways
Any number of factors can make us pass gas more as time wears on.
Usually the culprit is what we’re eating… and a simple adjustment in diet can take care of this embarrassing issue.
Flatulence is a common side effect of many drugs that do a number on your gut, from antibiotics to NSAIDs, laxatives, and anti-diarrheals… but also some chemotherapydrugs.
If a bout of flatulence comes on suddenly, you should get checked out to make sure it’s not a sign of something more serious going on.
But if your gas is something that’s just been creeping up on you over the years, it’s time to take BACK control.
Although you may not know caraway by name, you’ve certainly tasted caraway before… perhaps in rye bread (the seeded kind, or “Jewish rye”) or even crackers.
Caraway (Carum carvi) is a close cousin of other herbal digestive aids like fennel and anise.
It’s known as Europe’s oldest condiment, dating back 5,000 years… though some evidence shows it was used as a food flavoring as early as the Stone Age.
and its medical use was documented by the earliest Persian scholars.
It’s a potent carminative therapy – it gets rid of gas and the passing of it– but it also calms down any cramping that’s come along for the ride.
Human trials have shown that when combined with peppermint oil, caraway can even relieve the distressing symptoms of IBS.
There are four main ways to get a therapeutic dose of caraway without the carb bomb of a loaf of rye bread:
- Eat caraway seeds whole and on their own – either just before or just after a meal. Be sure to chew them thoroughly to release their oils, where many of their active compounds can be found.
- Steep the seeds (whole or powdered) in a glass of hot water and drink it as a tea throughout the day.
- Swallow the steam-distilled essential oil as a tincture or in enteric-coated capsules.
- Take powdered caraway seed in capsule form.
Hundreds of thousands of years’ worth of cooks from the earliest development of modern man can’t be wrong.