My New Life With Beans

Did you ever sing the Bean “song” when you were a kid? You know… “Beans! Beans! Good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you FART!” OR “Beans! Beans! The magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you TOOT!”

Ham and Bean Soup with Spinach and Scallions

Beans are known for causing flatulance. According to a Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN who was quoted in an article on the “Eat This, Not That.” website “Beans make some people fart because they contain sugar molecules called oligosaccharides.” However, according to the article, some people don’t have enough alpha-galactosidase enzymes to break them down, which can cause gas and bloat.

I must be one of those people because I just couldn’t eat beans without terrible gas. TMI? Well, I am getting to the point. I tried everything…organic canned beans, then I started soaking and cooking my own beans, I used Espazote, I tried chewing more completely, etc. Nothing worked.

Then I tested my gut microbiome with a home test from Ixcela. Most of my metabolites were in a healthy, balanced range. However, two of my metabolites were out of balance. I was give some recommendations to bring these metabolites into balance. I made a few super easy adjustments to my lifestyle and diet and already I am noticing a difference in how I feel.

The biggest change… I can eat beans with ZERO repercussions, NONE!. No gas, no cramps…just pure enjoyment of baked beans, bean soup, etc. This is a game changer for me, because beans offer so many health benefits and nutrients that I really couldn’t enjoy before.

I have always believed in using health data to inform whenever possible. Studies are never 100% because people are not the same. It is important to figure out what YOUR body needs, not the statistically average “person”.

So I am now a believer AND a “Pro” for Ixcela. I highly recommend learning about the health of your gut and taking steps to helping it function at optimal state.

My clients can get a 10% discount on testing and subscriptions (optional). I will get a complete in-depth report on the results and then help my clients understand how to read the report and the recommendations, why certain recommendations were made, we can work on developing a plan to implement any changes that seem challenging, if there are any.

To order a test kit go to Ixcela and use my PRO code is MAEW33RR .

To learn more go to my Ixcela Page or contact me.

NOTE: Here is the recipe for the Ham and Bean soup? I used white beans instead of navy beans AND I added spinach and scallions before serving for brightness, color, and extra nutrients.

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