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Belly Check: Your belly shows how you eat

Before you can heal your gut with a new eating style, indulge yourself with a quick look at your belly.

With a little training, it’s easy to recognize a stressed belly.

An experienced physician can tell just from the shape of the belly alone what kind of problems a patient has.

Flatulence? Acid reflux? Diarrhea? A sluggish colon? Even heart discomfort and back pain?

It can actually be “read” from the shape of the belly.


Klaus Heid, Essen für Schlaue
The drawing at above shows a healthy belly; with the following figures one can see how a gas belly develops into full rotundity. Underlying it is the process of fermentation, which bloats the intestinal loops.

The fermenting gases rise, the belly initially curves mainly above the navel, until, in the advanced stages, it bloats to become a tightly filled drum. The upper abdomen pushes towards the diaphragm and the heart, and this can induce heart pain, even in a healthy heart.

This is known as Roemheld syndrome after the German internist Ludwig von Roemheld (1871-1938), who was the first to describe this clinical portrait.


Klaus Heid, Essen für Schlaue
The first three drawings above depict chronic constipation. Here, the lower belly curves forward. Decay is active here. But what’s decaying? Above all, it’s the protein-containing contents of the large intestine that have stayed too long in a sluggish colon. Researchers have given the unpleasant name of “pentamethylenediamine” to the toxins related to decay that arise from this, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. In the two right-hand drawings above, you can see the belly that is affected by both gas and the presence of excess stool, where both the upper and lower parts of the abdomen are swollen.

What is noticeable in all of these shapes, with the exception of the first, healthy one, is the altered posture. The spinal column and the musculoskeletal system are actually affected when the belly loses its shape. Anatomically, the large intestine is attached to the back of the abdominal wall, and can pull and tear. Whoever has belly problems also has back pains!

You can simulate fermentation and decay in the belly by putting fruit and meat (or fish) in a plastic bag, closing it, and leaving it for a few hours in full sun. Our body temperature is approximately 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 F), a really hot summer’s day. The contents of the bag will ferment and begin to decay quickly, and if it’s left too long in the sun, well, it’s better that you don’t open the bag!

Those who have problems with gas and with chronic constipation have one thing in common: their style of eating is a stressed one.