My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Hosea 4:6 NKJV
The verse above might be quite deep in relation to the rest of this post, but I just want you all to hold on to the first sentence.
If you’ve ever lived in a hostel because of school, you probably know how we students go provision shopping and always seek out the least expensive stuff to get (except for people like Bola who have plenty money 😒).
That was my case when I bought my provs this semester. For some reason, powdered milk is now super expensive. Even Cowbell that used to be for the masses is now expensive 😖😖 (where is the love?).
Well, I bought this milk brand (not Cowbell) at a fairly reasonable price, bought the rest of my provs and walked back to my hostel.
Thankfully, with the way my PG classes are structured, I have time each morning to eat breakfast before I leave for classes, and if you know me, you probably know I never miss out on an opportunity to eat 😀.
Well, I took my breakfast having very p, and plowed through my first box of Kelloggs Cornflakes.
My classes were lit, and Ihuoma was paying attention 💪💪
A couple of days later, I start having terrible gas. By gas, I do not mean flatulence, I mean the whole rumbling-in-my-tummy type of gas.
At the first week of every month, my church has a program called ‘Spiritual Week of Emphasis’. We fast during the day and meet in the evenings to pray 😃. The funniest part of this matter was that when I fasted, I never had the whole gas issue. So my Nigerian film mind started to think it was the village people doing things to me 😂.
I remember seating beside a guy during a program and my tummy just wouldn’t behave 😂. It’s funny now, but it wasn’t funny then. I’m so sure he couldn’t wait to get away from me 😂😂.
Back to the matter…
I ‘suffered’ this gas issue for almost a month until I saw the light. We started a topic ‘Adsorption of Sugars’ under one of my courses.
See ehn, when people advice you to pay attention in class, please do so!
The topic had lots of Biochemistry in it, and call it laziness, but I tend to shut down whenever anything Biochem comes up. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit came through and I had perfect understanding of the topic being thought.
I realized that it was the lactose (milk sugar) in my milk that was causing the gas (not my village people, or my haters). As we get older, the amount of lactase enzyme we produce (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) reduces, therefore, it becomes more difficult for your body to break down and utilize lactose. Ultimately, lactose is moved to the small intestine where it is fermented by microorganisms and voila, you get gas and flatulence!
I cannot accurately describe the joy I felt at learning this piece of information. I was elated, happy, joyful, glad, and any other synonym you can use to describe happiness. I had been set free! I could see the light!. I didn’t need to fast or kabash anymore just because my tummy wouldn’t stop embarrassing me.
I guess my prayers weren’t in vain, ey? 🙌
With the new piece of information I had, I found a substitute for cereal every morning. I would take cereal about once or twice a week, and thankfully, the gas
reduced drastically stopped.
I still don’t know if it’s the brand of powdered milk I got, or if my supply of lactase just went down suddenly, but now I know better and can educate others.
If I hadn’t been open to learn, I probably would’ve been pumped full of antibiotics (as usual), or some other drug, and my liver would’ve had to pay for it, but thank God for knowledge.
Have a lovely day 🍇