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Digestive Bloating

Banish digestive bloating for good - with Sally Broadhurst, Naturopath

digestive_bloating_naturopath_brisbaneBloating is an extremely common and uncomfortable feeling that many people experience after eating. Whether it occurs occasionally, after eating certain foods or on a daily basis; it can cause varying degrees of abdominal discomfort and can often make you feel self-conscious as your stomach swells – “I feel 6 months pregnant by the end of the day” is one of the most common remarks heard during Naturopathic consultation when talking about bloating.

Many people think that this must be a normal reaction to food or eating and just put up with it, but bloating is a sign that something is out of balance with your digestive function.

A Naturopath can be helpful by assisting you to discover the cause of your bloating and by finding out the cause, they can individually treat with herbal and nutritional medicine to restore your digestive function and banish your bloating for good.

Common causes of digestive bloating :

  • Low stomach acid production
  • Food intolerances
  • Stress
  • Fermentation of food in the digestive tract
  • Excessive gas production
  • Overeating
  • Rich foods
  • Eating too quickly
  • Imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract
  • Digestive parasites - detectable with functional stool testing
  • Digestive disorders like IBS, Coeliac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

Your stomach produces a special acid to break down the food that enters it. If the food you are eating enters the stomach too quickly, isn’t chewed properly or the stomach isn’t producing enough acid, then this can contribute to bloating after meals. Underlying causes like bacterial infections, stress and the types of food you eat can all be factors that can influence how well our digestive function is or isn’t working. Stress can affect your body’s ability to produce stomach acid and break down food properly, which can lead to stomach discomfort and swelling. Conditions such as Coeliac and IBS often have bloating as a symptom, so it is important to figure out the exact cause in each case, in order to determine the most effective treatment approach.

Natural ways to assist bloating and support digestive function:

ZINC and VITAMIN B6

Zinc and Vitamin B6 are essential nutrients required for the production of stomach acid. By ensuring adequate intake of these vitamins and minerals, you can make sure your body is getting everything it needs to produce healthy levels of hydrochloric acid. Whole foods are a great way to get your daily intake of healing nutrients. Try salmon, eggs, legumes and walnuts for Vitamin B6 and pumpkin seeds, whole grains, cashews, eggs and oysters for Zinc. A Naturopath can offer blood tests for zinc and b6 levels to see if supplementation would be helpful for you.

 

PROBIOTICS

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and contribute to many positive health effects like keeping inflammation at bay, protecting our bodies from invading baddies and helping to keep our bowels regular. Including fermented foods regularly in your diet is a great way to promote healthy levels of good bacteria. Fermented foods include kefir, sauerkraut and yoghurt. For conditions such as IBS, strain-specific probiotic supplements can often be helpful in supporting digestive health. A Naturopath can use functional testing to discover your current levels of healthy gut bacteria and design an individualised treatment plan to restore optimal digestive function.

 

SLOWING DOWN

Eating mindfully is an excellent way to promote good digestive function. By being aware during your meals (not distracted by your computer, phone or TV), concentrating on chewing properly and eating slowly you can eliminate the chances of developing stress or rushing-related bloating or abdominal discomfort. One great tip is to take 3-5 deep breaths in and out before beginning your meal. This helps to signal to the “rest and digest” part of your nervous system, to calm the body down and turn digestive function on.

 

FUNCTIONAL TESTING

Here at Vibe we have a range of functional testing options to thoroughly explore the nature and cause of your digestive complaints if initial recommendations don’t help you. Thorough Naturopathic case taking will be able to determine the best, most specific testing options for you and your current health complaints to ensure the most accurate treatment is applied to help eliminate your bloating and improve your digestive wellness. Testing options can include (but are not limited to) food intolerance testing, stool analysis, leaky gut and liver function profiles.

So if you're fed up with your bloating and would like to seek help, contact us today. It's important if bloating has been persistent to seek advice from a doctor, we have in house Doctors at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane who can assess medical causes of bloating. We often see clients who have been to their GP or Gastroenterologist, had scans or colonoscopies and told everything is fine, you may just have IBS. It's good news to know there's nothing major wrong, but you still need help reducing your bloating on a daily basis. This is where Naturopaths can help you identify the functional causes and help you banish your bloating.

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