Bloating: Why You? Read on to find out why this annoying beach ball keeps appearing in your belly and find out what you can do about it!
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Without further ado, below is the promised “why” of bloating. Why you? How does it happen?
Why You’re So Damn Bloated All The Time
Bloating and Inflammation
There are many different causes of bloating. Each person will have a unique combination of drivers contributing to the feeling of bloating, but what we do know is that the common denominator is always inflammation.
Inflammation is a response from our immune system that means something isn’t right.
Inflammation is created when something has caused a disruption to the balance of the body and can result in pain, loss of function, heat/burning.
There are many causes of disruption to the balance of the body that can result in bloating:
- Dysbiosis (imbalance of our healthy microbiota or “good bacteria”)
- Misalignment of the Spine
- Problems balancing
- Liver or gallbladder dysfunction or disease
- Autoimmune conditions
- Food Intolerances
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Other environmental toxins
- Nutrient deficiency
- Inflammatory diet
- Increased stress levels
- History of past infection (bacterial, viral, fungal)
- Presence of another chronic condition (including mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety)
- Structural dysfunction in the digestive tract such as ileocaecal reflux or surgical bowel resection
Take your pick from the above; there are plenty of possible explanations for why you feel the way you do and it’s highly likely that more than one thing in the list applies!
Bloating and Dysbiosis
For this post, I am going to focus on the hottest topic right now when it comes to gut health and bloating: Dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis refers to an imbalance in the microbiome; the incredible network of good bacteria in our digestive system. This good bacteria is crucial to the healthy function of our immune system and is integral to our ability to digest food.
Click Here for my Ultimate Guide To Dysbiosis that explains this more in-depth.
Balance and Imbalance
When our microbiome is in balance, we eat our food and it is broken down by the acid in our stomach. After this, it passes through the intestinal tract, where the good bacteria do their thing and break down our food even further so we can absorb the nutrients. The final part is the formation of the stool, which we pass every day.
When our microbiome is not in balance, we eat our food and it is broken down by the acid in our stomach. After this, it passes into the intestinal tract, and this is where the problems start! If we don’t have the correct bacteria present to break down our food, our food can’t pass through to the next part of the intestinal tract, or the next – our food stagnates.
How Stagnation Works
Stagnant food —-> gut bacteria unable to break down food —-> food ferments, which produces gas ——–> gas gets trapped inside the intestinal tract —-> BLOATING!
This is why maintaining a healthy microbiome is so important in the prevention of bloating – healthy, balanced bacteria naturally reduces the inflammation present in our digestive system. This means that our gut can get on with the job of digesting without swelling you up like a balloon!
Positive Changes You Can Make
There are many things that you can do to address dysbiosis, inflammation and bloating:
- Eating a diet with anti-inflammatory foods
- choosing anti-inflammatory foods makes our gut bugs happy
- Eating a diet without inflammatory foods such as refined sugar and trans fat
- deep-fried food and lollies, I’m looking at you!
- Avoiding the use of antibiotics unless strictly necessary
- ask your doctor if it’s possible to watch and wait, or if they can recommend something else before resorting to this. Keep in mind that Naturopathic Support can prevent you from needing antibiotics and can treat infections naturally!
What You Can Do To Reduce Bloating Today
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Nutritionist & Naturopath