You know that uncomfortable feeling when your tummy feels swollen and bloated. You may notice it happens after eating too quickly or having something you know doesn’t sit well with you… Maybe it happens after a certain meal, or perhaps it’s even become kind of normal.
That constant uncomfortable feeling and tightness around the waistband; self-consciousness from feeling like you must look 6 months pregnant or closely resemble Santa; skipping meals to avoid blowing up or not being able to “stomach” certain foods at certain times; sporting a classic muffin top and daydreaming about being able to slip back your comfy pants can really suck the joy out of your day. Especially when it starts to become more of a “norm”.
But did you know that it’s not just “normal”?
A bloated tummy can be caused by a number of factors, and usually a little combination of them, such as:
• Diet and reactive foods/drinks such as that toast or cereal you had for breakfast, the latte midmorning, or perhaps the wine at the end of the day
• Not chewing food properly
• Inadequate enzymes and gastric secretions
•Stress (a major culprit, going hand-in-hand with dietary causes) –and can be situational, everyday stuff or accumulative, and includes aspects like rushing around, feeling time poor, eating-on- the-run, and particularly mental or emotional upsets. Deadlines, places to be, something pressing or on your mind?
• Permeability of the gut wall (is it letting toxins leak into the bloodstream?) from certain foods (especially processed, sugary, wheat or dairy based foods), medications -including oral contraceptive pill, antibiotics and over the counter stuff like paracetamol, hayfever meds; alcohol; parasitic infections; chemotherapy; and stress.
Did you know…
The gut, digestive system, our thoughts and emotions are inextricably linked…This is via the nervous system which keeps them highly attuned to one another, which we know often at a more intuitive level which we articulate through the language we use when we refer to having a gut feeling; or having the guts to do something; getting the (insert appropriate proverbial that starts with ‘sh’ and ends with ‘s’) with someone or something; when something doesn’t “digest” or “go down” well; feeling sick in the guts or sick to the stomach about something…
So how healthy is your gut? Is there an imbalance of harmful (unhealthy and disease causing) bacteria (badies) vs beneficial bacteria (the good guys) in the gut, compromising its delicate ecosystem?
This can manifest with a number of digestive and non-digestive related symptoms, with bloating being high on the list…
If you experience regular bouts of bloating, it’s likely there is more to the story and probably not just “something you ate”.
But the good news is, you don’t have to put up with it and you can beat the bloat this Summer by following some simple principles and practices.
Left unchecked, an imbalance ofharmful bacteria (aka bacterial dysbiosis) can be responsible for a whole gamut of unfriendly symptoms, butcan lead to more serious conditions such asinflammation of the bowel and autoimmune activity.
Here is a common cluster of symptoms that often accompany bloating, and may be indicative of something more going on:
- Brain fog: impaired clarity of thought, poor concentration and memory –for example, with word recall or forgetting what you came into the room for or what you were going to do next…
- Mood disturbances such as depression and irritability
- Fatigue/Chronic fatigue
- Seemingly uncontrollable cravings for sweet, surgary foods (candida feeds on sugar)
- Poor immune function e.g. more susceptible to infections going around such as colds/flus
- Autoimmune activation as seen in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis…
- White coating on tongue
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive need to pass wind
- Sensation of food sitting in the stomach after eating
- IBS and Inflamed bowel
- Headaches & migraines
- Joint pain
- Poor stool quality
- Easily broken nails
- Itchy skin, ears, nose, throat, vagina, penis, “jock itch”,perianal region, feet(Althlete’s foot)
- Weight gain
- and last but certainly not least, Bloating!
If you'd like to get your digestion back on track and end the discomfort of bloating then come and see me, I'd love to help.
Shanna Choudhary, Live Well Naturopath
Shanna is a qualified Naturopath and EFT Practitioner, and member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).
Shanna's interest in natural medicine came about through her own health challenges. She has a special interest in helping people with natural fertility, hormone balance, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and general wellbeing.
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