This is the most common thing I am asked about – bloating and what to do about it. In an earlier post I gave you some of the reasons for bloating click here to read this information.
When we end up with excessive gas and bloating this is usually due to imbalances in our friendly bacteria and / or problems digesting certain foods. When the foods are not broken down and digested properly this leads to issues with inflammation, leaky gut and fermentation of the food and leads to gas and bloating. The solution that most people are given are usually “have more fibre” or “take probiotics” done in the correct way with guidance these both can be helpful strategies, but they can sometimes temporarily make things worse.
Taking a good quality pro and pre biotic is essential to restore the good bacteria but this needs to be introduced and increased slowly and the right strains of bacteria must be included in the supplements – this is something I can’t stress enough – I have taken probiotics in the wrong doses and not realising they had additives and fillers that were making my bloating worse rather than helping me. I will include details of the products I use at the end.
Bloating puts pressure on the stomach and can contribute to the development of a hiatal hernia. When bloating is frequent the ileocecal valve can become swollen and inflamed and instead of remaining closed it remains open. The purpose of this valve, is to prevent the backwards flow of waste from your large intestine into the small intestine and should be closed except for when waste needs to be disposed of from the small to the large intestine.
When dealing with any health issue, it is always important to get to the root of the problem, in order to reduce the symptoms or solve the problem. If you only address the symptoms and do not get to the root of the problem then you are simply “sticking a plaster on” and hoping for the best. In order to get to the root of the problem two things are required:
You need to have an open mind and
You need to be a detective,
Below I have outlined the basic protocols and strategies recommend by most health professionals and these are the ones we use at Kerry’s Natural Health Solutions.
In order to get at the root of the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome, to reduce the inflammation and restore the health of your gut wall, the first step you need to take is to remove the problem foods and then repair the gut wall with the right nutrients and restore the good bacteria.
The most common offenders are Gluten, dairy, and soy, but you might be surprised to learn even healthy foods like nuts, eggs, and the nightshade family of vegetables can also create food sensitivities. When you eat these foods frequently, they remain in your system, slip through your gut wall, and trigger inflammation and the symptoms we discussed before. Depending on how severely these foods affect you, it is best to completely eliminate them but you can test by rotating them if they don’t affect you too severely – this is done for a period of time usually 3 – 12 weeks, and then you reintroduce them to your diet.
It is best to keep a food journal and be aware the gluten, eggs and soy hide in a number of places – gluten is in many processed foods, meats and can be in places you would least expect such as mustard and tomato sauce. Eggs will be in most baked goods and in most salad dressings. Soy can also hide in may places and soy products are becoming popular alternatives to dairy but this is not always you best option.
It is important to heal the gut wall so that proteins can’t slip through and wreak havoc. Curcumin, ginger and aloe are among the nutrients that help repair leaky gut syndrome. Other nutrients include
Ginger : a powerful anti-inflammatory that benefits in reducing gut inflammation
Digestive enzymes : enzymes help your food break down efficiently so it doesn’t irritate the gut lining , they also help to remove pathogens, toxins, and other harmful substances that can harm the gut wall and trigger inflammation.
Probiotics : help reduce inflammation, repopulate beneficial bacteria, and strengthen your gut wall.
I have included links to the products that we recommend at Kerry’s Natural Health Solutions. As I mentioned it is vital to take great quality supplements that are food based and manufactured to the highest pharmaceutical grade standard and that is why we use and recommend the products below:
Probiotics : click here – a unique high potency formula of natural live bacteria
Digestive Enzymes : click here – a full spectrum enzyme supplement (from plant sources) that helps break down food in your stomach, making it easier to digest
Aloe Vera Juice : click here – In Ayurveda, Aloe Vera has many years of traditional use as a carrier to deliver other nutrients directly to where they’re needed
If you’re new to the idea of taking supplements, take our quick and easy on-line Lifestyle Quiz (click here)– with instant results, it will help you to decide which Products are right for you