What are the reasons we are bloating

What are the reasons we are bloating
I see numerous clients suffering from digestive issues and the most common symptoms is bloating.
The functional approach looks to find out the cause of the issue and there may be many causes which I shall summarise below:

Your body can be reacting to foods you are consuming. The main culprits are gluten, dairy, eggs and soy. You can consume one food and react to it 7 days later so it’s very hard to isolate. Food intolerance testing is quite complex and I only usually recommend one company (Cyrex) as they test many proteins in gluten and also test food cooked and in its raw state.

low levels of stomach acid which can be caused by ageing, zinc deficiency, stress or other reason may present itself with digestive issues, poor wound healing and indigestion after meals. The use of Apple Cider Vinegar in a little water before meals can help this by helping to improve HCL levels and improve digestion.

Your pancreas may not be working as it should be to produce the enzymes to break down food. Poor bile flow can result in intolerance to fatty food and even gallstones. This can be caused by liver stress such as inflammation, environmental toxins, hormone imbalances.

This can be caused by low stomach acid, low levels of fibre in the diet or could be from Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.

Most diets are low in fibre but there are some IBS cases where fibre may be making the problem worse. Usually, this is when the gut is inflamed.

Most people have a degree of “dysbiosis” or basically not enough beneficial bacteria balance in the gut. It can present in digestive discomfort bit also can be seen with bad breath, a coated tongue, fatigue. Dysbiosis can be caused by poor diet, high sugar consumption, many rounds of antibiotics and even genetics can play a role.

This just wreaks havoc on your physiology.

Otherwise known as Intestinal Permeability which can result from any of the above, can cause food intolerances. It can also lead to non-digestive symptoms including links to brain health.

Andriana xx

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