Health Conditions : Bloating & Digestion

Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight and it may be caused by intestinal gas. This can go hand in hand with flatulence and burping. This gas may be produced by the bacteria in the digestive tract. Bacteria generate gas from food that is eaten but is not been properly digested and absorbed.

Bloating relates to a number of possible digestive imbalances.

If you experience bloating, pain or wind then this could to be a sign that there may be one of several digestive factors out of balance. The underlying causes of this are numerous and include: low stomach acid, low digestive enzymes, stress, food intolerances, poor gut motility and gut dysbiosis.

A stool test can help determine the cause of your bloating as may food intolerance testing.


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Low Stomach Acid

Symptoms of low stomach acid include burping when eating and feeling very full after eating very little. With low stomach acid you can find it difficult to digest things like eggs, fish and meat, as only partial digestion has occurred leading to digestive irritation, inflammation and putrefaction which causes pain and bloating.



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Low Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are produced by the cells that line your stomach and small intestine and by your pancreas. These enzymes work on all food groups – protein, fats and carbohydrates. Factors such as stress and intestinal inflammation caused by infection or food intolerances result in lower levels of digestive enzymes being produced. The consequences of this are just the same as those for low stomach acid but include undigested particles of carbohydrates and fats as well as proteins entering the lower bowel. Again irritation, inflammation and fermentation occur and the scene is set for further pain and bloating.


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Food Intolerances

Food intolerances are quite different to food allergies. Symptoms of a food allergy are very severe and happen almost immediately after eating any amount – even a tiny trace amount of your allergenic food. Food intolerances display a much more subtle response and symptoms can develop over a 48 hour period. It is common to develop intolerances to the foods you love the most and eat on a daily or regular basis.

Digestive Symptoms typical of food intolerance include bloating. Loose stool, as well as symptoms outside of the digestive tract including runny nose, dark circles under the eyes .In the long term food intolerances can cause a condition called leaky gut where tiny holes appear along the intestinal tract due to inflammation. These holes allow undigested food particles and toxins to cross the intestine into the blood stream which creates a high level of body toxicity.



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