Gas, Bloating and Belching, oh my!
A little gas is normal but rearranging your schedule around your “problem” and avoiding crowded elevators is another matter.
Experiencing these issues after eating is a sign . . . and this article will help you look for the root cause.
Get to the bottom of the issue so you can stop covering up the warning light with a band aid.
You have already thought about all the foods that may be the culprit like beans, cabbage, onions, broccoli, and dried fruit, yet still the problem persists. Here are a few simple things to consider that might help.
1. Eat a whole food REAL FOOD diet
Focusing on fresh vegetables, fruit, animal protein, fish, seeds, and nuts. Include healthy fat (organic butter, raw coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil). Reduce or eliminate sugar, processed food and processed carbs (like bagels, bread, crackers, pasta, baked goods), carbonated drinks, chewing gum and sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, erythritol).
2. Rebalance your good bacteria
and take a probiotic supplement, Life 9. Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in us. There is a balance between helpful and harmful bacteria and an imbalance is called dysbiosis.
This is such an important topic that I will provide more information below.
Life 9™ is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for overall support of a healthy immune system.*
Add fermented foods like raw sauerkraut and cultured dairy.
3. Chew your food properly and don’t drink beverages with meals!
When we hurry through a meal we tend to take a few bites and swallow before we have really chewed the food well. Remember that your stomach does not have teeth and simply chewing your food until it is unidentifiable could help reduce gas.
Drinking liquids with meals can dilute stomach acid. Sip a small amount of water if necessary, but keep it to 4 ounces or less.
4. Prior to meals drink 1 Tbs Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in a glass of water.
Not only will this help your digestion but it has a few fringe benefits like helping with weight loss, lowering LDL cholesterol, feeding your good bacteria and reducing cravings.
5. Rule out food intolerances.
Get Better Wellness provides a practical and simple method to identify foods that might be contributing to chronic health problems including excessive gas and other digestive issues.
One experiment you can try on your own is to completely eliminate processed food, dairy and grains for three weeks. Gluten is a type of protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley and rye. Since gluten and dairy hide in many processed foods under names you might not recognize, it is a good idea to avoid processed food.
6. Try supplementing with digestive enzymes at meals.
A product like EssentialZyme is a great way to add enzymes to each meal to aid digestion.
7. Try eliminating beans, alcohol, coffee and fruit for a period of time.
8. Avoid soy and processed foods containing soy.
Soy didn’t get the name “the king of musical fruit” for no reason! The exception to this suggestion is fermented soy like tamari, miso, tempeh and natto.
9. Fix Your Low Stomach Acid (hypochlorhydria)
Low stomach acid encourages bad bacteria to grow. God gave us stomach acid for a purpose – to digest our food, especially meat. We obtain minerals from our protein foods, if you can break them down and absorb them.
Taking Tums or other medication to lower stomach acid can lead to chronic digestive problems.
50% of people over age 60 have low stomach acid and may need to supplement with Betaine HCl.
10. You may need to supplement with Betaine HCl.
As we age our stomach acid goes down. 110 million prescriptions are written each year for acid blocking drugs. This is not getting at the root cause which is often too LITTLE stomach acid getting in the wrong place (esophagus). If you have an autoimmune condition, like Hashimotos, your stomach acid is often too low.
If your stomach acid is too low (because of aging, eating the Standard American Diet of high processed foods, and taking acid-lowering drugs, h Pylori overgrowth) you are likely to have several problems result:
- Unable to digest protein foods (When you eat meat, do you feel bloated and like the food is sitting like a rock? Do you experience gas, belching, bloating, pain after meals?)
- Mineral deficiencies (low iron, magnesium, zinc, copper)
- Acidic body (since you can’t absorb minerals and digest protein)
- Rectal itching
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Autoimmune conditions
- The pancreas may not be stimulated to release digestive enzymes and bile which are supposed to help digest food.
- Your first line of defense against invading bacteria and bad microorganisms is not working. The acidic condition of the stomach is supposed to kill these bad bugs. If your stomach acid is too low, you will get sick more often, experience more food poisoning, have gut dysbiosis
- Gut dysbiosis can lead to leaky gut, food intolerances, autoimmune conditions, IBS, IBD, asthma, celiac, reflux, heartburn, burping, bloating…. hey isn’t that where we started this conversation?
11. Other Helpers that I recommend
- Esophageal Guardian: Supports Gastro-Esophageal Health
Unique approach to protecting esophageal tissue against harsh stomach acids*Why are probiotics so important?
- GI Revive: Contains Glutamine, Deglycyrrhizinized licorice (DGL) and Aloe
These 3 ingredients are designed to support the integrity and healthy function of the gastrointestinal lining .
More Factors that shift the balance between good and bad bacteria
- Antibiotics kill bacteria, both good and bad bacteria. Taking even one round of antibiotics can disturb the balance allowing harmful bacteria and yeast to flourish in the digestive system.
- Yeast overgrowth can occur anywhere in the body leading to fungal infections including thrush, athlete’s foot, diaper rash, jock itch, vaginitis, nail infections and ringworm.
- Stress – Increases cortisol, which in turn increases glucose (test your cortisol here)
- Poor diet – Eating the typical American diet fosters the growth of bad bacteria in the gut. Eating a whole food diet is essential to re-establishing a healthy bacterial population. Limit or avoid processed foods, most fast food, soft drinks and sugar.
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Environmental pollutants harm beneficial bacteria. Synthetic chemicals are found in our food, water and environment and include chlorine in tap water, cleaning products, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental fillings. (Here is the line of oral care products I use)
- Infections from parasites, yeast or harmful bacteria
- Prescribed and over-the-counter medications including steroids, birth control pills, antacids, chemotherapy, aspirin, Tylenol and other NSAIDs disrupt the good bacteria.
Taking Acid-Lowering Medication?
- Try a real food diet (gluten-free, dairy-free, processed-food free)
- add EssentialZyme or EssentialZyme-4 digestive enzymes, take with meals
- 1 Probiotic per day
- wean off your meds using Esophageal Guardian.
Gas and bloating do not have to run your life.
Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici, / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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