Oct 18, 2012 by NATASHA LONGO
The Number One Cause Of a Bloating Belly
Natural Remedies For Bloating
The number one cause of a bloating belly is not flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome or gastrointestinal stress as claimed by many doctors. These are only symptoms, not causes. If you would like to address factors that affect a bloating belly, look no further than food intolerance.
The first step in figuring out the cause of abdominal bloating is determining whether it's associated with eating or drinking, or both.
Our digestive system simply cannot process everything, and you know best on your own limitations. Not respecting this, and ingesting ingredients that are harmful to you, will inevitably result in undigested food fermenting in the intestines, where bacteria feeds on it, producing yet more gas.
Many people consume dairy their entire lives without realizing that have low grade intolerance. Many of us lack enzymes (lactase) that break down dairy. Rather than try to use supplements and enzymes to facilitate digestion, it is better to find alternatives and avoid dairy products altogether if you are intolerant. Try a week without dairy and see what the results are. You'll notice the difference in just three or four days if you are intolerant to dairy.
Lactose intolerance generally develops in individuals as they age. People tend to become lactose intolerant around their teenage years, or during adulthood (ages 30 to 40). Generally, lactose intolerance most commonly runs in families and is related to specific genes.
Lactose intolerance can also be brought on by infections, chemotherapy, penicillin reactions, surgery, pregnancy. Additionally, specific ethnicities are more likely to suffer from lactose intolerance than others. Over generations, these ethnic groups don’t pass on the enzyme to break down dairy because they aren’t consuming dairy. The most common cause of lactase deficiency is a decrease in the amount of lactase that occurs after childhood and persists into adulthood, referred to as adult-type hypolactasia. This decrease in lactase is genetically programmed, and the prevalence of this type of lactase deficiency in different ethnic groups is highly variable.
So we might ask ourselves, when did we start consuming the milk of animals in the first place?
There are more health risks associated with the consumption of wheat than there are nutritional benefits claimed by the wheat industry. Many are asking why there continues to be such a strong emphasis on the development of wheat products all over the world when there are so many adverse and crippling effects such as neurological impairment, dementia, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis and visceral fat accumulation, not to mention the full range of intolerances and bloating now experienced by millions of people?
A powerful little chemical in wheat known as 'wheat germ agglutinin' (WGA) which is largely responsible for many of wheat's pervasive, and difficult to diagnose, ill effects. Researchers are now discovering that WGA in modern wheat is very different from ancient strains. Not only does WGA throw a monkey wrench into our assumptions about the primary causes of wheat intolerance, but due to the fact that WGA is found in highest concentrations in "whole wheat," including its supposedly superior sprouted form, it also pulls the rug out from under one of the health food industry's favorite poster children.
Each grain of wheat contains about one microgram of Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA). Even in small quantities, WGA can have profoundly adverse effects. It may be pro-inflammatory, immunotoxic, cardiotoxic ... and neurotoxic.
You are the solution
There is no such thing as a minor reaction to food. If you are reacting to the food you are eating, there is a problem that you need to address. Whether it be excessive gas, bloating, energy drain, diarrhea, constipation, or simply feeling too cold or hot after a meal, they're issues that could be related to your diet and you shouldn't ignore them despite how you interpret their severity.
People go through their whole lives not understanding that they have an intolerance or allergy to wheat and gluten. They feel bloated and gassy their whole lives and think it's normal. This is more common than the medical community is even aware of (or ever admit they're aware of).
If you have a food intolerance, don't ignore it. Change your dietary regimen and stop eating foods that are making you uncomfortable. If you don't know exactly which foods are causing the problem--experiment. Avoid foods for at least week, create a food journal and write down how you feel before, during and after consumption. Then reintroduce the eliminated foods to see if there is indeed a correlation.
- Ginger tea
- Peppermint tea
- Clove oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Boiled water with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (sweetened with honey, if desired)
- Probiotics: Acidophilus and Bifidus
- Detox Bath: The daily routine of the Detox Bath activates bowel movement, easing blockages due to waste accumulation in the intestines. These accumulations are represent a breeding ground for bacteria causing gas and bloating etc. A 10-minute Detox Bath can instantly relieve bloating by naturally encouring the release of gas from the abdomen.
You simply cannot be healthy and energetic when your digestive system and elimination process are malfunctioning. Fortunately, bloating is not a symptom that needs to be permanent and following the simple tips above will help boost your digestive health and drastically reduce bloating in your daily life.
Natasha Longo has a master's degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.