Beat the bloat

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Regional Extra -

WHO does not have IBS these days?

If you are free of bloat­ing, wind and di­ges­tive dis­com­fort con­sider your­self part of the lucky mi­nor­ity.

Let’s dis­sect this prob­lem, be­cause it seems these days our bow­els have a lot to be grumpy and ir­ri­ta­ble about.

When it comes to gut symp­toms, natur­opaths are al­ways think­ing: Why is this per­son’s di­ges­tion com­pro­mised?

What is ef­fect­ing elim­i­na­tion, as­sim­i­la­tion and ab­sorp­tion?

And what is the to­tal col­lat­eral dam­age here?

The more ar­eas in­volved, the longer it takes for heal­ing to oc­cur.

If you suf­fer di­ges­tive symp­toms that are dis­tress­ing, un­com­fort­able and even em­bar­rass­ing you should con­sider if the fol­low­ing ap­ply to you:

Food from a natur­o­pathic view is in­ter­est­ing. Many pa­tients

come in and say ‘I’m not coeliac but I know I bloat af­ter eat­ing bread’. We would then in­ves­ti­gate if wheat, gluten or yeast are the cause, or if you are sim­ply eat­ing too much bread and there­fore miss­ing out on other di­ges­tive foods. You may have a food

in­tol­er­ance, or sim­ply not

Food:

CRUMBS: Even if you are not coeliac, you can in­ves­ti­gate with your natur­opath if bread is af­fect­ing your di­ges­tion and mak­ing you bloat. eat enough fi­bre, wa­ter and or virus) com­pro­mised func­tional di­ges­tive foods. gut im­mu­nity and lead

Is stress caus­ing to bloat­ing? Com­monly you to make bad food pa­tients say “I have al­ways choices and crave foods had bloat­ing since I suf­fered that don’t agree? Or are from glan­du­lar fever, Bali you so stressed that your belly, or other de­bil­i­tat­ing di­ges­tion is churn­ing and in­fec­tions.” no mat­ter what you eat seems to cause bloat­ing and re­flux?

Stress: Hor­mones:

Do your symp­toms flare up with

PMS, or are they part of an un­der­ly­ing di­ag­no­sis like PCOS and en­dometrio­sis? Work­ing with food and

hor­mones can help a lot of di­ges­tive symp­toms.

Has a pathogen (par­a­site, bac­te­ria

In­fec­tion: Med­i­ca­tions:

Is bloat­ing/nau­sea/re­flux a com­mon side ef­fect of your med­i­ca­tion?

If some­one says to you “I have di­ges­tive symp­toms that are dis­tress­ing, un­com­fort­able and even em­bar­rass­ing, but ev­ery­one says noth­ing is wrong “, get a natur­opath to in­ves­ti­gate, we might be able to help.

BY NORTH EAST NAT­U­RAL HEALTH CEN­TRE’S NATUR­OPATHS SO­PHIE LORBACK AND BELINDA MCPHER­SON (BHSCI. NATUR­OPA­THY)

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