Beat the bloat
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
You may have a food intolerance, or simply not eat enough fibre, water and functional digestive foods.
Is stress causing you to make bad food choices and crave foods that don’t agree?
Or are you so stressed that your digestion is churning and no matter what you eat, it seems to cause bloating and reflux?
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.
pathogen (parasite, bacteria or virus) compromised gut immunity and lead to bloating?
Commonly patients say they have always had bloating since contracting glandular fever, Bali belly, or other debilitating infections.
MEDICATIONS: Is bloating/nausea/reflux a common side effect of your medication?
If someone says to you they have digestive symptoms that are distressing, uncomfortable and even embarrassing, but everyone says nothing is wrong, get a naturopath to investigate, they might be able to help.
BY NATUROPATHS BELINDA MCPHERSON AND SOPHIE LORBACK (BHSCI. NATUROPATHY)