We’ve all been there at some point or other. Having to loosen up your belt after a big evening meal is not uncommon especially during holidays. But what if you feel bloated even when you haven’t overindulged. I’ve heard clients say that sometimes even drinking water makes them feel bloated.
So what are some reasons we feel bloated?
Imbalance in Gut Flora
Our microbiome or the variety of bacteria in our gut plays an important role in our digestion. If there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria or yeast/Candida, you can have unpleasant digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas and feeling of fullness even if you haven’t eaten much. To make matters worse, yeast tends to create more cravings for sugar and simple carbs, creating a further imbalance in the gut flora.
A lot of people have trouble digesting certain foods, most commonly dairy and gluten. You don’t have to have an outright allergy to these foods. However, if you are not able to digest them properly, they create more inflammation in the gut causing further discomfort and bloating.
Lack of Digestive Enzymes and Low Stomach Acid
If your digestion is impaired due to medication, age or any other condition, you may not be able to break the food down effectively. Not only will that make you feel bloated but also you won’t be getting the full benefit from the food you eat. Without effective digestive enzymes and stomach acid, the body is not able to extract and absorb all the nutrients it needs for optimal health.
Poor Food Combining
Many people who drink water and especially carbonated drinks during meals, will find that they tend to feel more bloated. Having fruit or dessert right after a meal can cause gas and bloating as it slows the digestion down and also feeds bad bacteria. Combining certain types of foods such as grains and meat, or beans and cheese stresses the digestive system and can leave you feeling bloated.
Eating too Fast
Eating too fast usually means you are not chewing your food enough. Did you know that digestion starts in the mouth? Chewing breaks the food down into smaller, easier to digest pieces. Also, digestive enzymes in the mouth start the digestive process. So before you gulp down your food, make sure you chew at least 32 times!
How to Avoid Feeling Bloated?
- Eat smaller meals
- Slow down when eating
- Chew your food
- Avoid foods to which you are sensitive
- Take digestive enzymes if needed
- Balance your gut flora
- Avoid drinking when eating
- Be mindful of proper food combining: click here
If you are unsure why exactly you feel bloated most of the time, our clinic offers tools to help you get to the root cause. Bioscan SRT (biofeedback device) can help you determine where the issue stems from. Avoid the guesswork and contact Better Living today to book your appointment for BioscanSRT.