Occasional bloating, flatulence, belching, and distention are all considered a normal part of digestive physiology, especially after eating. But when these symptoms become chronic and cause pain and/or disrupt your daily life, digging into the root of your symptoms is your best bet at resolving your GI disturbance.
10 reasons for bloating, flatulence, belching and distention
➜ Low enzyme output (pancreatic insufficiency)
➜ Low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria)
➜ Gut Infections (H. Pylori, Candida, and/or Parasites)
➜ Chronic constipation
➜ Gallbladder dysfunction (lack of bile flow)
➜ Chronic overeating
➜ Eating too often and not digesting between meals
➜ Stress - stress changes the microbiota, which can lead to dysbiosis and/or bacterial overgrowth
Nearly a third of the U.S. population experiences chronic bloating. Getting your GI distress under control should be your utmost importance. If you are not digesting well, you are not absorbing well. This can lead to a whole host of issues, such as anemia, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities and/or allergies, dysbiosis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, autoimmune conditions, thyroid issues, metabolic issues, osteopenia/osteoporosis. The list goes on and on; every cell in our body is made out of what you eat/digest. Make sure you’ve got this box checked off! And, if you need some help uncovering your issues, I’m here to help. I can often see signs of maldigestion and nutrient deficiencies in standard blood work. As a Functional Nutritionist I use functional ranges, which are tighter than the standard ranges. This helps prevent imbalances from becoming full blown issues. As a Functional Nutritionist, I am not looking to diagnose or treat, instead the goal is to bring the body back into balance and prevent, so we can look, feel, and perform to be our best self. I also often need to rely on diagnostic testing, such as with the GI Map and or food sensitivity testing with MRT. This also helps to tailor the plan to support the unique person that you are.