Don’t ignore on-going bloating
Quite often clients come in with painful bloating in their abdomen.
For your long term health, it is really important to get this sorted as soon as possible because there may be consequences if you ignore it.
A bloated stomach/abdomen can be caused by a number of things where the whole area in the duodenum gets inflamed and congested.
· Gastritis – this is often present if there is soreness as well. There are 3 different types of Gastritis and the key to success is trying to find which one it is.
· Low stomach acid – as referred to in the section on stomach acid.
· An acidic diet
· Restricted bile flow from your liver/gall bladder
· A lack of enzymes
· A weak ileo caecal valve which allows bacteria from the large bowel to migrate to the small bowel. This is far more likely to happen if you have had an inflammatory bowel for some time.
· Food intolerances.
· A leaky gut
· High wheat/gluten diet
· Regular use of NSAIDs
· Regular use of antibiotics
So, bloating might be caused by any combination of these issues leading to something we call SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).
This is something I will always test for if severe bloating is one of the symptoms.
It is difficult to make progress in helping the body to restore balance whist SIBO exists. Quite often a certain type of bacteria known as ‘H pylori’ can be present making you more susceptible to acid reflux and possible peptic/gastric ulcers.
SIBO, along with regular use of antibiotics, low stomach acid, over consumption of gluten can contribute to a condition known as ‘Leaky Gut’ which I referred to earlier.
Any combination of the above issues causing bloating can contribute to this condition increasing your chances of a food intolerances and allergic reactions.
As it is now generally accepted that most disease starts in your gut, it makes sense to sort bloating symptoms early rather than wait until a serious chronic disease develops.