Digestive discomfort and bloating are very common and affects about 30% of the population on a regular basis, from symptoms of gas to more severe bouts of irritable bowl syndrome, stomach distention and pain.
The most common reason for bloating is excess gas in your gut. This can be caused by food and drinks, swallowing air when you eat, or it can be a problem with your microbiome, digestive enzymes or lack of fibre and dehydration.
Constipation and diarrhea are obvious symptoms of digestive distress. Constipation can contribute to the recirculation of toxins due to the bowel not expelling waste, where diarrhea can lead to a nutrient deficiency due to an overstimulated digestion.
The nervous system and stress can have a huge impact on all sorts of digestive dysfunction because our digestive system won’t function efficiently or even at all when stress hormones are causing inflammation. The body’s priority is to address the stress, so digestion is shut down and this can lead to frustrating weight gain and poor mental health.
Addressing the underlying cause of bloating may include making changes to your diet and increasing fibre in the form of fruits and vegetables, eliminating fried, fatty, takeaway food, reducing alcohol and sugar intake, as well as managing your stress. Our gut and brain are intrinsically connected which explains why our mood is affected by what we eat and drink.
When our elimination pathways are working effectively, we feel lighter, more energetic, have a positive outlook on life and a better sense of wellbeing.