You know that feeling, you eat something and instantly you’re bloated. Your pants become tight and you want to undo the button and massage your stomach. To make the situation worse you could be experiencing embarrassing flatulence, and the bloated feeling may be felt all the way up to underneath your ribs! You feel so full, and it’s very uncomfortable. Sometimes you haven’t even eaten, but just had a drink.
What is going on?
Occasionally you may have an urgent need to visit the toilet.
Your digestive system is a long and winding tube, mouth to anus. It consists of different sections, all doing different jobs. But predominantly a long tube. When one part of this tube is damaged through the food we eat, unwanted bacteria or fungus, a lack of healthy bacteria or a build up of toxins, it can cause inflammation and retain fluid, and effect other parts of your digestive tube. Your bowel motions can be either hard to pass or moving rapidly.
With any digestive complaint it can lead to other problems. You may not be absorbing your nutrition and this can contribute to other health problems. Do you find yourself lacking iron or Vit D? Or perhaps you have itchy skin for no reason? Or you burp and belch, or feel nauseous.
When you find yourself in this situation it is vital you look at your current food intake. Try eating small meals and eat regularly. Eat only natural (unprocessed) food, and try different styles. Some people are better with cooked vegetables, while others are ok with raw. Try both.
Ensure you remain hydrated, add a slice of lemon to your water, this not only improves taste but can help digestion. Apple Cider Vinegar prior to meals may also help in this situation. Start with 1 teaspoon in a little water, and sip prior to your meal.
Drinking certain herbal teas such as chamomile, fennel or peppermint may help also.
Listen to your body, are certain foods behind the cause.
Get sufficient exercise, prolonged sitting can contribute to the problem.
If you have tried looking at your diet and can find no real cause, perhaps it is time to get professional help with me in a Naturopathic consultation. The digestive system can be complex and involved. It really is best to get professional advice, through a thorough consultation we will be able to work on the area of your digestive system that needs support. It is not just a case of taking what your friend takes; you have your own special needs, honour this.
With thorough questioning, coupled with the occasional bit of humour and a (not to scale) drawing of your digestive system, I hope to explain to you what is going on and what we are going to do about it. In some instances I may suggest further testing, such as food sensitivity or a stool sample test. This will help us to find hidden causes of your current situation.
If you feel this could be helpful in your circumstance please phone me on 0424422773, or complete the attached booking sheet. Once your digestive system is working well, you may find many other niggling ailments have disappeared.