Have you ever eaten a large meal only to feel so bloated you could “pop?”
This is a very common feeling and can cause quite a bit of discomfort. As a holistic nutritionist, when clients report being bloated it’s important for me to look at their eating patterns and food choices. Here are some of the most common causes of bloating:
Eating too fast
How many of us rush around, eating on the go rather than sitting down to eat a meal, or eating while working on the computer? If we don’t take the time to rest and digest, bloating can become a problem. If we take the time to enjoy our meal and be present in the moment, we digest our food so much better.
The stomach is also known as our second brain. In fact, it’s the brain that sends a signal to the stomach to begin producing stomach acid to start the process of digestion. That’s why it matters what else your brain is doing while you eat.
Bloating sometimes occurs because of a food sensitivity. If you suspect this, you can have a food sensitivity test to identify the culprits. Dairy comes up often as a source of bloating, because as humans we do not have the lactase enzyme to break down the lactose molecule. For some this is not an issue but for others it can be debilitating.
Fatty foods can also cause issues, and here I’m talking about fried, greasy foods, not the healthy fats found in foods like avocado, coconut oil, or nuts and seeds. There is little to no nutritional value in greasy foods. If you’re tempted by the taste, just think about that grease clogging up your arteries and tampering with your digestion.
Artificial sweeteners, like the ones found in diet pop, can also cause bloating and gas. That’s because they contains alcohol sugars that ferment in the gut. Fermentation is healthy when it occurs outside the body to make things like wine, cheese, yogurt and sauerkraut, but when food ferments in our intestines it produces noxious gas and putrefaction and that’s just not fun.
Instead of diet pop, reach for water with added lemon or fresh fruit. If you’re still bloating, leave out the fruit until you can get a specific nutritional protocol that meets your unique biochemical needs.
Make Good Choices offers food sensitivity testing and customized nutritional protocols. Contact us today to get started!