Being bloated all the time is awful and no matter what doctor Google says, it’s not normal. Beating the bloat for good is not as simple as people think. So the question is, when should someone worry about bloating?
The normal reaction to bloating is to think somehow it’s normal or just a sensitive stomach. But when people are dealing with bloating on a regular basis, more than just after splurging occasionally, then this should set up some warning flags.
When someone feels bloated, it’s not easy to gauge why because bloating is an umbrella term that can be used to describe the feeling, but can have multiple causes.
When people go to their General Practitioner complaining of bloating, most practitioners really pigeonhole this symptom into three camps:
- mechanical issue
- eating too much at one sitting
So when they do the standard protocol, this typically includes an exam and sometimes investigating with scopes. When the exam or scopes come back inconclusive, they sometimes don’t get an answer for why the patients feel so bloated, especially if it’s due to a microbial imbalance.
So they may give vague advice like eat better or try and manage your stress better. While this is sage advice, they’re typically missing a wide variety of reasons for the bloating.
In my practice, when I see patients dealing with bloating, it could be anything. This includes
- eating too much
- SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
- leaky gut
- a pathogen
- undiagnosed food sensitivity
- lack of enough good bacteria in the gut
It can be even simple things that are contributing to bloating or making it worse like:
- swallowing too much air while eating
- eating too fast
- chewing gum
- eating on the run
- even having too much stress hormones like cortisol in the blood
This is why bloating can be so problematic for people and why people suffer from it for years.
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