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Beat the Bloat

Updated: Nov 30, 2019

When your belly is bloated, distended to the neighbor's house (it feels like it) and your pants are tight, border line cutting off your circulation, you want relief ASAP.

It's really hard to feel sexy when someone asked you earlier in the day if you're pregnant. Has this ever happened to you?

What causes bloat?

  • Poor food choices (junk foods)

  • Food sensitivities or food allergies

  • Overeating

  • Eating too quickly

  • Too much fiber

  • Cruciferous vegetables

  • Chronic stress (Gut & brain are interlinked, stress impairs digestion)

  • Bacteria overgrowths or infections especially after feeding them carbs or sugar

  • Constipation

  • Die -off if you're doing a gut healing protocol

There was a time where I was often carrying around an air baby. This was partly due to my fructose and lactose intolerances. I was diagnosed with IBS in my 20's. My symptoms would come and gone thru the years.

Earlier in 2018 I started having gas after eating and constant bloat. I was eating 80% whole foods with lots of veggies/fruits so I wondered if I was overdoing the fiber. This is easy to do with IBS.

I listened to a functional medicine doctor talk about SIBO. I suspected I suddenly had it. I asked my regular family doctor to refer me out to a GI specialist. I wanted a hydrogen breath test which is required to diagnosis SIBO. No surprise at all, I tested positive.

It's important to work with a practitioner to get a customized protocol because SIBO is stubborn and often relapses are common. There is a lot of information on the internet to beat SIBO and it may not be right for your unique body and co-conditions.

I was able to rid my SIBO in 3 months and it hasn't relapsed and it's been 1.5 years. Unfortunately, its more common for people to relapse. I credit this to knowing what to do to prevent SIBO and making gut health a priority.

NOTE - an antimicrobial protocol is necessary to rid SIBO, diet alone doesn't work.

The SCD, Bi-Phasic or Low Fodmap dietary protcols are helpful for IBS or SIBO. The Monash University appl lists out specific amounts and servings for fodmaps.. I highly recommend it.