Ever wonder what might be causing stomach bloating? If you suffer from bloating, belching or gas, check out these five common factors and how to solve them.
Excessive intestinal gas often happens when our bodies have a tough time digesting protein. That’s because protein requires a lot of stomach acid in order to be broken down properly. If your intestinal tract is too alkaline, protein won’t be broken down completely, causing stomach bloat and excessive gas.
SOLUTION: Try a digestive enzyme. The right product can re-acidify your digestive tract, eliminating excess gas that leads to bloating.
Another reason some foods cause intestinal gas is because of your body’s inability to digest certain complex sugar compounds. For example, humans don’t produce the necessary alpha glactosidase enzyme necessary to digest these complex sugars, called oligosaccharides. When these undigested compounds reach the intestines they begin to ferment and release gas.
SOLUTION: Take Beano. By adding a few drops of Beano to your first bite of food, you can help prevent gas formation. The enzyme in Beano is taken from the food grade mold Aspergillus niger. This may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, especially those sensitive to molds (or mold derived products like penicillin). Persons who have the hereditary condition called galactosemia (the inability to convert galactose to glucose) should also avoid Beano.
Your gut is a battleground where there is constant combat between “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria that we’re exposed to through highly-processed food and water. If the bad bacteria are left to multiply unchecked and create an imbalance, the good guys cannot digest foods optimally and we experience belching, stomach bloat, and excessive gas as a result.
SOLUTION: Add naturally fermented, “live” foods that are packed with probiotics to your diet. Foods like all-natural yogurt or homemade sauerkraut will encourage the growth of “good bacteria” and reduce gas and bloating issues.
Your gallbladder is like a small sack that stores and regulates the bile needed to digest fat. As fat passes into your small intestine, the gallbladder uses the proper amount of bile to aid in fat digestion. But if your gallbladder becomes clogged with stones or the bile becomes too thick and sluggish, you may experience extremely uncomfortable bloating 5 to 20 minutes after eating.
SOLUTION: Eat foods and nutrients that stimulate the production and flow of bile. Red beets, artichokes, and sauerkraut are a few that can help with your gallbladder-related bloating issues. If pain persists, talk to your doctor.