Are you experiencing regular bouts of bloating or flatulence (wind) after meals? Do you find certain foods or drinks make you feel uncomfortable? Do you wish you could find a natural solution to your digestive discomfort? Well read on for our top tips from our highly experienced Naturopath with over 22 years experience with gut health and digestive problems:
There are many natural solutions for bloating and digestive discomfort. Keeping a daily food diary is the first step to help identify your food triggers, followed by a food sensitivity test by your Naturopath to pinpoint your individual food allergens such as the in-clinic Food Detective test which provides a personalised list of your food sensitivities and only requires one small blood sample.
Many people benefit from reducing their intake of high inflammatory foods such as wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar. These foods are commonly eaten and can contribute to digestive pain and bloating by irritating the delicate small intestinal lining where most of our digestion occurs, and thus contributing to leaky gut syndrome or intestinal inflammation. 1.
The large protein gluten which is found in higher amounts in wheat products such as bread, and casein proteins (also known as A1 and A2) found in dairy products such as milk, are also inflammatory and can exacerbate leaky gut. Lactose (milk sugar) can also be an irritant to some people and can lead to lactose intolerance. Digestive symptoms such as constipation, diahorrea, irritable bowel and bloating can then occur, particularly if these food groups are consumed frequently. 2.
There have been many species of bacteria isolated in our gut flora over the last decade, linked to all sorts of health benefits including improved immunity, digestion and absorption of nutrients, healthy bowel motions, as well as improved moods. Unfortunately frequent use of medications such as antibiotics, steroids, vaccines and pain relief medications can all deplete these vital healthy bacteria and allow the proliferation of unhealthy bacteria, yeasts and other pathogens which in turn affect our immunity and overall health.
So what are some foods we can eat to aid digestion and help prevent bloating? The probiotic rich foods such as fermented vegetables (sauerkraut), non-dairy yoghurt or kefir (coconut), miso (fermented soybean paste), and non-wheat sourdough bread (rye or rice are options) are all beneficial in feeding healthy gut bacteria and aiding digestive health.
And by reducing our consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar and yeast such as bread and alcohol, we can allow our healthy bacteria to thrive. High quality probiotic supplements which contain multi species of healthy bacteria such as the Naturopath brand Multiflora probiotic, are also beneficial ways of supplementing our own bacteria and helping to relieve bloating and flatulence.
For further information on what you can do to aid your digestive health contact Enhance Wellness Center and speak to one of our highly experienced health professionals today or book your Health Screening with our Naturopath to start living a healthier and happier life.