Always find yourself with a bloated stomach after eating? By 3pm are you reaching for the top button on your jeans? A bloated belly, along with things like gas, digestive upset, and bowel irregularity, are all signs that our gut is a little unhappy. Our gut plays a major role in our digestion as well as our overall health too. When the health of the gut becomes compromised, the rest of our health can suffer, impacting on our skin, our immune system, hormonal balance, mood, and more. A bloated tummy is just one of the many signs that your gut could do with some extra attention. Read on to find out how to support a happy gut and beat the bloat for good.
What causes bloating?
Bloating is caused by a buildup of gas in your intestines. While a little gas is normal, excess gas can leave the stomach looking distended – you know, that pregnancy look without the glow and without the baby? – plus some other unpleasant side effects like burping, excessive gas, cramping, and a general feeling of uncomfortable fullness. The top causes of bloating include:
- Food sensitivities or intolerances
- Eating too quickly
- An imbalance of gut bacteria
- Intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut”)
- Issues with the gallbladder or liver
- Disorders like IBS, IBD (such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- A poor diet
- Hormonal imbalances
How to reduce bloating
There are a number of ways that you can support the health of your gut and relieve bloating. Making sure you address any food intolerances or sensitives as well as chewing your food well and eating mindfully is a great place to start. Using herbs such as chamomile, marshmallow, ginger, and cinnamon is an easy way to quickly ease feelings bloating, gas and indigestion as well as provide symptomatic relief for those with IBS. For extra support, supplementing with glutamine can help to soothe and repair the gut as well as calm any irritation, making it a great choice for those who suffer from issues such as bloating and IBS.