Bloating, belching and intestinal gas: Maintaining A Healthy Gut

Bloating is any abnormal general swelling, or increase in diameter of the abdominal area. As a symptom, the patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain, and sometimes accompanied by increased stomach growling, or more seriously, the total lack of it.
Bloating, belching, gas and gas pains can be embarrassing and uncomfortable
When gas doesn’t pass through belching or flatulence, it can build up in the stomach and intestines and lead to bloating. With bloating, you may also have abdominal pain that can vary from mild and dull to sharp and intense. Passing gas or having a bowel movement may relieve the pain
A 40-something woman recently complained that she couldn’t lose weight. Or rather, she was slim everywhere else but felt fat around her stomach.
She also admitted she was tired all the time, had eczema on her hands and legs that she treated with steroid cream, felt bloated most days and often went for three or four days without going to the toilet.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, once said, ‘All disease begins in the gut,’ and he’s absolutely right. Poor digestive health is not a problem that lies solely in the gut, but rather it’s linked to our hearts, brains, immunity and everything in between.
At the heart of all this is our microbiome – the vast colony of bacteria that resides within our bodies. There are more bacteria than human cells in our bodies, yet many of us still treat our guts – and microbiome – as a tiny and insignificant part of our health.
Many times, people ignore the more obvious poor-gut symptoms such as pain and constipation, as well as less obvious ones like skin complaints or fatigue. They think it’s normal to be putting up with these issues, when it really isn’t.

When the 40 something woman started to improve her microbiome through her diet, her skin cleared, her energy levels improved, and her ‘weight gain’ (which wasn’t due to increased fat levels, but rather extension around her waist caused by her constipation and bloating) reduced significantly.
There are many ways we can help our microbiome stay healthy, including the correct diet, avoiding foods that help the bad bacteria thrive, such as sugar and processed foods, not overusing antibiotics (they can wipe out good gut bacteria) and topping up bacteria with a high-quality probiotic.
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