Natural Treatment for Bloating
Everyone experiences bloating at one time or another. What we experience is the sensation of a large or expanded abdomen, which may or may not be uncomfortable. There can be sharp cramping pain that tends to last from 30-60 seconds and can be quite intense. There can be loss of appetite and a general feeling of nausea. These are common symptoms our Toronto naturopath hears from most patients.
Essentially all bloating is caused by one thing: this is fermentation. Fermentation is how cells of any type, whether human, bacteria, or fungus, make energy when there’s no oxygen. The by-product of fermentation is alcohol and gas – and this gas is what we experience as bloating.
There are many reasons why this happens inside of a person. One of the most common reasons is because of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). There are also hormonal changes that cause bloating with the menstrual cycle, bloating that comes from stress, bloating that comes from low stomach acid, and bloating from problems after food poisoning or traveler’s diarrhea. Bottom line is there are many reasons bloating can occur, and it’s important to figure out why so you know what remedy will work best.
How we can help
Like always we need to understand how this process started, and why this process isn’t going away. We often find that a short term (a few weeks) specific diet change is needed in order to stop bloating. This is a non-gas forming diet. If needed we can use herbs to kill off bacteria and fungus that may be growing out of control. And as a later stage (it’s important not to use from the beginning) use probiotics. Then, if needed we can talk about food intolerance testing. The process should work over time to allow a generalized full diet with minimal to no food restrictions.
What makes us different
Our naturopathic doctor has an expertise in digestive health which has been built through years of clinical experience. Over time we have developed a tried and true program that has a high success rate. This program is a four step process that has been put together through research, clinical experience and patient feedback.