Gas and bloating are signs that something is off digestively.
I find it most helpful to address and reverse WHY gas and bloating might be happening, but there are of course ways to reduce symptoms while working to reverse the root cause.
What are some root causes of gas and bloating?
- Insufficient digestive secretions such as enzymes, hydrochloric acid, bile.
- Bacteria that belong in the large intestine that have migrated and are living in the small intestine and fermenting certain sugars
- A bacterial or fungal overgrowth
- Problems with motility (peristalsis or your migrating motor complex)
- Eating too fast or swallowing air
There are a lot of ways to improve symptoms. Three things that can help while you explore and reverse WHY you might be experiencing gas and bloating are to try
- eating more cooked vegetables instead of raw ones,
- pureeing foods more,
- using carminative tea.
Cooking and pureeing veggies makes them easier to break down digestively. Some people need to avoid certain veggies until the imbalance is corrected but cooking and pureeing works for many, depending on the cause.
Here is a recipe for a yummy pureed Spring Asparagus soup that is loaded with veggies like asparagus, spring onions, cauliflower and spinach.
These are both options during the spring cleanse, which is especially helpful if adding a lot of fiber from fruit and veggies is tough on your gut.
Here is a recipe for a tummy soothing carminative tea that can help reduce bloating.
When your body talks (aka signs and symptoms) it is telling you something, not working against you. Get curious!
A few things to notice and record if you experience gas and bloating are- When do the symptoms occur during the day? What makes them worse? What makes them better? When did they start? Are there certain foods that you can’t eat? How long after you eat do they occur? First thing in the morning? For women, are they cyclical? Do your symptoms occur with other symptoms? What does your poop look like? Any undigested food there? Are you eating when you are stressed?
Gut tests are also a great way to look into digestive health, gut inflammation, digestion secretions like bile, enzymes, hydrochloric acid, immune activation, microbes and more.
There are all sorts of fun details to dig into.
There is a lot you can do to bring balance back to your gut. And since gut imbalances can lead to all sorts of other problems, again, it is best to resolve what is driving them instead of just covering them up or living with them. I have seen people’s life change when they improve their gut.
Janel Ferrin Anderson FNLP, DNM, NC