Sick of being bloated and feeling sluggish? Learn how to get that flat tummy back!

No one likes a big, bloated tummy because it makes you feel overweight, tired and lets face it, grumpy! It can affect your work, exercise regime and overall mood. But perhaps there is something you can do about this uncomfortable, unwanted balloon? Learn how to make the transition to a healthier and happier lifestyle by eating the right foods and having the energy to enjoy exercising again!

What is stomach bloating?

Stomach bloating is a result of incomplete digestion and occurs because of the inability to digest certain foods (food intolerance). These foods cause unexpected gases that result in bloating that can be painful and distressing. Food intolerance is genetic, so for some people who think that they can work through it and that some day it may go away, perhaps they should think twice and get diagnosed so they can learn to live a more comfortable life.

Listed below are the main types of food intolerance that may cause stomach bloating:

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and there are more than 55 diseases that it has been linked to. It is said that approximately 99% of people who have gluten intolerance are never diagnosed!

Symptoms

  • Stomach bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea
  • Fatigue, clouding of consciousness (mental fog) and felling tired after eating food that contains gluten.
  • Migraine headaches
  • Feeling dizzy or off balance
  • Mood swings, anxiety, depression and ADD
  • Inflammation or pain in joints such as fingers, hips and knees.
  • Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS and unexplained fertility.
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Diagnosis of autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Psoriasis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis or Scleroderma.
  • Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalagia

 

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. Some people who are lactose intolerant are unable to digest any milk products while some can digest small amounts of milk products with no problems at all. Lactose intolerance occurs when the small intestine does not make enough of the enzyme lactase, which your body needs to break down and digest lactose.

Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Pain or cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Gurgling sound in your stomach
  • Vomiting

If you suspect you may be lactose intolerant then stop eating or drinking all dairy products to see if your symptoms disappear. If they do go away then try adding small amounts of dairy products to see if any symptoms come back again.

Fructose Malabsorption (fructose intolerance)

Fructose malabsorption is an acquired condition and occurs because enterocytes in the small intestine lessen the absorption capabilities of fructose. One in 3 people in Central Europe suffer from this condition.

Hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI) is a rare genetic disorder  and is caused by a congenital lack of the enzyme Fructose 1-Phosphate Aldolase. Unlike fructose malabsorption, fructose has no problem being transported through the small intestine, it is the liver that is unable to break it down properly. This disorder can lead to kidney damage, liver damage, and hypoglykemia.

Fructose malabsorption cannot be cured, but can easily be managed by limiting the amount of fructose and fructans in the diet. Foods to avoid include apples, watermelon, grapes, honey, garlic and onions.

Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild, chronic or acute stomach pain
  • Flatulence
  • If excessive consumption vomiting can occur
  • Depression

TREATMENT

To be able to treat a problem you first need to know what that problem is so if any of the above descriptions fits your condition then get properly diagnosed so that you can start feeling fit and healthy again. Usually it is as simple as substituting one great food for another!