Why You’re Bloated & What You Can Do About It
There are few feelings that can make you more uncomfortable both physically and mentally than being bloated. While everyone is sure to experience bloating at some point in their lives, when it becomes a regular occurrence that affects you on a near daily basis, your gut can quickly start to dictate everything you do.
To make matters worse, when you feel you’ve tried every trick in the book such as eliminating carbs, hitting the gym, and even paying your doctor a visit, only to still be dealing with that troublesome bloat, it’s easy to feel like you’re out of options. If all of that sounds like you, worry not, we’re here to help.
In this article, we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at bloating and how colonic irrigation can be the remedy you’ve been searching for.
What is bloating?
Before we get any further, it’s important that you first understand exactly what bloating is so you’re not mistaking your symptoms for another illness or underlying problem. Most commonly, bloating occurs when your digestive organs become stretched as a result of liquid, gas, or solid waste build up in the lower abdomen.
To a lesser degree, bloating can also happen when food is moving too slowly through the digestive tract or if your GI muscles aren’t strong enough to perform their duties. Regardless of what the cause is, the most popular symptom that bloating sufferers experience is a feeling of being swollen or overly full.
It’s also common for feelings of gassiness to accompany bloating, making it even more uncomfortable to deal with when you’re at work or in public places. Depending on the severity and cause, you can experience additional bloating symptoms such as cramps, sharp abdominal pains, constipation, or diarrhea.
Even though bloating on its own is in no way life-threatening, when it becomes a chronic problem, colonic irrigation is one of the most effective ways to cure the underlying cause.
Common causes of bloating
Bloating can be caused by a number of different factors that will vary from individual to individual. In order to help you zero in on what’s been causing that uncomfortable belly bulge, below, we’ve covered some of the most common causes of bloating.
1. Dietary Sensitivities
Without a doubt, one of the most popular (and annoying) causes of bloating is food allergies. Millions of people around the world suffer from different food allergies, which, if not avoided, can cause all kinds of trouble along the digestive tract, including bloating.
Unfortunately, many of the most common dietary allergies also happen to be the most enjoyable foods. These include things like dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, corn, dark vegetables, some fruits, and, possibly the most difficult to avoid of the bunch, gluten. If you have certain food allergies, when consumed, your body can respond in one of two ways.
The first response occurs when your body has an actual allergic reaction to the food and tries to dispel it as quickly as possible. This can irritate the digestive tract, cause swelling, and even result in abdominal discomfort as well as diarrhea.
The second response occurs when the body is unable to digest the food due to a lack of specific enzymes which help break it down. As a result, the undigested food triggers a GI response which causes bloating and gas buildup in the intestines.
2. Gastrointestinal Infection
When most people hear the word “infection”, the first thing that comes to mind are illnesses like the common cold and the dreaded flu. However, what most don’t know is that you can also have an infection of the gastrointestinal tract (your gut).
Within your small and large intestines, there’s a delicate ecosystem that’s made up of billions of good bacterial strains which help your body properly digest and absorb nutrients. When this ecosystem becomes disrupted, bloating is one of the most common side effects in both acute and chronic cases.
GI infections, depending on the cause, can negatively impact your intestinal health in a number of different ways. For instance, reducing the number of good bacteria in the gut can drastically impact your body’s ability to digest food. On the other hand, if bad bacteria are allowed to multiply and infect the intestinal tract, this can also inhibit the body.
Lastly, gastrointestinal infections can sometimes be caused by parasites that hitched a ride into the body. These troublesome parasites will latch onto the walls of the intestines and cause chronic bloating if left untreated.
If constipation isn’t already annoying enough to deal with on its own, it also happens to be one of the most common causes of bloating. What makes constipation tricky to diagnose is the fact that it can be present whether you’re having normal bowel movements, or fewer than usual.
Because constipation can have a significant impact on the rate at which your body is expelling waste, it’s only natural that there are complications that follow. When waste is allowed to sit in your colon for a longer period of time than normal, the bacteria have more time to ferment and create gas as a byproduct.
As you can imagine, this gas builds up in the colon and soon creates that uncomfortable feeling of being bloated along with other symptoms. In our experience, most patients aren’t even aware that they’ve been dealing with chronic constipation for an extended period of time.
How Colonic Irrigation Can Help
Colonic irrigation is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat bloating and aid with the removal of gas producing bacteria. Unlike chemical laxatives and invasive procedures which can often irritate the GI tract more than help it, colonic irrigation gently introduces the colon to purified water and naturally restores balance.
Whether you’re suffering from constipation, a bacterial imbalance, or a slow digestive system due to waste build up, colonic irrigation can safely remove blockages, eliminate toxins, and create an environment in which good bacteria can thrive.
Here at the Colon Care Clinic, we’ve helped more than 10,000 patients, many of which suffered from bloating, regain control of their gut and get back to enjoying their lives without feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed.
So, if you’re tired of the belly bulge and gas pains, give us a call to set up a free consultation where one of our colonic irrigation specialists will build a customized treatment plan to get you feeling great again in no time.