This is a video recording of a Dinno Health community event “Why am I bloated?” held on October 22, 2020. The speaker is Meg Gerber RD, LDN, IFNCP. Megan graduated from the University of Connecticut as a Registered Dietitian in 2014 and has been a practicing Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist over the past 6+ years. She is a Certified Lifestyle educator and credentialed as an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy as a Dietitian and specializes in digestive issues, autoimmune disease, detoxification and metabolic imbalance.
Below is an excerpt of her presentation:
A question I frequently get from clients is why am I so bloated.
What is bloating? It’s basically that subjective heavy uncomfortable feeling in the belly feeling like there’s too much gas. I get from a lot of clients like I have that pregnant feeling without real pregnancy. It’s the second most commonly reported IBS symptom. It does feed into that quality of life aspect if you’re feeling bloated every single day. Part of the work that I do with clients is really getting at the root cause.
So what is the root cause? It’s very individualized and it can come in many forms but for some people, it is surely the fact that they are constipated not moving their bowels regularly enough so that stool and extra gas is building up. If there’s any issues with altered motility, so frequently in women especially after having babies, they may have some pelvic floor dysfunction and that can contribute to altered motility meaning that stool is not moving appropriately through the intestines like it should. That can be potentially a root cause as well as digestive insufficiency. Looking higher up in the digestive tract potentially the stomach or small intestine, are you having issues with stomach acid output or pancreatic enzyme insufficiency issues with your gall bladder not putting out the appropriate bile acids to help with fat digestion? Do you deal with food sensitivities that can be potentially an underlying root cause to the bloating?
Watch the video to learn more about
- Root causes of bloating
- The tummy troublers-foods to limit/avoid when bloated
- Anti bloat food choices to eat
- Going beyond the food-HOW to eat to prevent bloating.