Bloating, Cramping and Digestive Discomfort

Picture of a young woman has pain and cramps or bloating in the abdomen.

The range of digestive upsets that can be caused or worsened by eating the wrong foods for your body is extensive; bloating, abdominal pain, reflux, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation to name a few.

A sensation of bloating that is worse after eating or as the day progresses can often be a sign that your body is reacting to one or more of the foods you are eating. For some people the distention of the abdominal area is visible, and grows throughout the day. For others the discomfort is all internal. Either way it can be a sign that the body is having difficulty breaking down, digesting, absorbing or metabolising a food substance.

Similarly, digestive disturbances can often be improved by understanding more about dietary choices. So many people are amazed by the changes in their digestive comfort and function once they have removed reactive foods from their diet.

Often food reactivities are slow and cumulative, some might even say insidious. For example, a dairy-sensitive person may present with bloating on a day they have eaten no dairy, and be perplexed. But once they realise they also are mildly triggered by cocoa, soy and nitrates, and on this day they have consumed a huge amount of all three, the penny drops! Aha!

Reactions to foods are often a symptom themselves of poor digestive organ function, and when the organs are functioning optimally, reactivity and associated discomfort may be reduced. An obvious example is when the stomach is not producing enough acid to break down food proteins, which are then more difficult to digest and can become reactive. A similar thing can happen when the gallbladder is not adequately storing or releasing bile, and therefore fats cannot be easily emulsified and digested.

Poor digestive function can lead to reduced absorption of nutrients from your food, so rebalancing these deficiencies is important for optimal health. Lower levels of specific nutrients can also contribute directly to digestive symptoms.

In summary, where there are symptoms of poor digestion, determining what the triggers and underlying imbalances may be are important steps towards comfortable and efficient digestive function.

 

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