What causes bloating? Disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and celiac disease are the most serious causes of gastrointestinal bloating.
A sluggish bowel is also a major cause, particularly when it leads to chronic constipation. When your gut isn’t emptied often enough, your abdomen can become too ‘full’. Similarly, bloating can result from gastroparesis, a delay in the emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine. This is often the result of low stomach acid.
Most often, poor gut bacteria are to blame. When ‘bad’ gut bacteria overwhelm your ‘good’ bacteria, the result is some form dysbiosis. If untreated, this can lead to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO, which is too many bad bacteria in the small intestine) or Candida overgrowth.
SIBO occurs when bacteria from one part of the digestive tract end up in the small intestine, or when the naturally occurring bacteria in your small intestine grow out of control. This imbalance of bacteria in your gut can cause bloating, diarrhea, and pain.
Similarly, an overgrowth of Candida yeast can lead to gas and bloating and can usually live naturally in the gut without causing any problems – but when it grows out of control, it can wreak havoc on your normal digestive function.
There may also be certain foods you are allergic or intolerant to. Wheat and dairy are some of the most common causes of bloating, along with fructooligosaccharides (present in onions, garlic, apples and other foods containing high FODMAPs).
Of course, there are times it’s really hard to avoid certain foods. For example, you might know that beans and spices give you a terrible stomach-ache, but your boss has just ordered lunch for the office from the local Mexican restaurant or, you know that you can’t tolerate dairy products but your best friend has just given you a box of chocolates for your birthday.
In these cases, it’s helpful to know that relief is just a tea away.
There are many amazing medicinal herbs that can be brewed into a tea for bloating and gas relief. Drinking these teas throughout the day can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of digestive ills.
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