Introduction to Bloatingbloated stomach

 The digestive tract contains up to two pounds of living bacteria, the majority within the large and small intestine. Many of these bacteria are friendly organisms. They are protective and health enhancing. Just like the good bacteria in yoghurt, they help to keep the colon clean and healthy. However, we also have colonies of opportunistic, unfriendly, toxin producing bacteria lurking within the intestines. The essence of good health depends upon us maintaining thriving colonies of these friendly bacteria and keeping the bad bacteria to a minimum.

How Bloating Begins

Sometimes and for some people, a shift takes place in this delicate balance. Something happens to the person and the toxic bacteria begin to gain the upper hand. They quickly overgrow and overrun the intestinal tract. These toxic bacteria then begin to release their toxins into the intestinal tract.  This exacerbates all of the symptoms of bloating, cramping, spasm, diarrhoea and constipation. In many cases, this marks the beginning of symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

overgrown, toxic spores within the colon

The graphic (right) shows the gut bacteria. The blue and green globules are the overgrown, toxic spores within the colon. The white specles are the toxins released by these toxic gut bacteria.  

Cause of Gut Bacteria Imbalance

  1. Overuse of antibiotics
  2. Prolonged use of oral steroid medication
  3. Overuse of rich, high sugar, over-processed foods
  4. Food intolerance

 

Food Intolerance

gut-bacteria-imageFood intolerance (undigested food) is one of the most common causes of this problem. Such foods arrive in the intestines undigested. These undigested foods begin to ferment and putrefy within the intestines, feeding the toxic, opportunist bacteria which reside there. These toxic gut bacteria are like scavengers and they thrive on these undigested foods. This marks the beginning of the bloating, inflammation and irritation of the intestinal tract.

Take Note

Our life and our good health are very much at the mercy of this ongoing daily battle for supremacy between these friendly and the toxic intestinal bacteria.

The Solution
Probiotics and bowel health

  1. By finding out what foods you are intolerant to and eliminating them from your diet, you stop feeding these intestinal toxins. Deprived of their food source, they will start to die off. Additionally, by eating foods that you can completely digest (the test will tell you which foods you can digest), these foods will start to feed the friendly, health enhancing gut bacteria. This will help you to re-colonise your gut with thriving populations of healthy bacteria.
  2. Use live probiotics to help you to re-populate your gut with good bacteria.
  3. You will also have to deal with any other additional causative factor as listed above under “Causes of Gut Bacteria Imbalance”.

Could This be an INFLAMMATORY Condition?

YES, an increasing number of practitioners are coming to recognise that “inflammation” best describes all of the above symptoms. People are starting to recognise that specific foods are triggering these symptoms. However, unlike normal, immediate, allergy reactions, these particular food reactions are delayed (hidden) reactions. This is classic food intolerance (undigested food in the digestive tract causing inflammation).
An increasing number of people have resolved these symptoms by using the food intolerance test to help them find their problem foods.

 

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This short video by Dr. Mark Hyman (personal physician to ex-president Bill Clinton) explains how inflammation makes you fat and sick.