There are many possible causes of bloating. Poor fermentation is a common cause of bloating. An imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria may result in fermentation problems. I often see a lack of lactobacillus or bifidobacteria in my clients with severe bloating.
Bloating often means that you’re eating a food that exceeds the capacity of the gut to digest it or ferment it. Bloating can mean there is a problem breaking food down into small enough components for normal fermentation and absorption.
Bloating is most common in the small bowel, although it can happen in the colon as well. Bloating in the center of the belly is from the small intestine, bloating down the sides of the belly is from the large intestine.
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The best treatments are implemented after appropriate testing. My suggestion is to do a comprehensive stool analysis (CSA) and a SIBO breath test. Those tests provide a lot of information that allows for a targeted approach to supplementation and diet. You want to identify the key “bad guys” in your gut and get rid of them. If you have a lot of Candida or harmful bacteria, you’ll need to be very careful with the carbohydrates you eat. If you notice you can tolerate more carbs without bloating, you’ll know that your gut is on its way to recovery.
When it comes to bloating, my general recommendation is to take digestive enzymes. You can look at my product, CanXida Restore. It’s the one with the green label. CanXida Restore is a combination of enzymes and probiotics. My suggestion is that you take one at lunch and dinner when you’re going to a diet transition. As the bloating eases off, keep fine-tuning your diet until you can identify the foods that are creating the most significant issues. Drop those foods out of your diet for two to three months. You can reintroduce them, one at a time, once your gut has recovered to some degree.