Too many of us live with bloating every single day. If you think it’s just something you have to live with, think again. You might be surprised about what’s causing it.
Sugar is often the culprit with bloating. Green juices containing fruit, protein and granola bars, cookies (even the gluten free ones!), dark chocolate. These are all foods with sugar that can often exceed over 20 grams (we recommend staying below 20 grams on a daily basis). Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in the gut, which can overpower the beneficial bacteria in your system. Ideally the gut has a ratio of 85% good to 15% bad bacteria. When this ratio starts to flip, symptoms like bloating and gas arise. Many of our patients find that they are able to eliminate bloating when they remove refined sugar. Over time, sugar can continue to negatively reduce beneficial gut flora and cause more severe digestive issues. If not addressed properly bacteria imbalances can lead to other forms of gut dysbiosis like candida, SIBO and intestinal permeability.
Bloating doesn’t have to be part of your life. We find that many of our new patients are lacking in an essential mineral that can reduce bloating.
That essential essential mineral is magnesium, which can be found in collard greens, chard, kale, spinach, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. Magnesium is a broad reaching mineral that is essential to a myriad of cell processes. Magnesium decreases fluid retention, which can be the reason for bloating in the first place. Enough magnesium will stimulate a bowel movement by relaxing the muscles and pulling water into the intestines. If you are experiencing bloat and overall digestive discomfort, I suggest blending magnesium-rich greens into soups or lightly sautéing or steaming greens to decrease the overall demand on your digestive system. Soaking seeds and nuts for two to six hours will also make them easier to digest.