Excess Estrogen

Excess Estrogen: Are you chunky, puffy and depressed?

Estrogen and progesterone are the two main sex hormones found in women. They are like a dance couple, and just like couples on the dance floor, issues can arise when one rules and the other does not follow. In women, estrogen is the hormone that dominates, not progesterone.  There are two roads to excess to excess estrogen:

  1. High estrogen relative to normal progesterone. This combination is common in overweight women, and women exposed to xenoestrogens, which are chemicals, such as plastics, that mimic estrogen.
  2. High estrogen relative to low progesterone. This combination, known as estrogen dominance, is the most common.

In this blog, I describe the main symptoms of estrogen dominance, and the scientifically proven ways you can help symptoms of excess estrogen.

Symptoms of excess estrogen

Excess estrogen can lead to a host annoying symptoms: weight gain especially around your middle and hips; water retention and it’s cousin breast tenderness; mood swings from irritability to full blown anxiety and depression; and painful periods, perhaps endometriosis. You might feel foggy, sleepless and weepy. Maybe you have noticed that you have more headaches, or that your face is redder.

Scientifically proven ways to help excess estrogen

Life changes and nutritional supplementation

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol consumption raises estrogen levels. In one study, estrogen was increased by 7 per cent with 15grams of alcohol per day, and by 22 percent with two servings.

Cut the Caffeine. A study of Premenopausal American women showed that consumption of caffeine-containing diet drinks and green tea raised estrogen.

Steer clear of xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are chemicals, such as Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Phthalates, that mimic estrogen. BPA is typically found in plastic bottles and the lining of tins. Phthalates are found in nail polish, shampoos, and vinyl flooring.

Consume less dairy and meat from conventionally bred animals. In one study of postmenopausal women, consumption of conventionally raised red meat increased the risk of breast cancer by 22 percent. In another study of postmenopausal women, consumption of commercial dairy was associated with increased estrogen levels. When you consume dairy or red meat if possible choose a grass fed, organic option.

Eat more prunes. Research has shown that consumption of prunes reduces estrogen.

Get your fibre. Research has shown that increased fibre, from fruit and vegetables, will lower estrogen.

Drop the weight. If you are overweight, research has shown that weight loss will lower estrogen levels.

Exercise regularly. Scientists have shown that regular exercise decreases estrogen levels.

Get to bed by ten. Going to bed by ten o’clock allows the optimal production of melatonin, a hormone that lowers estrogen.

Take Di-iodomethane (DIM). DIM lowers excess estrogen levels. In one high-level study, DIM supplementation significantly improved abnormal Pap smears (a common sign of excess estrogen) in women versus placebo. Recommended dosage is 200mg per day.

Herbal Remedies

Eat seaweed. From a high-level study, researchers found that women eating Alaria, a type of brown alga, over a seven week period had significantly lowered estrogen levels compared to placebo. It is important to note that Avaria contains high levels of iodine. Iodine consumption may trigger problems in people with Hashimoto’s Disease or autoimmune thyroiditis.

Take Curcumin. Curcumin is an extract of the Turmeric root. Research has shown that curcumin reduces the spreading effect of estrogen on cancer cells. Suggested dosage is 250mg, up to six times per day.

Try Hops. Hops or Humulus lupulus have been shown in research to lower estrogen by reducing the production of aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.

If your symptoms do not resolve after trying the lifestyle, supplementation and herbal remedies, I suggest you consult with your physician.

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Low Physical Capacity

Low Physical Capacity: Say hello to the new smoking

Do you have a low physical capacity? If you do then a recently published study found that your health is nearly at as much risk as if you were a smoker. A 45-year study in middle-aged men concluded that the impact of low physical capacity on the risk of death is secondary only to smoking. The study was intended to examine risk factors for heart disease and death.

Low Physical Capacity

“The advantages of being physically active over a lifetime are clear,” said Dr Per Ladenvall, a lead researcher in the study, in an interview with Science Daily. “Low physical capacity is a higher risk for death than high blood pressure or high cholesterol.”

The study combined 792 men from the “Study of Men Born in 1913,” a representative sample of 50-year-old men in Gothenburg recruited in 1963.

VO2 Max

In 1967, at 54 years of age, 656 men did a maximum exercise test in which they pushed themselves to the limit. Maximal oxygen uptake, called VO2 max, was recorded.

Dr Ladenvall said: “VO2 max is a measure of physical capacity and the higher the figure, the more physically fit a person is.”

After the initial examination, the men were followed up every ten years until 2012, at the age of 100 years. Data on causes of death was obtained from the National Cause of Death Registry.

To investigate the relationship between predicted VO2 max and cause of death the men were divided into three groups.

The researchers found that each group increase in predicted VO2 max equated with a 21% reduced risk of mortality over 45 years of follow-up.

Dr Ladenvall said: “We found that low physical capacity was associated with increased rates of death. The association between physical capacity and causes of death was graded, with the strongest risk in the group with the lowest physical capacity. The effect of physical capacity on the risk of death was second only to smoking.”

“The length of follow-up in our study is unique,” continued Dr Ladenvall. “The risk associated with low physical capacity was evident throughout more than four decades and suggests that being physically active can have a significant impact over a lifetime.”

He concluded: “We have come a long way in diminishing smoking. The next major hurdle is to keep us physically active and also to reduce physical inactivity, such as prolonged sitting.”

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Migraines and Headaches: Are weather changes the cause?

In May 2012, a woman walked into my office. Her face was tight, and she had a permanently pained expression. She had been referred to me by one of our Naturopathic Doctors, who had not been able to help her. This particular ND had a habit of sending me her tough cases and this on first glance this looked very tricky. The women suffered from headaches and migraines. One headache had been with her permanently for 18 months! Having treated many people for headaches and migraines, I knew that the usual triggers were from foods and the environment, in particular from weather conditions.

Research into Migraines

Studies have a shown links between migraines and different weather conditions including lower temperatures, higher humidity, changes in temperature, and barometric changes.

Testing

To help me unravel people’s health issues I use Applied Kinesiology (AK) or muscle testing. AK is often ridiculed by commentators on the internet, but it has been key to me helping 1000’s of patients since 1997.

From my initial testing, I identified the trigger for her headaches and migraines were due to sensitivities. I then tested her using my sensitivity test kit for different food, environmental and atmospheric (weather) sensitivities. Once identified, I began treatment for the sensitivities using a system of acupressure that I adapted from an allergy treatment called NAET.

Treatment

The initial treatments were for the food sensitivities. After the completion of the foods, the client said she felt I was helping her, but a permanent headache remained. On the fourth session, I treated the weather triggers that included hot, precipitation, condensation, positively charged air, electrical storms and low pressure.

Two months passed without the client returning for another follow-up, so I was considering contacting her to see how she was doing. That same week I noticed she had booked an appointment for the following week. When the meeting came, and I walked out to the waiting room to greet her, I could see there was something different about her. Her pained expression had gone, her eyes were brighter, and she had a lighter air about her. Since her last treatment her permanent headache, she had for 18 months, had gone. She had suffered from a couple of migraines which she managed with medication, but she felt those were triggered by changes in the weather. True enough when I tested her she reacted to changes in barometric pressure and temperature. She also mentioned that for the first time in her life she did not respond to electrical storms. On her last visit, she reported she was a migraine and headache free since the last treatment.

Ottawa is a city that experiences massive changes in weather over very short periods of time and during my four years here I have treated many clients that react to these. I did find one study that was carried out in Ottawa, which looked at weather triggers and headaches that strangely could not find any correlation. For this client, it was the primary contributing factor.

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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C-section deliveries and long-term health consequences

Caesarian section (C-section) deliveries are among the most frequent operations conducted on women of child-bearing age. Canada’s C-section rate has risen dramatically in the past 25 years. The C-section rate in Canada has grown from 17% of all births in 1995 to nearly 27% in 2010. In Ontario, approximately 29% of births in 2011 were by C-section, with a similar rate in Alberta of 28% in 2009. While C-sections are often the best approach to ensuring healthy outcomes for both mother and baby in high-risk pregnancies or complicated deliveries, rates are rising among women with low-risk pregnancies. Recent research has uncovered that C-section newborns have an increased chance of some chronic health problems later in life.

Research

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that C-section infants are more prone to develop obesity, asthma, and type 1 diabetes in later life. Other studies have found an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases including Crohns Disease and MS as well as other allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.

Scientists speculate that the reason c-section babies are more prone to future illness lies in the health of their friendly bacteria. While in the mother’s womb, the unborn fetus’s intestines is completely sterile and contains no friendly bacteria (known as the microbiota). When a baby is born naturally through the vagina, it is exposed to the vaginal fluid, which contains bacteria from the microbiota of the mother. During c-sections, newborn are taken from the sterile womb to the operating room which although partially pure will still contain microbes from the attending doctors and nurses. The difference between a vaginal birth and a c-section concerning the microbiota is biodiversity. C-section babies have been shown to have a low biological diversity, and substantial evidence suggests that the first composition of the microbiota of newborn plays a significant role in the early development of the immune system.

Restoring c-section microbiota

Before writing this blog, I considered a possible solution to this problem might be for the surgeon to expose the c-section baby manually to the mother’s vaginal fluid. In fact, early this year, researchers presented preliminary data showing that the microbiota of newborn could be partially restored when they were swabbed with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluid immediately after birth. The initial findings of this study are encouraging, but the effectiveness of this approach needs much more study for it to be standard medical practice.

Practical Considerations

If a c-section is not a medical necessity to ensure the life of the baby and mum, then the research indicates avoidance. If a c-section is necessary then consider the following tips to help maximise the baby’s gut health:

  1. Breastfeed as soon as possible after birth.
  2. Avoid weaning onto solids as long as possible to ensure the readiness of the baby’s gut.
  3. Avoid antibiotics unless medically necessary. Antibiotics unbalance the microbiota. If antibiotics are necessary, consider using a probiotic in conjunction with the drug treatment to help maintain gut integrity.

If you have any questions about this article either post them in the comments section below or email using the form on my contact page.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Lower back pain, pregnancy and iron deficiency

If you are pregnant and suffer from lower back pain, you are not alone. It has been approximated that about fifty percent of pregnant women will experience some low back pain at some point during or shortly pregnancy(1). This blog outlines the symptoms, possible causes including iron deficiency and the treatment options.

Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

Pregnancy lower back pain usually occurs around your sacral iliac joints at the base of your back. The pain can be both achy and sharp in nature. It is worse on sitting and standing along time and is relieved by walking.  The pain usually comes in the third trimester or during the last three months of pregnancy.

Causes

There are many different reasons why lower back pain occurs in pregnancy. Here are some of the most causes.

  1. Weight gain during pregnancy caused by the growing fetus can pressure on spinal nerves.
  2. Postural changes during pregnancy can affect the position of the pelvis and spine.
  3. Hormonal changes during the third trimester of gestation cause loosening of ligaments in the pelvis and lower back.
  4. Muscle separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy can worsen lower back pain.
  5. Emotional stress experienced during pregnancy can cause lower back pain.
  6. Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in gestation. Iron deficiency causes a reduction of oxygen travelling to the tissues including the muscles. A reduction of oxygen will cause muscles to fatigue quickly resulting in pain. This is why lower back pain caused by iron deficiency worsens on sitting and standing a long time.

If you are pregnant and suffer from lower back pain and suspect that low iron may be the reason, then the first step is to ask your doctor to test your blood test. The standard blood marker used to measure iron is ferritin. Ferritin is a measure of the total amount of iron in the blood. Another, useful measure, is iron saturation. Iron saturation measures the amount of iron that is absorbed into the cells. This marker is helpful if ferritin levels appear healthy but you still suspect that iron deficiency anaemia is the issue.

Supplementation

If your blood results indicate low iron, then supplementation is a quick and efficient first step to help improve symptoms. Some iron supplements can cause constipation especially those prescribed by doctors. I suggest you look for iron glycinate a form that I have found not to cause this problem. If you do not like taking capsules, then a liquid iron supplement such as Floradix is also good.

If you have any questions about this article either post them in the comments section below or email using the form on my contact page.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Kidney Stones – Everything you need to know

If you have suffered from kidney stones you are not alone. According to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, one in ten people will get one kidney stone in their life. That equates to 100,000 people in Ottawa. In this blog, I outline the symptoms, risk factors and natural ways you can help prevent and treat kidney stones.

What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are formed in the kidneys from dietary minerals. The most common of these are composed of calcium oxalate and uric acid. While most stones leave the body without notice, if they are big enough they can become lodged in the ureter and cause symptoms.

Symptoms

Pain is the most disturbing symptom of stones. It usually starts in the back and can travel down to the groin. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. The urine may also appear cloudy and or bloody in appearance.

Risk Factors

Factors that increase the risk of developing kidney stones include:

Genetics – if another family member has kidney stones, you’re more likely to develop stones, too.

Hydration – Not drinking enough water can increase your risk of kidney stones. If you live in a hot climate or sweat a lot you may have a higher risk.

Diet – Consuming a diet that is high in protein, sodium or sugar may increase your risk of stones.

Being overweight – Having a high body mass index may increase your risk of stones,

Digestive conditions – Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis) or chronic diarrhea can increase the formation of stones by affecting the absorption of water and calcium.

Treatment

If you currently have stones, have had them in the past or have a family history then the following measures may help.

Drink more water

The water will make it easier for the body to excrete calcium oxalate.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has been shown to help dissolve stones. Aim for approximately 1/2 cup of lemon juice per day.

Dietary changes

Consider limiting the following foods that have been shown to increase the formation of stones:

  1. Table salt
  2. Grapefruit juice
  3. Calcium supplementation
  4. Soda drinks
  5. High protein foods
  6. High sugar foods
  7. High oxalate foods including beans, nuts, black tea, chocolate, carob, beets, spinach, chard, rhubarb, plantains and sweet potatoes. Avoid these foods particular while symptoms are acute.

Supplementation and Herbals

The following supplements and Herbals are worth considering if you know you have stones and want to help the body excrete them.

  1. Magnesium glycinate
  2. Vitamin B6
  3. Aloe vera juice
  4. Marshmallow root tea

If you have any questions about this article either post them in the comments section below or email using the form on my contact page.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

gout

5 Ways To Help Gout Without Taking Drugs

Gout affects about two per cent of both men over age 30 and women over 50 years old in Canada. In this blog, I outline what gout is, causes and how to treat it naturally with dietary changes and supplementation.

What is Gout?

Gout is a kind of arthritis that is characterised by sudden, sharp attacks of joint pain with redness, heat, and swelling in the afflicted area. It usually affects one joint.

It most frequently affects the joint of the big toe, where it’s also known as podagra, but other toes, as well as knees, can also be affected.

Cause

Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints. Uric acid is produced by the body when breaking down proteins known as purines.

Uric acid normally remains dissolved in the blood and leaves the body via the kidneys and urine.

An excess of uric acid in the blood is caused by an overabundance of purines. The kidneys can only excrete so much uric acid at one time and so the remaining uric acid forms crystals that get deposited in the joints and cause painful inflammation.

Purines

Purines are proteins found in almost every cell in the body and most foods. Some foods have higher concentrations of purines, including organ meats like kidneys, fish like mackerel, herring,  sardines, and mussels, and also yeast.

Uric acid – not all bad

Though an overload of uric acid can lead to gout, recent research has shown that, in proper proportions, uric acid acts as an antioxidant and helps protect the body from free radical damage.

Just like with cholesterol, there is a balance to be kept.

How to help?

While an excess of purines is the primary reason for gout, it is important to remember that the food is not at fault here but rather reduced uric acid metabolism. Just avoiding high purine foods is not enough to resolve the problem.

1. Control Your Blood Sugar

Recent research has shown that poor blood sugar and insulin control through excess consumption of carbohydrates and sugars leads to gout, and not the level of purines.

2. Manage Your Stress

Stressors, both physical and emotional, can cause the body to excrete excess uric acid.

3. Keep Hydrated

When asked what the most important factor for treating gout was, gout expert Bert Middleton, from thegoutkiller.com, said that if he had to pick one determinant, it was dehydration.

4. Check Your Medication

Some drugs that people take for other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart failure, may cause gout. Such drugs include diuretics, beta-blockers, cyclosporine and low-dose aspirin.

5. Try Nutmeg Oil

If you are suffering from an acute attack then applying nutmeg oil to the affected area can be helpful. Nutmeg oil, which is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial is traditionally being used for gout in Asian medicine.

Suggested approach

Just like any other inflammatory condition, the way to help gout is no different. Below is a list of steps for you to consider.

  1. Reduce or better eliminate gluten, dairy and sugar from your diet.
  2. Reduce high purine foods – see above.
  3. Manage your stress levels both physical and emotional.
  4. Drink more water!

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Now I’d like to hear from you. Do you suffer from gout? Have you tried any of the above recommendations in the past? Did they help? Do you have any other suggestions that have worked well for you? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Bedwetting: Everything you need to know

If you have a young child who wets the bed at night, you are not alone. Bedwetting occurs in 15 percent of children at or around the age five years old. In this blog, I outline the different causes of bedwetting in children and the various strategies you could try to help this condition.

What is bedwetting?

Nocturnal enuresis or nighttime urinary incontinence, commonly called bedwetting, is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control usually occurs. Nocturnal enuresis is considered primary when a child has not yet had a prolonged period of being dry. Secondary Nocturnal enuresis is when bedwetting occurs after an extended period of dryness after the age at which bladder control usually occurs.

What are the common causes in children?

In my practice, bedwetting is very rarely the primary reason parents are bringing their children to see me. Bedwetting is usually a secondary to other health concerns including some mental health issues, such as ADD, ADHD or Hyperactivity. Other causes include:

  1. Drinking too much liquid.
  2. Sexual abuse – this typically a secondary cause. When bedwetting occurs after a period of dryness, this cause should be a consideration.
  3. Neurogenic inflammation – caused by consumption of foods that are causing inflammation to the nervous system controlling the urinary system.
  4. A Small bladder.
  5. Genetics – If a child has one parent who was a bed wetter, they are 40% more likely to do the same. And if both parents were bedwetters this increases that rate to 70% likelihood.
  6. Sweets that are eaten just before bedtime.

How can we help?

When looking to help a child with bedwetting, I suggest considering the simplest possible causes first, including:

  1. Avoid drinking liquids after 5 pm.
  2. Avoid sugary foods at supper time.

If the above measures bring no or only partial improvement, then I suggest looking at foods as a trigger. Consider a three-week trial of removing gluten, dairy and sugar-containing foods from the diet. If symptoms improve, reintroduce one food group at a time and monitor for any return of symptoms. If symptoms, do not improve, consider asking your family doctor or health practitioner, for a food sensitivity IgG blood test. This test may bring to light some other inflammatory foods that may be at the root of the symptoms.

Other Alternatives

Although some of the natural remedies below have not been scientifically proven to be useful for treating bedwetting, anecdotal and clinical evidence, persuades me to share them with you.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a form of energetic medicine that stimulates the body to help itself. Homoeopathic remedies come in the form of liquids or small lactose pills. There is some evidence that both Belladonna and Nux Vomica have been helpful in the treatment of bedwetting.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicines come in the form of capsules or alcohol-based liquid tinctures. Herbs that are worth consideration include Uva Ursi, Cranberry, Gentian and St Johns Wort.

If you have any questions about this article either post them in the comments section below or email using the form on my contact page.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence: Everything you need to know

If you live in Ottawa and suffer from Urinary Incontinence, you are not alone. According to the Canadian Continence Foundation, approximately 12% of Canadians experience urinary incontinence, which equates to 120,000 in Ottawa. In this blog, I outline the different types of Incontinence, the risk factors and different strategies you can use to help your symptoms.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence (sometimes called leaky bladder) is the involuntary discharge of urine. It is more common in women than men.

What are the risk factors that lead to Urinary Incontinence?

One risk factor is vaginal birth, particularly greater than one birth. Another risk factor is menopause when there is a weakening of tissues around the vagina due to a drop in estrogen.

There is also a genetic link to incontinence as population studies suggest that women whose other family members have incontinence are more prone to the same.

Types of incontinence

The first type of incontinence is called Stress Incontinence (SI). This type occurs when you’re doing something physical, like coughing, or sneezing, laughing, standing up, and exercising. SI is an anatomical problem due to the weakening of the tissue in and around the vagina and the bladder.

The second kind of incontinence is called Urge Incontinence (UI). UI is categorised by a sudden urge to go to the bathroom, but you just can’t make it in time. This kind of incontinence is more of a neurological problem as opposed to an anatomical problem.

The third kind of incontinence, which is the most common of all types, is called Mixed Incontinence (MI). This is a combination of SI and UI.

The final form of incontinence is called Overflow Incontinence (OI). OI happens when the bladder is full and can’t hold its contents any longer. Then it just releases urine on its own, and this can happen to any of us at any time when we ignore the urge to go.

How can we help Incontinence?

If incontinence is a problem for you then below is a list of steps you could take to help manage your symptoms.

Remove Diuretic Foods

Consider removing diuretic foods from your diet and see if that improves symptoms. The two biggest food diuretics are alcohol and caffeine. If there is little or no change, then you might consider removing all other diuretic foods, which includes: Apple cider vinegar, Artichokes, Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Cranberry juice, Cucumber, dandelion, green tea, fennel, lettuce, nettle, oats, parsley, and melon.

Remove Inflammatory foods

Consider removing inflammatory foods starting with gluten, dairy and sugar, and eating a whole foods diet avoiding processed foods as much as possible. These foods may be causing irritation to your urinary tract.

Evaluate water intake

Of course, too much water intake is going to worsen incontinence in some individuals, but so is too little. Too little water causes the urine to be highly concentrated, and this too can irritate the bladder lining, leading to problems of incontinence. Also, if nighttime leakage is a problem, then try stop drinking water within two hours of bedtime.

Consider medications you are taking

Certain medications especially blood pressure pills can act as diuretics. If you are taking any medications consider asking your doctor or pharmacist whether they might be causing your incontinence.

Pelvic exercises

If incontinence is the result of pelvic muscle weakening then pelvic strengthening, known as Kegeling, can help. To exercise these muscles, just pull in or squeeze your pelvic muscles as if you were trying to stop urine flow and hold this squeeze for about 10 seconds, then rest 10 seconds. You can do sets of 10 to 20 contractions per day.

To learn more about kegeling, check out this video:

If you have any questions about this article either post them in the comments section below or email using the form on my contact page.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Bloating and Gas: Everything you need to know

Intestinal bloating is caused by an excessive build-up of gas in your small intestine. There are two varieties of gas – either regular/chronic gas or severe/acute gas. Gas can be nothing more than a sign that you have swallowed some air but it can also be a sign that you are not correctly assimilating your food.

Chronic gas typically composes of methane. Methane has the adverse impact of exhausting particular short-chain fatty acids that line a healthy large intestine. The prolonged exposure to methane can raise the probability of disease in the colon such as polyps or even cancer.

Symptoms of bloating include distention of the abdomen, abdominal pain, excessive discharge of gas (i.e. farting), and heartburn.

Common Causes of Bloating

  1. Excess intake of caffeine, sugar, alcohol or processed oils
  2. Nutrient insufficiency
  3. Absence of adequate enzymes
  4. Food allergies or sensitivities
  5. Inadequate bile production
  6. Stress
  7. Dysbiosis or bacteria imbalances
  8. Candida
  9. Parasites
  10. SIBO (small intestinal bowel overgrowth)

Treatment for Gas and Bloating

Step One

If you want to try and help reduce your gas and bloating think about how and what you are eating before reaching for a supplement or medication. Here are my top 8 suggestions:

  1. Make sure you chew your food well
  2. Massage your colon, following the line of the colon
  3. Consider removing all dairy products
  4. Soak beans and grains before cooking
  5. Avoid sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol
  6. Try a low FODMAP diet
  7. Do an elimination diet to detect food triggers
  8. Use herbs such as ginger, fennel, anise and cardamom in cooking

Step Two

If step one only partially helps you might want to try supplementation. It is important only to try one supplement at a time so that you know what is working. Here are my top 6 suggestions:

  1. Soil-based probiotics
  2. Digestive enzymes
  3. Enteric coated peppermint oil
  4. Activated charcoal
  5. Fennel ½-1 tsp; 3x per day
  6. Fermented apple cider vinegar with meals

Step Three

If you are still suffering from gas and bloating, after steps one and two, it is time to utilise some functional lab testing. The two most common tests I use in my Functional Medicine practice are:

  1. A Stool Test is looking for Candida and parasites.
  2. A Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) breath test.

If you have any questions about this article either post them in the comments section below or email using the form on my contact page.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.