What Causes Bloating of the Stomach and Gas?
It’s 3 a.m., and you wake up from a deep sleep, groggy and with a stomach that feels full and tight. This makes the third time this week that it’s happened, and you know that isn’t normal. As you twist around in bed trying to get comfortable, you realize that you have gas, too. A few belches help a little, but it’s not going to be enough. You get out of bed with a sigh and head to the medicine cabinet for an antacid, wishing you knew what was causing all this and how you could make it go away for good.
If this sounds familiar to you, you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from gas and stomach bloating. These two conditions often occur together and can be the result of several digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome and swallowed air stuck in your colon. Most causes of stomach bloating and gas are relatively harmless, but sometimes these symptoms can signal a more serious problem like celiac disease. If your gas and bloating are the result of a poor diet, you can treat them with a natural, healthy diet that uses the principles of food combining.
Bloating of the stomach occurs when gas that has built up in your stomach and intestines isn’t expelled through flatulence or belching. Stomach bloating is frequently accompanied by mild or severe abdominal pain. This is what wakes most sufferers up during the night. It is often caused by eating fatty foods, because these foods are hard to digest and stay in the stomach the longest. Other causes include high levels of stress, a gastrointestinal infection, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance or celiac disease.
See a doctor if your symptoms also include bloody stools, vomiting, severe abdominal or chest pain or diarrhea. If your doctor rules out any serious conditions as being the cause of your stomach bloating, you will need to make changes in your diet to reduce the amount of gas that’s produced in your body. These changes are easily brought about by food combining.
Gas is the result of undigested food fermenting in your colon. This food is usually high-fiber plant food. Gas may also form if your digestive system doesn’t fully break down components in your food such as gluten or sugar. Other causes of gas are changes in intestinal bacteria, constipation, swallowed air that reaches the colon and carbohydrate malabsorption. As with stomach bloating, gas can also signal irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance.
You should visit a doctor if you experience similar symptoms as those that can occur with bloating, such as diarrhea, severe pain, vomiting or fever. Like stomach bloating, gas symptoms can be treated and cured through modifying your diet to natural, unprocessed foods eaten by using the food combining system.
So what is food combining and how can it help with your stomach bloating or gas? Food combining is a technique that advocates eating healthy, natural foods with a similar makeup together and not combining foods that have different digestive needs. Foods like meat and dairy that contain protein, for example, need hydrochloric acid and pepsin to break down in your stomach. But starchy carbohydrates like breads and carrots require an alkaline environment that starts with the enzyme ptyalin to digest easily.
When you mix food types, the result is improper digestion. This can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, and that’s just the beginning. By correctly combining your foods, you will eliminate all these problems and have a healthier, stronger stomach in as little as 24 hours.
If you’re ready to stop stomach bloating or gas and start feeling better, switch to unprocessed foods and food combining. Not only will your digestive ailments go away, you will be healthier than ever.
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