Colon Hydrotherapy and Abdominal Bloating
Feeling gassy, due to abdominal bloating and trapped wind can be a result of many different factors. More women tend to suffer from abdominal bloating than men which is often due to hormonal imbalances. Other factors which can contribute to bloating are:
Chewing your food – When your mother used to tell you to ‘chew properly’, she wasn’t kidding. Digestion begins in the mouth, so not chewing your food properly means that your stomach and small intestine will have a lot more work to do which can create air as a by-product, leading to a gassy build up and bloating.
Talking while you eat – If you like to chat while eating, you will tend to swallow more air as you chew. This increased intake of air will filter into your digestive system and cause bloating.
Dietary factors – Intolerances due to certain types of food can cause bloating. Foods that are highly refined, highly processed and which have a high-fat content are most often the worst culprits. Keeping a food diary and then using a process of elimination may help you to better identify which foods may be adding to your abdominal bloating distress.
Carbohydrates such as wheat or grains, potatoes and corn can produce gas when they are digested in the large intestine. Following a gluten-free and low carb diet could make you feel much better and help cut down the bloat.
Lactose, the sugar found in milk, can promote gas and bloating in some people. As we get older, the lactase enzyme that digests milk becomes depleted or disappears altogether so our bodies start to battle processing dairy products such as cheese, milk, yoghurt and ice-cream. Look for alternatives to dairy products, should you find that they are contributing to your abdominal bloating.
Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and Brussel sprouts are known as ‘gassy foods’ and should be chewed as thoroughly as possible to help with the digestion of them.
Soluble fibre, found in oat bran, peas, beans and most fruits is broken down when it reaches the large intestine and produces gas. Fibre is important for keeping you feeling full and regulating your bowels, while also lowering the risk of heart disease, so it is important to keep eating fibre-rich foods. Interestingly, by eating more fibre-rich foods, you can help your body to build up a tolerance and actually prevent stomach distress and bloating. Remember to drink plenty of water to help the process along.
Everyone is unique and what causes gas for one person, may not affect another. Along with finding out what factors from the above are playing a big role in contributing to your abdominal bloating, colon hydrotherapy is also another helpful and safe way to assist your body to rid itself of gas build up.
The faecal matter which is not released properly from your body will generate the perfect environment for the growth of bad bacteria which also causes gas and bloating. Colon hydrotherapy serves to remove this harmful and dried out toxic waste that may be clinging to the walls of your large intestine and helps to restore the environment to a healthier state – which means that what you eat digests faster and more effectively. The shorter transit time of food through a healthy colon means that there is less time for the bacteria to produce gas and make you feel bloated.
Dr Alain Sanua is a qualified medical doctor currently practising integrated medicine. Contact him today to discuss how you can best manage your abdominal bloating and restore your colon to optimum health.