Do you struggle with constant bloating after drinking or eating? Does it feel like your stomach is expanding to the size of a balloon? Roughly 30 percent of Americans report regular stomach bloating, which often can be painful and discomforting. This causes individuals to seek answers, and discover why they have long-term bloating.
This is a question we can help answer at The Epigenetics Healing Center. The process of solving stomach bloating begins with thorough testing. The adult human body consists of roughly 1.5 gallons of blood, however, with only a small sample we can determine a lot of what is going on inside.
Information Gained from Blood Testing
- Red blood cell count
- White blood cell count
- Platelet levels
- Hemoglobin levels
- Blood glucose levels
- Total Cholesterol (LDL/HDL)
- Hormone levels
- Protein deficiencies
- Nutrient levels
- Organ functionality
Results from thorough testing help point to possible deficiencies, allergies, and impaired functionality that is causing issues like inflammation, and thus stomach bloating.
Possible Reasons for Your Stomach Bloating
Without test results, a reason for your stomach issues is impossible to conclude. However, we have found that many cases stem from a specific pool of problems. Luckily, with the right adjustments, these issues can be reversed.
Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth: Abbreviated as SIBO, this condition consists of when too much bacteria exist in the small intestine. This bacteria eats away at food and produces an excess of stomach gases. SIBO is most common in women and older adults.
Lack of Stomach Acid: Stomach acid is often thought of as an enemy, especially in acid reflux cases. However, a lack of stomach acid prevents proper food digestion and weakens gut health. These low levels of stomach acid can be expressed in stomach bloating.
Liver Problems: The liver is responsible for a variety of tasks within the body, but focuses on filtering blood from the digestive tract and detoxifying chemicals. Liver enzymes help break down food, and low levels can disturb the proper digestive process.
Kidney Concerns: Stomach bloating not only happens because of food consumption but can also occur from drinking. When an excess of liquid is retained by the body due to a filtration issue, stomach bloating may occur.
Food Intolerance: One of the most common causes of stomach bloating is a food intolerance. Highly processed foods are not meant to be digested first and foremost. Additionally, lactose, gluten, and fiber products also present problems for the digestive system for some individuals. Testing can help reveal allergies that might be the root cause of your stomach issues.
How to Stop Stomach Bloating
Many stomach issues arise from an inflammation response. Reducing the triggers that cause the body to elicit that response will dramatically limit your stomach bloating troubles. Once your cause is identified, Dr. Goodbiner and staff can begin to develop a specialized plan to improve the afflicted area.
Whether that involves creating an entirely new diet regiment, developing a nutrient supplement plan, or impacting other lifestyle factors — The Epigenetics Healing Center will better your stomach bloat struggles. Schedule an appointment today, and let’s solve your discomfort.
Jay Goodbinder DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.