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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
ND, Dip Nutr, Dip Herb, MBANT, MURHP, MCNHC

Beat the Bloat!

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Christmas is the opportunity to spend time with friends and family enjoying the festivities, sharing meals, giving presents and having the odd seasonal drink or two! After all the canapés, Christmas Day lunches, Boxing Day leftovers, are you now suffering from overindulging as part of "the gift of Christmas"? Maybe this is showing itself as tight waistbands, heartburn, bloating or even constipation or stomach cramps. This is your body's way of saying "I can't cope".

Bloating in the lower abdominal area of the digestive system after eating can be caused by a number of factors. Bloating can be a sign that the digestive system is malfunctioning
Bloating in the lower abdominal region 1 or 2 hours after eating can be symptoms of enzyme deficiency especially if you suffer from constipation/diarrhoea as well.

However if you suffer from pain in the abdomen with bloating and discomfort maybe with unexplained depression, anxiety, skin rashes or fatigue it may be a food intolerance.
Food intolerances are more and more common these days - many people are finding that they are sensitive to wheat and wheat products and dairy is another common food allergen. Sometimes people are not able to digest cheese for example and coffee, tea and alcohol can cause indigestion to start.

Bloating can also be a sign of a condition known as Dysbiosis. If you suffer from disturbed bowel functions such as diarrhoea and constipation or a combination of both or you suffer from excessive flatulence and abdominal bloating then you should consider rebalancing your gut flora by taking a course of probiotics especially if you have recently taken a course of anti-biotics or you have had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea.

Other problems such as Candida overgrowth, Parasites and Worms and leaky Gut can also present themselves as bloating and discomfort and should be investigated by a Nutritional Therapist who will be able to identify your symptoms and make recommendations for a nutritional support programme.

Taking all of this into consideration, it is also important to take your time when eating. Sit down and relax, don't eat while you're working or while you're rushing around. Chew your food properly and take your time!

Remember: One should eat to live, not live to eat Benjamin Franklin


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  • "Andrea quite literally changed my life, by working with me on a personal level she gave me the small changes my body needed. I met Andrea and worked with her because of extreme abdominal pain that occurred every month, some months worse that others. The advice given by Andrea enabled me to make small and manageable changes that have resulted in a pain free year for me and increased energy and sense of well being. "Clare