Written by Julia Mellios
Your gut is one of the hardest working systems in your body. Meal after meal, it hustles to digest your food and extract the nutrients required to sustain you. Despite it’s solid work ethic, your gut can experience occasional performance hiccups, leading to digestive symptoms. While many of these are normal, others may indicate something more serious. Read on to discover what your symptoms say about your gut and ways to improve them.
Normal, Everyday Symptoms
Transient Belly Bloating
What is it? Short-lived abdominal swelling due to trapped gas.
During and after meals, your gut produces enzymes and acids that break down your food, creating gas during this process. While bloating isn’t considered normal, it commonly occurs if you deviate from your standard diet, such as eating larger portions, rich and fatty meals or foods that are more laborious to breakdown, including excess carbohydrates and fibre. These place more burden on your digestive processes, subsequently increasing gas production and bloating.
Symptoms That Require Attention
If you regularly experience one or more problematic symptoms, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner for further investigation, particularly if it is new or getting worse. Additionally, healthcare Practitioners have a suite of testing available to investigate the driver behind your symptoms. For instance, a stool test enables Practitioners to identify all of the bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit your gut and how they contribute to your gut function and digestive symptoms.
Ditch the Gut Glitches
Don’t let your gut feelings bum you out! Instead, switch up your diet and lifestyle habits and rid yourself of symptoms such as bloating, gurgles and gas. If your gut symptoms are troubling you, speak with a natural healthcare Practitioner for a comprehensive plan to get you gut comfort, today.
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