What Causes Bloating and Excessive Gas?

Determine the reason for your stomach bloat and gas problems
To avoid the uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms of excessive gas and stomach bloating, it is important to know what’s causing the production of that extra gas in the first place. Here are four facts that can contribute to stomach bloat and excessive gas problems.

  • Incomplete Protein Digestion
  • Inability to Break Down Sugars
  • Bacterial Imbalance
  • Bad Gallbladder

Incomplete Protein Digestion
Excessive intestinal gas is most often due to not being able to digest proteins correctly. Protein requires a lot of stomach acid to get broken down, so if your intestinal tract is too alkaline, protein won’t be broken down completely. It will just ferment and putrefy, causing stomach bloat and excessive gas after eating, fullness, heartburn, and sometimes vomiting. Luckily there are some easy, all-natural ways to help you with protein digestion.
Inability to Break Down Sugars
Another big reason particular foods cause intestinal gas is from your body’s inability to digest certain complex sugar compounds (humans don’t produce the alpha glactosidase enzymes necessary to digest the complex sugars called oligosaccharides).
When these undigested compounds reach the intestines, they begin to ferment and release gas.
Bacterial Imbalance
Every day there is a constant battle going on in your bowels as the good beneficial bacteria your stomach needs, tries to create a healthy environment but the “bad” bacteria try to establish dominance. Your gastrointestinal tract is very vulnerable to a huge amount of harmful bacteria that can enter your body through food and water. If these toxic invaders are left to multiply on a regular basis, they can create a bacterial imbalance that can cause a
whole host of digestive problems including belching, stomach bloat, and excessive gas. That’s why I believe it is imperative to include certain foods in your diet that can help encourage the growth of “good” probiotic bacteria in the bowels and get rid of gas and bloating problems, as well as the right digestive enzymes supplements.
Bad Gallbladder
Your gallbladder is like a small sack that stores and regulates bile. Bile is a fluid made in the liver that is essential to the digestion of fat. As fat from your food passes into the small intestine, the gallbladder dumps in the proper amount of bile to aid in fat digestion. But if the gallbladder becomes clogged with stones or the bile becomes thick and sluggish, you may experience extremely uncomfortable bloating from 5 to 20 minutes after eating, along with other symptoms of a bad gallbladder.
What’s a person to do?
Many times these stomach disorders do not go away with over-the-counter remedies found in your local drug store. Getting to the root cause of your distress rather than masking it with medicines is the only way to alleviate these problems for good!
We here at Integrative Wellness Centers, specialize in digestive, elimination, hormone and energy loss disorders as well as many other problems. We can do specific testing with your blood, urine or even saliva to figure out what’s causing your issues of digestive distress and more.
We want you to be able to stop the rollercoaster effect of always trying to fix your tummy troubles on your own with things that don’t really work, and get to the bottom of these problems once and for all. Give our office a call and get started on your path to great health.


About The Doctor

Dr. Josh Shields D.C., C.F.M.P is the clinic director and owner of Integrative Wellness Centers. He is a board certified functional medicine practitioner (1 of only 8000 in the U.S.) and has traveled the country as a consultant and educator of functional medicine for other professionals. Dr. Shields is recognized as an industry leader for pioneering and developing natural programs geared toward helping people reverse chronic disease and helping “healthy” people who want to become healthier. Don’t be surprised if you see doctors from other clinics spending the day and doing rounds trying to discover why Dr. Shields’ care is so effective.Dr. Shields has been helping patients for over thirteen years and has helped more than 2,000 patients successfully. Dr. Shields has been featured as an expert on several health and wellness topics for fortune 500 companies like GE capital and Comerica Bank. He is also a registered speaker for the American Diabetes Association.He and his wife have 3 children and currently live in the Novi, Michigan area.

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