What Causes My Bloating? And How Do I Fix It?

What causes my bloating and how do I fix it?

We have all experienced bloating at one point or another.

And one thing we can all agree on, it is frustrating!

The abdominal discomfort, the achy stomach, the distended belly, are all annoying to say the least and debilitating at worst.

But how do you get rid of your bloating?

What is the cause of bloating?

Until now, common attempts at remedy such as not swallowing excess air or not eating gaseous vegetables were well-intentioned, but minimally effective at best. 

Their ineffectiveness stems from treating only the symptoms and failing to target the root cause.

Recent research indicates the cause of bloating and associated gut issues are due to bacteria

Specifically, bacteria in the wrong place

How Is Bloating Caused by Bacteria?

When bacteria multiply and hang out in the small intestine, they give off Hydrogen gas as a byproduct. 

Once there is a proliferation of Hydrogen, this causes another actor, the archaebacteria, to enter the scene.

The archaebacteria is a very old species of bacteria. 

They love Hydrogen and use it as a fuel source, giving off two other gases as byproducts; Methane and Hydrogen Sulfide

These gases have adverse effects on your body, causing bloating and abdominal discomfort alone or bloating and discomfort accompanied by diarrhea, constipation or both.  

Once Methane is present in the small intestine, it acts as a paralytic and causes the small intestine to slow down, which allows more bacteria and archaebacteria to accumulate. 

This in turn, releases more of the adverse gases and the cycle continues. 

Where once the small intestine was a free-flowing stream, we now have a stagnant pond.

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