25 Nov Are you tired and suffer from bloating?
An article by Dr. Roxanna Gunter
Fatigue and bloating are a common duo in today’s world. The most common time people tend to feel this is after eating. Most people have come to consider bloating and fatigue after eating as normal, and today I am here to tell you it isn’t!
If you are eating the correct diet for your body, you should feel light and energize after eating.
What are some of the causes of fatigue and bloating?
It is important for your Doctor or Homeopath to first exclude other causes of fatigue like an underactive thyroid gland, a deficiency in Vitamin B12, or low Iron levels.
These should be done with blood tests to determine the medical causes of fatigue. If the blood work comes back normal and you’re still exhausted, then we need to look at lifestyle causes.
Of course, stress plays a big role, but before jumping to the psychological causes it is so important to figure out if it is diet-related! The combination of both fatigue together with bloating is a tell-tale sign of either Gut Dysbiosis or an underlying Food intolerance or both.
What is gut dysbiosis?
Gut dysbiosis is a term that describes a disturbed microbiome. The microbiome is a term for the organisms (bacterial and other types) that reside in our gut and exist as healthy populations in a complex gut-associated ecosystem.
These predominantly bacterial organisms are vital in keeping us healthy. Some of their functions is to absorb nutrients, produce vitamins, and assist the healthy function of the immune system. For various reasons the Gut Microbiome can become compromised, a term we refer to as “Gut Dysbiosis”.
This can occur as a result of taking the Oral Contraceptive pill (OCP), after taking antibiotics, or from eating the wrong diet high in refined carbohydrates and too many fizzy drinks and sugars.
When this occurs, growth of Candida Albicans and other organisms that would normally not occur in such high amounts compromises the healthy functioning gut and bloating & fatigue is one such symptom of this.
What are food intolerances?
Food intolerances are immune reactions to food. The body produces antibodies in response to certain foods that we eat, and this frequently goes undetected. Symptoms of food intolerances include bloating, trapped gas, fatigue, chronic sinusitis, and postnasal drip.
Eczema and asthma can also be related to food intolerances. The best way to find out if you have this problem is to get tested, then change your diet accordingly.