What causes Bloating?Bloating is often caused by swallowing extra air. This usually comes about by drinking through a straw, chewing gum, or drinking carbonated beverages. Overeating, eating too quickly, or not chewing your food enough are additional causes. An insufficient amount of good bacteria in your intestines can also lead to bloating. Those good bacteria help digest your food, but if there are not enough of them, your food will not pass through your intestines as quickly. As a result, gas builds up in the gut producing bloating. Foods that contain starch, sugar, or sweeteners promote bloating as well. Common examples of sweeteners include fructose and sorbitol.
Fibre is not always the answer…When it comes to digestive health, fibre is often celebrated as the “sure-fix” ingredient. However, fibre has the ability to help or hurt your digestive health. And it all depends on which form of bacteria dominates your gut. Since your digestive system cannot break down fibre, your gut bacteria break down fibre for you. This beneficial relationship helps you as well as the bacteria, because fibre promotes bacterial growth. So...
- If good bacteria outnumber bad bacteria in your colon, then fibre improves digestive health and reduces bloating by increasing your good bacteria
- If bad bacteria outnumber good bacteria in your colon, then fibre harms digestive health and expands bloating by increasing your bad bacteria