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Natural Fast Relief from Christmas Bloating with Probiotics

Date: 14th December 2015 | Created by: Troo Healthcare | Tags: bloating, bloating relief, probiotics, acidophilus
Bloating is a common symptom when your intestinal bacteria are out of balance. This can be especially common during the Christmas holidays when unhealthy, heavy food is almost everywhere. Moreover, most of us seem to crave unhealthier foods during the winter more than we do during the summer, foods that pose a special challenge to our digestive systems.

What Exactly is Bloating?

Bloating is the feeling of being extremely full of food and gas. Given that a high percentage of GP consultations involve discussions on digestive health in the UK according to gut and liver disease fighting charity Core, digestive discomfort, including symptoms of bloating, is on the rise.

Bloating normally coincides with flatulence, burping, and bowels that groan and rumble. It is also common for your stomach to become visibly swollen. Most of us experience some degree of bloating after large meals, especially if they included piles of refined carbohydrates, greasy meat, and carbonated drinks. And long term bloating could be a sign of severe dysbiosis.

Unhealthy Holiday Habits that Cause Bloating

  • The consumption of unhealthy, fatty foods. Fats digests slower than proteins and carbohydrates, so your stomach remains full for much longer after a fatty meal than after a low fat meal. This is not to say all fats are bad for your health, but some such as trans fats and vegetable oils that have been cooked to high temperature are. All those meats and creamy puddings on the Christmas table may taste great at the time, but they will almost certainly slow the digestion of your Christmas meal because they are often laden with health hindering fats, and thereby prevent your stomach from emptying quickly. Consuming the wrong type of fat is also more likely to cause heartburn, and bloating often results from heartburn.

  • The consumption of unhealthy, refined carbohydrates. Scientists have proved that people who eat a varied healthy diet have a diverse collection of intestinal bacteria, while those who eat mostly carbohydrates have an overgrowth of only one or two types. It is always better to have different types of gut bacteria, as this gives the good bacteria a fair chance to curb the overgrowth of the bad bacteria. Moreover, intestinal bacteria produce gas, which is a major contributing factor of bloating that is hugely exacerbated by bacterial overgrowth.

    Unfortunately, many of us crave carbohydrates during the winter, partly because they are packed with calories and make us feel warm, and partly because they stimulate the neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical in our brains that make us feel happy to combat the winter blues. You must fight those cravings by eating proteins and fibrous carbohydrates, plentiful in hardy dishes like vegetable stews, wholegrain and vegetable bowls, lentil and vegetable soups, and bean stews. At all those Christmas parties, keep your consumption of pies, breads, pizzas, cakes, cookies, and baked puddings to the minimum, as these will be full of refined, bleached and nutrient lacking grains.

  • Sudden change in diet. Very few people eat the same foods over Christmas that they do during the rest of the year, primarily because so many of us eat away from home. If you are used to whole grains and vegetables and you suddenly switch to animal proteins and sugary desserts, or you visit your healthy family for Christmas where you are fed fibrous whole grains, green vegetables, and pulses, your body will naturally struggle to digest the unfamiliar food.

  • Large portions. Large portions are not only harder to digest, which causes indigestion, but they ruin the balance between the amount you eat and drink. Eating substantially more than you drink causes constipation, another contributing factor behind bloating, because your body needs water to soften the food so it can pass comfortably through your intestines. If you have both indigestion and constipation, bloating is almost guaranteed.

How Do Probiotics Work?

Our intestines are filled with at least 1.5 kilograms of bacteria. At this stage, researchers are not completely sure why we have so many of them, but they are known to;
  • Aid digestion of some foods,
  • Crowd out potentially harmful bacteria that we may accidentally consume in our food.
  • Teach our immune systems the difference between harmless and harmful bacteria.
  • An increasing number of researchers are starting to believe that the good bacteria contribute to the maintenance of a healthy body weight.
Probiotic supplements are becoming increasingly popular for many as they bring relief for many unwanted digestive troubles, as they can help give us an immediate boost to our own supplies of live bacteria that keep our digestive tracts healthy.

Probiotics At Work – In Depth Analysis

  1. The good bacteria in probiotic supplements help to crowd out the unhealthy bacteria and prevent them from proliferating out of control in your intestines. When the unhealthy bacteria outnumber the good bacteria, it is called dysbiosis. The symptoms include bloating, indigestion, constipation, flatulence, and sometimes diarrhoea. This is why researchers at the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders believe that probiotics can combat bloating for many who experience these symptoms.

  2. Probiotics may combat indigestion and bloating by preventing gluten sensitivity and the inflammatory damage it causes in the digestive tract. Since researchers estimate that between 10 and 20 per cent of people have some level of gluten insensitivity, this can make a big difference this festive season, especially because of all the cakes, cookies, puddings, and other grain rich foods we eat.

  3. Probiotics that contain the bacterial strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium have been found to alleviate lactose intolerance. If you're lactose intolerant, as approximately 70 per cent of adults are believed to be, your body cannot absorb the lactose (sugar) found in dairy products. Undigested lactose in your intestines causes indigestion, bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, and even diarrhoea. If these good bacteria in your probiotic supplement can help you absorb the lactose, a lot of these symptoms will be reduced when you eat your cheesy sources, creamy puddings, and other dairy rich foods.

  4. Lactobacillus acidophilus, included in most good probiotics, can reduce abdominal bloating in people whose digestive tract organs are normal, but who experience bloating.

Choosing A Good Quality Probiotic Is Vital

Acidophilus Complete is an excellent probiotic supplement that includes all of the most important Acidophilus Probiotic Capsulesbacterial strains previously mentioned.

Acidophilus Complete contains eight different bacterial strains, and each capsule contains guaranteed 10 billion good bacteria that are delivered straight to your intestines using targetted release capsules. You will have to eat 40 tubs of probiotic yoghurt to obtain the same number of healthy bacteria.

F.O.S. (fructooligosaccharides), a prebiotic, has also been added to the formula to allow the existing and delivered probiotics to thrive. Think of F.O.S as the fertiliser and the probiotics as the seeds. This makes Acidophilus Complete a very effective way of helping you maintain healthy bacterial balance.

If you would like to learn more, or to see our full range of quality probiotics then please click here.

Bloating Doesn’t Have To Ruin Your Christmas

The holiday season is a time to be enjoyed with friends and family. Bloating can spoil this happy period by causing embarrassing flatulence, abdominal pain, and frequent bathroom visits because of constipation or diarrhoea.

A good quality probiotic supplement, taken several weeks in advance for best results, can help you enjoy your Christmas celebrations without having stomach problems rule your holiday.

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