What do you do for bloating?

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   Posted 4/3/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   

How do you deal with the bloating?  I am nearing retirement age, but I look like I am 7 months pregnant.  I have tried pills for gas and heartburn.  My diet is bland and I find the bloating happens even if I have broth and plain pasta.  Once the bloating starts, the pain sets in and travels from my stomach around to my back.  I had a Colonoscopy and Endoscopy and the GI found I have hiatal hernia, Gastritis and GERD but she can’t explain the bloating and pain.  I am scheduled for a Capsule Endoscopy but the GI is unsure what is the problem.  My pants don’t fit - I have to wear loose pants with a gathered waist and yet I haven’t gained weight.  I am in the normal range for weight and look fine except for my "pregnant" belly.


Is this happening to anyone else?

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   Posted 4/3/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Bloating is usually caused by an overgrowth of bad gut flora and a lack of the good. It can also be caused by food allergies and sensitivities. You mention pasta. Wheat is one of the major offenders and carbs in general feed the bad gut bugs, making an overgrowth worse.

The best way to treat it is to identify and eliminate offending foods, restore good gut flora with probiotics, improve digestion with enzymes and/or address any overgrowth (often it's candida) with antifungals. Check out Elson Haas' book The False Fat Diet to learn more. It was an eye opener for me. And yes, my mother once asked me if I was pregnant.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Using fibre supplements got rid of my bloating and excessive gas issues, still take the fibre supplements (as suggested by my GI) and still have my bloating and excessive gas issues completely under control. Probitocs should help too, I use both, fibre supplements and probiotics but I didn't add the probiotics until a couple of yrs after already doing the fibre supplements.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wrote this on another blog because I have the same problem I treat the gas and bloating with charcoal tabs, they are sold where vitamins are it seems to help. I think it works the same way in a sense when someone ingests something bad they will at times give you charcoal in the ER, I believe it somehow rids the body of toxins. I think though you have to wait like an hour or maybe two before meds and charcoal as it will absorb up the good stuff the meds are supposed to do. Hope this helps
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