Added: Wed. Dec 12, 2012 11:20am
Can You Get Rid of an Uncomfortable Bloated Stomach?
It's no secret that as we age it can become more difficult to enjoy a meal without suffering digestive discomfort. For every 10 years of life the pancreas produces fewer digestive enzymes and, on top of that, today’s modern diets are largely void of natural plant enzymes. This lack of natural enzymes requires the body to work harder, thereby straining our internal organs and digestive system. Oleda Baker now at 78
A bloated stomach can have several causes and is not to be confused with Belly Fat, which are fatty cells that you can't get rid of it without losing weight through diet and exercise. A bloated stomach can usually be flattened…..if you can figure out what is causing the discomfort…here’s the story:
Stomach discomfort is when the abdomen feels full and tight, even before eating. It most often occurs in the small intestine rather than the stomach, as most people believe. The most common cause is irregular digestion that produces gas at a higher rate than normal, often caused by:
-- Eating too fast
-- Air swallowing (a nervous habit)
-- Intolerance to dairy products
-- Certain food intolerances
-- Poor elimination
-- Lack of enzymes
At the beginning of a health diet, a sudden increase in fiber from vegetables, fruits and beans could cause discomfort. If this occurs, simply ease up on these foods and reintroduce them more gradually.
If you are eating late at night, or drinking too much alcohol, it will encourage the build up of acid. The digestive system works more effectively when you are up and about for at least 3 hours, not after eating before retiring and lying flat. A large meal can also cause discomfort as the stomach becomes distended and certain foods produce more gas than others. Intolerance to some foods can cause abdominal discomfort
Digestion is a series of chemical reactions that break down food into components from which we derive energy. The remaining material is waste and is eliminated through the intestinal tract.
Some of those wastes are gases that are normally managed easily by the elasticity of the intestinal canal. Sometimes, however, large pockets of gases stretch the gut wall past its comfortable elastic limit and we feel uncomfortable by an expansion in the abdomen. It may even become difficult to fit into your jeans.
There is only one way to identify food intolerance and that's by the process of elimination… one food at a time.
Once you or your doctor has determined there is no medical condition causing the excessive gas, you can begin eliminating foods that may be causing the symptoms.
Continue to eat as you normally do, but eliminate one gas producing food for at least a week. If there is no lessening of gas, put that food back in the diet and go on to eliminate another one. Follow this procedure until all gas producing foods are tested.
Experience tells us that beans (all types), milk, and milk products may be the worst offenders in causing gas. Other troublesome foods include onions, celery, carrots, raisins, apricots, prune juice, wheat products, and Brussels sprouts.
A well balanced intestinal enzyme builder supplement could help create a more comfortable and flatter stomach. This balance should contain a high amount, and a variety, of enzymes like Ginger Root, Fennel Seed, Clove Powder, Simethicone, Peppermint Leaves Ext, Acid Stable Protease, as well as other necessary ingredients, that address the various types of food: protein, fats, starches, dairy, plant, vegetable material and sugar.
Until next time,Love Oleda
To learn more about digestive enzymes, click here.
Biography: Oleda Baker, now 78, began her career as a high fashion model with the prestigious Wilhelmina Model Agency, in New York City. She is the author of ten books on beauty, health and anti-aging and one novel Reluctant Goddess. She is founder and CEO of Oleda and Company, Inc., her 40-year-old anti-aging products company for skin, hair, diet, energy, nutritional supplement products as well as special makeup (www.oleda.com). Oleda is also a visionary artist. Her oil paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries around the country (www.oledaart.com). Find her on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/oleda.baker.