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Bloating: What to Do About It

From eNewsletter 1/11/2023

DID YOU KNOW that as a New Year's resolution, many choose to switch to plant-based diets? For reasons below, never do this without speaking to a knowledgable health professional. As a general rule, there are very few people in which we would recommend a plant-based diet exclusively. A study from BMC Medicine of over 26,000 middle-aged women revealed those with a vegetarian diet had a 33% higher risk of hip fracture compared to regular meat-eaters. Those who follow a vegetarian lifestyle have around twice as many depressive episodes as those who eat meat, according to a study in Journal of Affective Disorders. Researchers in The Journal of Nutrition found that approximately half of total protein intake by adults must be animal-based to meet nutrient-based recommendations. Most existing plant-based protein products are extracted from a cultivated plant, such as soybeans, and separated from the plant's other components. The protein is then subjected to high pressure and temperature, which restructures the proteins, known as texturization, so that a product can be meatier and chewier in combination with other ingredients. Thus, the nutritional value of meat substitutes is often deficient in key nutrients but contain an overabundance of nutrients such as sodium, as reported in a recent Nutrients study.


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  • 1 in 7 Have Bloating Issues

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  • Case Report

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1 in 7 Have Bloating Issues

Steve: You heard it correctly. 1 in 7 Americans experience bloating on a daily basis, according to a study from Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Twice as many women suffer from it than men. The list of reasons for bloating are vast, so how would you begin to address it? Of course, you should always discuss the issue with a health professional that has expertise in bloating. Here is a list of the most common reasons for bloating, but this is by no means a complete list.

  • Stress/Anxiety/Mood;

  • Plant-based or diets that are diametrically opposed to your individual needs;

  • Overtly acidic or alkaline pH

  • Food intolerances;

  • Dysbiosis of intestinal bacteria (more bad bacteria than good);

  • Lack of fiber/constipation;

  • Excessive sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption;

  • Yeast overgrowth;

  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth);

  • Sedentary activity;

  • Weak core (abdominal muscles);

  • Hormonal imbalance;

  • Menstruation;

  • Habitual kombucha or similar beverage consumption;

  • Possibly a more insidious digestive disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

As you can surmise, there are myriad ways to address and ameliorate bloating. So don't suffer unnecessarily and make an appointment with a knowledgable health professional to get to the root cause.


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