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Do you get belching and gas after eating?

You shouldn’t really have belching or gas after a meal and if you do, it’s a strong indicator of digestive problems. But don’t worry, you can take simple steps to improve things, as I describe below. Belching and gas typically indicate that you have low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) or pancreatic insufficiency (low pancreatic enzyme levels), or that you have bacterial overgrowth in your gut (SIBO). The sooner you belch or feel bloated after eating, the more likely it is to be low stomach acid causing the problem, and the longer the symptoms take to kick in, the more likely...

Gut transit time and how to assess it

Gut transit time can be tested at home very easily and it gives you a nice estimate of how well your digestive system is functioning. Disorders like IBS, chronic constipation and diarrhoea are very common so it’s wise to regularly gauge your digestive health. You don’t always need expensive lab tests or trips to the doctor to do this. If your gut transit time is too fast, you wont digest and absorb nutrients properly. On the other hand, if it is too slow, you will get backed up, constipated and actually reabsorb toxins that your body is trying to...

Histamine intolerance: is it causing your symptoms?...

If you have heartburn, bloating, wind, abdominal pain, headaches, a blocked nose and other common symptoms, the culprit may be histamine intolerance. Red wine. Aged cheese. Citrus fruits. Sauerkraut. Bacon. These foods are ok, right? Yes, for many people these foods work great, but not if you have a histamine intolerance. These and other popular foods are capable of causing all manner of symptoms, including migraines, hives, anxiety, acid reflux, and nasal congestion. What is histamine intolerance? If you haven’t heard of histamine intolerance, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s hard to diagnose and can cause a lot of...

How Candida causes heartburn, bloating and other nasty symptoms...

I’m shocked that the medical system doesn’t really consider Candida overgrowth when people have irritable bowels and other ongoing symptoms. Apart from H pylori infection, Candida overgrowth is probably the number one challenge I’ve helped people deal with over the years. It’s really common and causes a whole host of digestive symptoms – oral thrush, white coated tongue, bad breath, heartburn, bloating, constipation, IBS and diarrhoea. Candida can also cause fatigue, mood and memory problems, skin problems, athletes foot, jock itch and dandruff. Here’s a short video explaining Candida in a wee bit more detail: What causes Candida? Candida...

What is SIBO and how does it cause IBS?

What is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and is it making you feel unwell? The food you eat, the way you eat it, and infections like H pylori, parasites and Candida can all cause digestive symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome. But there’s another common, yet frequently overlooked problem that isn’t very well known. SIBO – or ‘small intestinal bacterial’ overgrowth – is a relatively common condition among people with digestive symptoms. But what is SIBO, exactly? Well, it’s a condition in which large numbers of bacteria from your large intestine, or colon, end up in your small intestine...

IBS

IBS: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Intestinal Bull Shit?” I’d like to make a fairly controversial comment at the outset, which is: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn’t really exist!” In fact, I prefer to call IBS “Intestinal Bull Shit” Let me explain what I mean: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a ‘catchall’ term that is used to describe a bunch of symptoms that can’t really be explained by the medical system. But in nearly all the cases of so-called IBS that I have helped clients with over the years, I’ve never seen one that hasn’t responded favourably to changes in diet,...