Whether you wake up feeling bloated, or it happens progressively throughout the day, there’s one thing you should know: bloating isn’t normal.
Bloating is the body’s way of communicating to you that something in your diet or lifestyle isn’t right. With that said, there could be several different factors causing you to feel bloated, or there may be just one specific cause.
Take a peek at these four common culprits (and solutions) to see which one(s) may be causing your symptoms.
You Have Low Stomach Acid
If you get bloated immediately after you eat-especially with meals that include animal protein (beef, chicken, turkey etc.) -you may not be producing enough stomach acid. Also known as hypochlorhydria, low stomach acid can make you feel like food is just “sitting” there. You may even feel nauseated after eating animal products (as they need a sufficient amount of stomach acid to digest them properly).
Gas, burping, and acid reflux right after meals are also signs of low stomach acid.
Why Do You Have Low Stomach Acid?
Low stomach acid is common because many factors in our modern-day lifestyle deplete stomach acid, such as frequent use of antibiotics, alcohol, and ANTACIDS, improper chewing, processed foods, and CHRONIC STRESS Stomach acid production also naturally declines with AGE.
If you suspect you have low stomach acid, you can try taking a digestive enzyme,
such as betaine HCL
or pepsin, which helps with protein digestion.
Also, taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted n water approximately 20 minutes before meals can also help stimulate stomach acid production and reduce bloating.