Bloating & Bacteria : A Whirlwind Tour

An average human body has about 32 million bacteria on it, mercifully the vast majority of them are harmless to us. Bacteria can be found both inside and outside our body and particularly, in our gastrointestinal tract (our gut). Bacteria can be a cause of stomach upsets and discomfort, nine times out of ten we experience bloating or abdominal distension because of bacteria frantically trying to digest food. If a particular food is stubborn and not easily broken down, the bacteria will give off an excessive quantity of Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen which results in that familiar rumbling and bloating sensation in your stomach.

Try introducing a Bifidobacterium such as a probiotic drink or capsule (note that the type of 'good' bacteria varies from brand to brand) into your diet as these do not expel gas during the digestive process, therefore the introduction of a 'good' bacteria results in competition for binding sites with 'bad' bacteria within the intestine, consequently there is less room for bad bacteria meaning the accumulation of gas in the bowel should decrease!

NOTE: A probiotic bacteria can take several weeks to begin to accommodate adequate binding sites, therefore you may need to consume them for a month or so before you notice any obvious benefit.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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