The Benefits of Food Sensitivity Testing
The Food Sensitivity Test can help you determine exactly what you are consuming that could be causing stomach bloat, skin issues, brain fog and even joint pain. This information is crucial to know—you can always spread out your meals, eat slower, and eat less, but if you don’t know what particular foods are causing discomfort, you’re unlikely to experience very much relief.
To complete the scan, we’ll send you a convenient collection kit, which you then return to us with a sample of your hair and saliva. Based on these samples, our comprehensive BioResonance food sensitivity testing scan will be able to determine which particular substances are reacting poorly with your systems, including nearly 600 potential environmental and food sensitivities.
Armed with this crucial information, you’ll know exactly what foods cause your stomach to bloat or other discomfort so you can better avoid them.
The Basics of Bloating
Everyone experiences bloat at some point in their life, but for many people, a bloated stomach is much more a part of everyday life than a one-off occurrence. In particular, women seem to be especially prone to bloat and the discomfort and unease that come along with it.
Statistics shows that about 10 to 25 percent of people regularly experience bloat, and that women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from bloating. A study out of the University of North Carolina found that regular bloating affects about 19 percent of women and just 10 percent of men. Those numbers increase significantly among those who suffer from digestive ailments like irritable bowel syndrome.
Understanding why bloat is so common starts with understanding what it is. Research shows that while most people assume a bloated stomach is the result of excess gas in the intestines, it’s really just the perception of increased gas that causes abdominal distention, and an individual’s sensitivity to this perception. In addition to a distended abdomen, symptoms also tend to include pain and pressure in the stomach area.
Of the bloating remedies available, your best bet is food sensitivity testing, which can tell you precisely what you’re consuming that is leading to an upset and distended stomach. But before we get to that, let’s look at some of the most common causes for a bloated stomach.
What Causes Bloat?
Figuring out why you feel bloated is a task easier said than done. After all, most of us expect the bloat following an extra large or fatty meal, but it’s a lot more confusing when bloat comes along during a day of normal, healthful eating.
That being said, there are several culprits that are recognized by experts as being the primary causes of a bloated stomach:
The type of food you eat. Certain foods are simply more likely than others to cause bloating. Generally, these are foods that many people have sensitivities or intolerances to, such as dairy foods (in particular milk and soft cheeses), processed carbohydrates (one of the big reasons that you should always stick to whole grains), and rich, fatty foods (fat takes longer for the body to digest than protein or carbs, and can also be more difficult to digest).
How much you eat. Overeating is a major precursor to an uncomfortable and bloated stomach, which explains why even those who don’t normally experience bloat still find themselves having to unbutton their jeans after a large holiday feast.
The speed at which you eat. Eating too fast results in swallowing a lot of excess air, which can accumulate in the esophagus. It can also easily cause you to overeat, as it takes about 20 minutes for feelings of fullness to reach the brain and if you’re eating faster, you’re consuming a lot more food in that 20 minute period.
When you eat. Consuming a lot of calories all at one time can mess with your body’s natural gastrointestinal rhythm. That’s why eating lightly all day and then sitting down for a huge dinner feels just as bad as eating heavily all day.
Other Bloating Remedies
The health of your gut is closely tied to the health of the rest of your bodily symptoms. Fortunately, holistic medicine offers many bloating remedies that can help your stomach—and the rest of your body—feel a whole lot better.
The first place you should start is with dietary changes. Use our sensitivity test to determine which individual foods are causing bloat, and then make a conscious effort to avoid them. You should also take care to eat more mindfully. Savor your food by eating slower, and nourish your body properly by avoiding overeating or eating meals on an irregular schedule.
Aside from more conscious eating, additional holistic bloating remedies include:
Fennel. You may have noticed that many Indian restaurants offer fennel seeds for after your meal. Fennel helps soothe the digestive tract and reduce cramping. After a meal, chew on a few fennel seeds or drink a cup of fennel tea.
Mint tea. Peppermint tea has relaxant properties that can alleviate bloating and cramps. Drink a cup after a meal, or regularly throughout the day.
Exercise. Being active keeps things moving in your digestive system. Make yourself (and your dog) happy by incorporating a short walk after you eat.
Yoga. Certain poses are excellent at moving food through the digestive tract, especially child’s pose and peacock pose. If you don’t feel like moving, even just lying still on your left side and taking deep breaths can help relax your stomach.
Find Relief with Food Sensitivity Testing
There are many easy changes that you can make in your life and in the way you approach eating that can reduce stomach bloating and have an overall positive effect on your digestive system. A sensitivity test can take it a step further, giving you greater control over your body.
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