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What is the Best Way to Handle Bloating?

by Dr. Norman Robillard, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Expert
August 31, 2017

Question: What is the best way to handle bloating?

Answer: Because bloating also linked to excess bacterial fermentation / gas production, the same principles apply as discussed IBS / SIBO: Lower fermentable carbs.

Gut friendly practices are aimed at maximizing digestive efficiency so that the foods you eat (proteins, carbs and fats) are affectively absorbed. This limits the amount of fermentable material persisting in the small intestine. Some general recommendations include:

o    Avoid antibiotics and as many other drugs and supplements as possible unless absolutely needed.
o    Eat slowly and chew well – breaks up food into smaller pieces and allows salivary amylase enzyme more time to breakdown starches
o    Select ripe fruits and veggies, peeling and cooking may also help.
o    Select only low point starches (from Fast Tract Diet), cook well and consume fresh.
o    Fast periodically to encourage the growth of well adapted diverse gut microbes.
o    Consume a broad variety of fresh herbs and green leafy plants to encourage microbial diversity. (the Fast Tract Diet app lists over 90 plants and herbs that are under 3 points).
o    Digestive enzymes (lactase, amylase, lipase and protease) can help as well as ACV/Betaine HCl for subset of people.

Dr. Norman Robillard, Founder of the Digestive Health Institute is a leading gut health expert. He turned his own suffering from chronic acid reflux into a mission to create the drug and antibiotic free Fast Tract Diet for functionalo gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome. The diet has been endorsed by the New York Times Best Seller Co-author, Dr. Michael Eades, G I Surgeon, Dr. Alan Hu, many certified nutritionists and healthcare providers.

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