5 REASONS YOU'RE BLOATED (that has NOTHING to do with the food you’re eating)

8 / NOVEMBER / 2023

Do you often find yourself feeling bloated, regardless of what foods you’ve eaten? If so, you’re not alone. Bloating can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but it’s essential to realise that there’s often more to it than just certain foods triggering your discomfort.

The good news is that many of my clients discover relief after addressing the root causes of their bloating. Let’s dive deeper into why you might be experiencing bloating…

CAUSES OF BLOATING (other than food)

1. Stress: stress plays a more significant role in our digestive health than we might think. When we’re under high stress, our body shifts its focus away from digestion and into “fight or flight” mode. This response is meant to prepare us for danger, not for digesting a meal. As a result, digestion slows down significantly, leading to gas and bloating.

2. SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth): SIBO is a condition where there’s an overabundance of bacteria in the small intestine, a place where there usually shouldn’t be many bacteria. These bacteria ferment food and create gas. This overproduction of gas can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

3. Not Chewing Your Food: digestion begins in the mouth. The process of breaking down food starts when we chew, mixing it with saliva. This not only makes it easier for the stomach to digest but also allows for better absorption of nutrients. When we don’t chew our food thoroughly, larger food particles enter the stomach. These larger particles are more challenging to digest, resulting in gas buildup and bloating.

4. Low Stomach Acid: adequate stomach acid is essential for breaking down the food we eat. It’s the first step in the digestive process. When stomach acid is low, it’s like trying to start a car with a nearly empty gas tank. The body isn’t fully prepared for the food entering the stomach, which can slow down digestion and leave undigested food sitting in the digestive tract for hours. This undigested food contributes to bloating.

5. Dehydration: proper hydration is essential for healthy digestion. When there’s an imbalance of fluids and electrolytes, it can lead to constipation. Constipation means that food moves more slowly through the digestive tract, leading to that bloated feeling.


If you’re tired of dealing with bloating and want to address the root causes, we’re here to help. We understand that it’s more than just about what you eat; it’s about how your body processes it.

Comment ‘BLOAT,’ and let’s work together to make relief from bloating a reality. Say goodbye to that uncomfortable, frustrating bloated feeling and embrace a healthier, happier digestive system.